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Face Time With Melanie Simon:

the rules of
cleansing

Skin care expert Melanie Simon breaks down how often you should wash your face and what to use when you do it. 

Expert esthetician Melanie Simon is perpetually radiant. She’s even made her appointment-only magic available for at-home use with her palm-size ZIIP Nano Current Skincare Device and brand-new, super-potent  Serum C. In a recurring video series, the skin care guru doles out easy-to-follow advice about the best techniques, products, and routines for your complexion. This week, she tackles best practices for cleansing. the deceptively simple process of washing your face. 

Washing one’s face is a task that seems like it should be fairly straightforward. Soap, water, washcloth, basta. But like most things in life, cleansing is deceptively complex. Before you roll your eyes, consider the variables: frequency, water temperature, lifestyle, makeup routine, etc. And that’s not even taking into account the various types of cleanser formulations. Milky, sudsy, oily, foamy, balmy—it’s like a complexion-obsessed tribe of dwarves.

Plus, cleansing is important. It’s your first line of defense against breakouts, and it preps your face to interact with everything else in your skin care routine. So what’s the best way to wash up? And what have we been doing wrong? Enter Melanie Simon. We posed our questions to the skin care guru and asked her to call out some of the most common cleansing mistakes. Watch above to learn Simon’s Rules of Cleansing. Life is complicated—washing your face shouldn’t be. 

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Simon suggests Bioderma Sensibio H2O for all skin types: “No one ever has a problem with it.” Her tip: use gauze to apply.

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Simon also likes Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water. “It has lactic acid in it, so it does give you a little pop.”

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If you crave a good, sudsy foam, Simon’s choice is the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. “It gives you that feeling that you’re getting really clean, but it’s not stripping your skin.”