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Cleansing 101: Why cleaning your face is quintessential to your daily regimen

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When you hear skincare regimen, a hoard of nourishing and hydrating products come to your mind starting with facial oils and serums for daily use, and ending with once-a-week masks. But we often disregard one of the most important steps of a regimen – cleansing!

Why is it so important?

First, the obvious reason: cleaning your face removes build-up of oil, sebum, dirt, makeup, and pollutants. If not regularly washed off, this build-up can cause breakouts, large pores, and clogged follicles. Second, cleansing also removes sweat and dead skin which (truly) is basic hygiene.

Third, cleansing over and again allows your skin to soak up more hydration and become healthier over time. And finally, it increases the effectiveness of every other product you use on your skin.

What kind of cleansing do you need?

It truly depends on how much time you have on your hands, how much effort are you willing to put in and what kind of products suit your skin. Wet wipes are the first, most basic and quickest way to cleanse, followed by a face wash, some scrub, double cleansing products, micellar water and a lot more.

Need we say any more? Here’s a list of really great cleansers that we swear by.

#1: Kaya Acne Free Purifying Cleanser

Bursting with the goodness of salicylic acid, this one’s a lifesaver for oily acne prone and sensitive skinned people. We’ve tried it and it truly reduces existing acne and prevents future breakouts. It also boosts your skin’s nourishment. It’s the perfect way to start your day.

#2: Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel

This one’s a skin-soothing, soap-free and paraben-free facial cleanser that targets oily and sensitive skin without stripping or drying off your skin. Psst… it’s anti-inflammatory and sebum-regulating ingredients are whipped with Avene’s thermal spring water for a positively hydrating experience.

#3: NIVEA Milk Delights Face Wash Turmeric

With Nivea, let’s go back to our roots. Remember as a kid, our mom would clean our faces with a miracle concoction of milk and turmeric? Well, Nivea has packed this up in a bottle. It’s an all-natural, mild-on-your-skin formula that will truly enhance the health of your face.

#4: MCaffeine Deep Pore Cleansing Regime

It’s not just about how you wash your face. Cleansing involves some extra deep detox of your face as well. MCaffeine’s trio of face care with a scrub, face wash and mask will strip your skin off all impurities and feed it some nourishing, polishing and freshening goodness of coffee.

#5: Nykaa Naturals Tea Tree Essential Oil

While face oils are usually hydrators and meant for post-cleanse care for your skin, tea tree oil has its own magic. A natural cleanser and curer, wiping off your face every morning and night with a wet cotton pad dabbed in tea tree oil cures pimples and reduces pigmentation. It’s also a great toner.

#6: Lakme 9to5 Natural Aloe Cleansing Wipes

Long day? Start your night or cleanse on the go by soothing your skin with a boost of aloe vera, packed in a cleansing wipe. These soft, non-alcoholic wipes will deeply clean, hydrate and freshen up your skin. It will remove dirt and makeup and control the oil on your face. P.S. They’re eco-friendly!

#7: Ponds Pure Detox Anti-pollution Purity Face Wash With Activated Charcoal

Charcoal can never take a backseat in a conversation about cleansing. A natural magnet for impurities and pollutants, this charcoal face wash will leave your skin sans any harmful build-up. Great for all skin types and perfect for your travel pouches, this detoxifying cleanser will make your skin glow.

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