Is Your Face Wash Messing With Your Skin?

Hallie Gould


Washing your face is so important—it's the first step in your skincare routine and, if done incorrectly, can mess with the effectiveness of the rest of your products. Celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau explains, "If your cleanser is damaging, then everything you use afterwards (toner, serum, and moisturiser) must do repair work to fix the irritation."

As someone who swears by a serum that costs $188 (you can read more about how magical it is here), I expect it to do its job properly. To better understand which ingredients are harmful, I tapped Rouleau for more information. She named three top contenders to look out for and offered up a better alternative for each. Keep reading to make sure you're not using a cleanser that contains one (or more) of them.

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