By Or Gotham, he/him
First things first—even though the weather is cooling down, you should still wear SPF. You've seen what the sun can do to sun-dried tomatoes! Think of what it can do to you. Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about the proper way to cleanse to make sure you're not going to sleep with the day's sunblock, makeup, and other gunk on your face. YTTP's friend and esthetician Despina Daniilidis is along for the journey—read on for some of her key insights.
Do it twice
The key is double-cleansing. Using an oil-based cleanser first will help break down makeup and SPF on your face. An added bonus is that an oil-based cleanser is also super effective at clinging to your skin's oil—so even those with oily skin can get in on the action. Follow up with a water-based cleanser, like the gentle and effective Superfood Cleanser, to wash it all away and you'll be good to go.
The best tool may already be in hand
Despina Daniilidis has a great philosophy on using skincare tools:
"Tools, like cleansing brushes or pads, are available to us to add to the cleansing experience, like fragrance in skincare, for example," says Daniilidis. If they suit you or will make washing your face more enjoyable, then go for it. Otherwise, your hands will serve you well.
Don't take more than you give
"We want to ensure your skin is being treated at the same time as it's being cleansed," says Daniilidis. Youth To The People's Superfood Cleanser can do just that. Kale, spinach, and green tea introduce antioxidants and vitamins to your skin. I like to think cleansers should follow the old Scouts adage: Always leave it better than you found it.
The million-dollar question
Is your SPF breaking you out? If you're having a breakout, it's helpful to look at your whole skincare routine. Did you recently add anything? Remove anything? If it's a sunscreen that's never given you any trouble before, it could be hormones, or the way the products are layered, or even just the change in seasons. Trial and error is a part of finding any product you love (SPF, included.). As Daniilidis so eloquently puts it, "The best sunscreen is one you're going to use."
Written by Or Gotham for Youth To The People