Cleansing is probably that part of your skin care routine that you don’t pay much attention to. Sure, you’ll wash your face morning and night, but chances are that you’re more focussed on getting skin benefits from your essences, serums, treatments, eye creams and moisturisers than your cleanser.

In reality, cleansing is actually the unsung hero in your skin care regimen.

“Cleansing your skin is the most important step in your routine! Ensuring that your skin is clean and exfoliated helps to prevent breakouts, removes surface dry dead skin cells – which stimulates cell turnover, and reveals fresher skin that looks smooth and dewy,” says facialist Jocelyn Petroni.

She adds, “Thoroughly cleansed skin acts as the perfect base for active and results-driven eye creams, serums and moisturisers to penetrate the skin and do their job more effectively, and for an even and lasting makeup application. Until you’ve cleansed your skin, nothing will penetrate the dirt, makeup and excess oil sitting on your skin.”

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