Cleansing is an Essential Part of Caring for Your Skin:
*Use warm water and limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time to about 15 minutes or less, and use warm, rather than hot, water.
*Avoid strong soaps. Strong detergent soaps strips oil from your skin and leave your skin dry. If possible use organic soaps made of coconut oil, olive oil, soybean oil, and shea butter; if not choose mild soap detergent substitutes with added oils and fats; good choices include Dove, Vanicream, Cetaphil and Purpose.
*Avoid irritating additives. If your skin is sensitive, avoid products containing perfumes or dyes. These can irritate your skin and may trigger an allergic response.
Moisturizers help maintain your skin's natural moisture levels. They work by providing a seal over your skin, to keep water from escaping, or by slowly releasing water into your skin.
The moisturizer that's best for you and the frequency with which you need to moisturize depend on many factors, including your skin type, your age, and whether you have specific skin conditions.
A good way to test if you need a moisturizer is to wait 20 minutes after bathing. If your skin feels tight, you should apply a moisturizer. If your skin is very dry, you may want to apply an oil, such as jojoba oil while your skin is still moist.
Oil has more staying power than moisturizers do and prevents the evaporation of water from the surface of your skin. If your skin is oily, you may want to skip moisturizing.