Your goal is to find a cleanser that is non-irritating, non-inflammatory, and soothing, but still thoroughly cleans your skin. Stay away from heavily scented cleansers. After washing your face, your skin should feel free of any filminess, but not so squeaky-clean that your face feels taut or itchy. Washing with soap will make your skin feel that way.

Find good cleanser, Cleansing Technique

Soap strips the skin of natural oils and can leave a residue at the same time. To clean your face gently, it is worth getting a facial cleanser specifically formulated to clean deeply without stripping the skin. A good cleanser can be used on your entire face, including eyelids, neck, and chest. If you usually use a bar of soap or a spritz of liquid soap to cleanse, it’s time to change that habit if you want your skin to look younger.

We do recommend using an exfoliating cleanser.

Look for salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) on the label.

Even though cleanser remains on your face for a short time, these ingredients will help to remove dead cells and give a boost to the cell renewal process.

To avoid creating a product that is overly drying, many cosmetics companies add substances that promote water retention, called humectants, and other moisture-gathering compounds to their formulas. The problem is that these cleansers often leave a film on the skin. For anti-aging purposes you should choose a stronger cleanser without the moisturizing add-ins.

Most cosmetic cleansers employ synthetic cleansers called syndets that are pH-neutral and do not leave a film on the skin. Two that you will commonly see are sodium cocoyl isethionate, derived from coconuts; and sodium palmitate, from palm trees. Method uses sodium PCA to adjust the pH of the skin to prepare it for nourishment and to bind water to the skin’s surface. Our formula also uses aloe vera glycosides, which accelerate cell renewal. A rice protein and an amino acid compound regulate water channeling through the aquaporin on a cellular level, ensuring that skin is smooth, hydrated, and soothed.

If possible, try the product before you buy a cleanser. Rub a little on the soft skin on the inside of your arm. If the cleanser does not cause redness or irritation, the product will most likely be fine for your face, neck, and chest.

Cleansing Technique

It should take you only sixty seconds to cleanse your face. No matter how tired you are, remember that going to bed with clean, freshly nourished skin will allow your skin to regenerate while you sleep. Maintenance is the key to younger-looking skin.

You should use the same technique as you do for the polish step:

At night, your skin will already be damp from having just been polished. In the morning, wet your skin a bit before cleansing. Place a pea-size drop of cleanser on your fingertips and work it onto your face first from the jawline up. Starting just below your jawline and moving upward, massage your face, including your eye area. Add more cleanser if needed.

Rinse well with tepid water and pat dry.

Working up from your bra line, repeat for your chest, shoulders, upper back, and neck.

The skin is an organ of absorption. Your face is exposed to many harmful pollutants, chemicals, and bacteria, which are absorbed through the skin and cause uncontrolled inflammation. Keeping your skin meticulously clean will reduce the toxic load in your body, and preventing the buildup of toxins is a very effective anti-aging strategy.

Proper cleansing prepares your skin to absorb the nutrients you will apply in the next step.

Recommendations for Facial Cleansers

Using a cleanser created specifically for the face will help to preserve and restore your skin. We prefer cleansers that contain some mild exfoliants to extend the effects of the polish step. These cleansers will neither dry your skin nor leave a residue.

Luxury:
Lancer Skincare The Method: Cleanse
Chanel Sublimage Essential Comfort Cleanser
AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes
Le Métier de Beauté Skin Renewal Cleanser
Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Milk

Moderate:
Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Purifying Foaming Cleanser
Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask

Affordable:
RoC MAX Resurfacing Facial Cleanser
L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Youth Regenerating Skincare Foaming Gel Cleanser