Like many, you probably give your visage a rinse with H20 after you wake up and before bed, but according to Beverly Hills-based skin-care expert Brigitte Basse, you could be stripping yourself of protectant layers.
"Washing your face in the morning removes all the natural oil (also called the acid mantle of the skin) that your body has produced over night to protect you from daytime skin scavengers, such as pollution, dirt and sun rays," explained Alexis Bledel's longtime aesthetician.
"Water is alkaline and leaves chlorine dots on the face, exactly as it does when splashed on a mirror," noted the skin expert. "As the skin is naturally acidic, hard alkaline water disrupts its natural balance."
For Dry or Mature Skin: The skin professional recommended toners with a PH that is "close to the natural PH of the skin (5.6), made with soothing, natural ingredients and are free from artificial fragrance, like Environ Moisturizing Toner or Environ C-Quence Toner," she added. (Editor's note: This brand is only available at dermatologists' offices and medi-spas.)
For Oily or Pigmented Skin: Try toners with a lower PH (4/4.5) than the one of the skin. Look for products containing lactic acid or grapefruit extracts.
Keep Calm and Carry on With a Nighttime Cleanse: "However, washing at night is a must, making sure that toner is used to remove hard water and help skin reach an acidic PH again," said Brigitte. "I call it the ‘Windex' of the face."
We are in a drought, after all.