All there is to know about MAKE-UP REMOVAL/CLEANSING

Cleansing your face is the first beauty gesture for having beautiful skin. It enables blemishes to be prevented, by avoiding the accumulation of residue on the face, better absorbing skincare products and also favour better make-up hold.

Good cleansing

We all dream of having healthy, glowing skin that doesn’t even need make-up. But to obtain it, we tend to either do too much and multiple skincare treatments to achieve perfect skin (brighten the complexion, rid the skin of spots and redness, make pores disappear, prevent the signs of ageing…), or not use the right products or even neglect this stage when many skin disorders are simply due to unsuitable cleansing.

 Why should you cleanse your skin every day?

The skin is a sensitive ecosystem, permanently interacting with its environment. Pollution, make-up and impurities alter its ability to deal with stressors, which creates imbalances. The skin must be well cleansed morning and evening, all while respecting its natural biological balance.


Cleansing the skin in the morning enables impurities like dust from the pillowcase or sheets to be removed, as well as sebum, perspiration and dead skin cells that have accumulated during the night. If these residues are not removed each morning, the skin will lose radiance, the complexion will become dull, the skin texture will be less refined, excess sebum blemishes more frequent. These factors will contribute to premature skin ageing. Indeed, it is a night that cells renew themselves the most. It is therefore important to carefully cleanse the skin on waking, with no harshness, to prepare it to receive various skincare products.

Wash your face in the morning also gives a boost of energy, refreshing and toning the skin. Finally, make-up will hold better on clean, moisturised skin than several layers of sebum and other impurities.


A lot of women tend to skip removing their make up before they go to bed. It’s a bad habit that’s very common because it is late or simply felt to be unnecessary. Even if make up has worn off during the day, it remains on the skin for eight hours longer Make up can also contain allergens. If you don’t take it off regularly, it will clog the skin’s pores, disturb their natural functioning and have an occlusive effect. The clogged pores will dilate. Irritations will appear. Patches and redness on the forehead and wings of the nose will set in. For people subject to acne and rosacea for example, the symptoms of these skin diseases will intensify If it can be tolerated during the day, it is vital to remove it in the evening.

Beyond eliminating make up, cleansing your skin in the evening also enables the pollution, sebum and all impurities that have accumulated throughout the day to be removed.

What are the biological mechanisms?

On the surface of our skin, there are “good” and “bad” bacteria.  The first (resident flora) defend us against the second (occasional flora, composed of pathogens, source of infection).  The resident flora on the skin reinforces the body’s protection by stimulating the immune system.  Indeed, it secretes substances able to inhibit growth of occasional bacteria, and even kill them. The skin also produces its own waste sebum excess, dead skin cells, toxins. This is why it is important to cleanse it well to eliminate this waste but to maintain a good balance of the skin flora, you shouldn’t “strip it” either.

Content courtesy of Thalgo Australia