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How does a perfect face cleansing work? Do I need just soap and water or should it be the latest innovations from the cosmetics industry? Our skin care expert, Hannelore Thomas knows exactly how it’s done:

Basically, the best cream with the most highly dosed active ingredients is of no use when cleansing, as a basis for any further action, is neglected. No one would, for example, give floor wax on the floor without first cleaning it to remove all dust and dirt, right?

The same applies to our skin, first cleansing then care product(s). Among other things, the skin is the organ of excretion. It means the perspiratory and sebaceous glands move excretion products to the skin surface and these need to be removed.

The skin is active also at night. Metabolic degradation products are transported to the surface as part of the tissue generation. This phase in the skin’s daily cycle starts around early evening and in addition to the bladder and intestine, also the largest organ, the skin, increases then its activity.

If we see the skin as an organ, we will understand why the cleansing as a daily care routine is so essential for the functioning of the applied care products and thus for their desired effect.

A thorough facial cleansing consists of two parts, the actual cleansing and preparation of the skin for following care products.

There are many forms of cleansing products: cleansing milk, a gel (used for greasy or combination skin), cleansing foam or powder mixed with water to get a light foam. These surface-active agents loosen gently from the skin what needs to be removed and subsequently they can be washed off with water.

In the second step, the tonic/toner, which is applied to the skin with a cotton pad after cleansing, restores the pH value of the skin (we call it its protective coat) and removes the residues from the tap water. Furthermore, the skin is also thoroughly rehydrated. So you see that a tonic/toner is important and must not be skipped. For only a skin with a natural pH value can most effectively take in the active ingredients of the following care products.

So cleanser and tonic build a perfect set to prepare the skin for the various care products for the day and/or night and this should be included in the daily body care routine mornings and evenings, just as the brushing of the teeth.

Janssen Cosmetics offers cleaners and toners for different skin types: