According to celeb aesthetician Vanessa Hernandez, your face wash could be thing that's standing in the way between clean pores and gunky ones. The skin-care pro, who calls Amber Valletta, Grey's Anatomy star Jessica Capshaw and even goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow as clients, says your creamy face wash is...well...skin deep.
"At night to wash, I recommend a bubbly, foamy, gentle cleanser—no cream cleansers, no oil cleansers, because they don't really work," advised the pro. "Try using a cream cleanser. After drying your face with a towel, you'll see that you'll still have—if you're wearing makeup—stuff left over."
"As you're lathering, the suds and the bubbles attach onto the dirt, onto the sunscreen, onto the makeup and remove; whereas, the creamy may feel more nourishing, but you're really not cleaning the skin. You're hydrating-cleaning rather than cleaning-cleaning," Vanessa explained. "A good way to tell if you got your sunscreen or makeover off is after you wash and pat dry, use a toner on a cotton ball and see if you have gunk on it."
"It's the best face wash I've ever used in my life. The packaging is super ugly…but using the right cleanser will eliminate all the tiny buildup you get, and by eliminating all the tiny buildup, you're less prone to get the deep [buildup]."
"The more you exfoliate, the less buildup of dead skin cells, the less wrinkles you'll get as you get older, the more glowy, the more fresh, the better your skin will look and the better your products will penetrate because you have less skin cells," she added.