Rozy really wants to know…I used to live next to a cosmetologist and she said that when using face cleanser you are supposed to not do it in the shower because it doesn’t have time to work, you should do it in an upwards motion to prevent wrinkles (even though I was a preteen thats what she taught me at a Mary Kay party). I really like using facial cleanser in the shower is it true that its less effective?
The Left Brain responds:
“Regular” facial cleaners (simple surfactant-based face washes) are designed to remove makeup, oil, and dirt. These products don’t require any extra time to work so there’s nothing wrong with using them in the shower. However, there are a few speciality products that have special usage requirements
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Facial Cleanser
Should be used twice a day for optimum anti-acne efficacy. So unless you want to shower two times a day you’ll have to use it out of shower.
Freeze 24-7 Ice Shield Face Facial Cleanser with Sunscreen
This product contains a sunscreen that deposits on your skin as you wash your face; it needs to be left on 1 to 2 minutes before rinsing which maybe be difficult to do in the shower.
Upwards motion to prevent wrinkles?
Applying a facial wash with an “upwards” motion will not help prevent the causes of aging like photo-aging or the collapse of collagen/elastin fibers. Does your application technique ever make a difference? Yes, in some cases it does. Sunscreens, for example, need to be applied with very even, smooth strokes because they won’t work very well if they don’t evenly coat the skin. Same thing is true for sunless tanners if you don’t apply them consistently you’ll end up with streaks. Some types of make up have similar application issues you need to be careful when applying wrinkle concealing foundations to make sure they fill in those fine lines evenly.
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