Should you wash your face in the morning if you cleanse it at night?

Published on: 17 June 2022, 12:53 pm IST

Why is there a need to wash your face in the morning when you cleanse it at night too? Experts answer why it is more than the double effort.

Shifa Khan
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Do you really need to clean your skin after you wake up? Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
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Cleansing is the most important step in any skincare routine. It sets the base for the entire skincare routine. So, you rubbed and scrubbed your face at night and used many serums, lotions, and facial oils right before you dozed off. But, is it really worth it to repeat the entire process and wash your face again once you wake up? The lazy girl in me says, “NO”. But let’s hear it from the experts.

HealthShots got in touch with Vipin Sharma, Senior Product and Research Manager at Fixderma India Pvt Ltd, who revealed if it’s necessary to cleanse your face after waking up.

Sharma says “Your skin can be either oily, dry, normal or acne-prone. Based on your skin type, your skin will react in the morning. Oily skin will wake up to a lot of sebum and grease on the face in the morning. Dry skin will wake up dehydrated unless moisturized well at night and so on. But, one thing is common in all skin types; Cleaning up the pores and removing the traces of your night time skincare routine in the morning.”

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A good cleanser is an important part of your skincare routine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

“A lot of products of the night time skincare routine consist of exfoliating agents, and retinol which should be removed properly in the morning to ensure no reaction with the sun. It always gives a clean base for your daytime skincare routine.” Sharma told HealthShots

One can always prefer a gentle cleanser in the morning but the important factor is to ensure cleaning your pores from within and removing residues from skin to ensure no pore clogging and accumulation of dead cells.

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As per skincare experts, it is important to wash your face when you wake up. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Dr Kaustav Guha Director, skin expert, R&D Division, SkinKraft Labs, told HealthShots about the importance of cleansing your skin in the morning as well.

It is always advisable to wash your face in the morning even if you have cleansed it the night before for many reasons:

1. At night we might be using night creams that contain actives such as retinol which are not recommended to be used in the morning so it is essential to wash your face in the morning to remove those residual creams/serum.
2. It’s also important to remove oil/sebum which gets accumulated overnight
3. Washing face in the morning helps to remove bacteria which lurks on pillowcases
4. A clean face also gives a good base for our morning skin care regime.

Shifa Khan Shifa Khan

An aesthete and a skincare junkie, Shifa spends most of her time cooking delish food while wearing a sheet mask. At HealthShots, she creates high-octane content that can leave you all a little intrigued!

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