Beauty: Have you been cleansing your skin in the wrong way?

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When it comes to spring cleaning, forget giving the house a good going over and instead pay some attention to your complexion.

After months of lockdown your skin will be in need of a deep clean, so we asked A-list facialist and Heaven founder Deborah Mitchell to share her top tips.

A cleanser is the essential first step in any skincare routine. It removes make-up, dead cells, oil and daily pollutants, unclogging the pores and preventing breakouts.

Because the face is exposed to all sorts of environmental aggressors, from UV light to pollution, it sweats and becomes dirty faster than any other part of your body. So if you don’t cleanse properly, you leave all that grime on your skin day in day out.


Soak your face with warm water, making sure it’s not too hot as this can actually dehydrate your skin and damage sensitive areas, before applying a small amount of cleanser. Gently massage in a circular motion, avoiding the eye area; rinse thoroughly and pat, not rub, your face dry with a clean, soft towel.

Leaving your cleanser on your face for one minute will save you time and money in the long run. You’ll find that your makeup goes on smoother and pores will stay tightly closed.


The most important thing you can do for your skin is to ensure it’s properly cleansed every morning and every night and, for me, the most effective way to do this is to do it twice.

The reason for this is that the first cleanse can simply move the dirt and grease around your face and this can lead to breakouts; by repeating your cleansing routine means you get deeper into your pores.

This double cleanse method is particularly useful if you live near a busy road or work in the city. Being close to cars all day means dust and pollution literally sticks to your skin and can be difficult to remove if you just have a quick wash.

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