Overwhelmed by all the facial cleansing and toning products out there? You probably don’t need to worry about anything beyond a good cleanser or soap for a clean face, according to USA Today, which reports a simple skin care routine may be best.
There is a huge array of face-washing products available — from makeup removers and scrubbing pads to exfoliating gels and toners. However, dermatologists recommend that if you have reasonably normal skin, all you need is a gentle face soap and a moisturizer. The skin care routine is simple: wash your face twice a day and apply a moisturizer afterwards (one with sunscreen in the morning).
“You don’t need 25 products to have good, clean skin,” says dermatologist Karen Nern. “Cleansing your face is not complicated.”
Most pre- and post-face wash products are a waste of money for relatively normal skin, and some people “can do too much with too many products and irritate their skin,” Nern says.
For instance, dermatologist Meryl Blecker Joerg says that there’s no need for post-wash toners because “they tend to remove the natural oils that should remain on the skin.” Today most cleansers are at a normal pH, making toners unnecessary.
Dermatologists also warn against fads, such as washing your face with bleach or with hydrogen peroxide — two current ones being promoted on the Internet. “Way too harsh,” Nern says.
Choosing a Face Wash for Your Simple Skin Care Routine
Your face wash is important since it’s one of the only products you’ll use for your skin care routine.
You can choose a bar, gel or liquid; what’s important is that the product is formulated for the face, not the body. Also, avoid products that contain deodorant, antiseptics or other additives.
Talk to your dermatologist about which soap or cleanser they recommend. It doesn’t have to be expensive to work well. Brands like Dove, Purpose and Cetaphil are often recommended by dermatologists for patients who are on a budget.