Proper Face Washing: Should You Skip Cleansing In The Morning? | Clozette

We’d all love to have flawless-looking skin, that’s why we can be a bit meticulous about our skincare. Usually, what comes first in our elaborate multi-step routines is face washing. Prior to applying all sorts of moisturisers, oils, and essences on our faces, it has become automatic for us to wash our faces before anything else. Normally, people wash their faces twice a day: in the morning and at night. But what if this habit does more harm than good? 

In a video with Vogue, Hollywood actress Bella Thorne revealed that face washing only once a day helped stop her acne. “I don't wash my face in the morning because there’s something called over-washing your face. And when I had really bad acne, that was one of the things I stopped, and it actually helped my skin,” she explained. It seems quite a ridiculous idea at first. After all, this most basic skincare practice helps refresh and clean our face before we start our day. So would Bella’s advice really work? 

Is over-washing really a thing?

Woman washing her face

Contrary to popular belief, having a squeaky clean feeling is a sign that there’s something wrong with your routine. If you feel this way after cleansing, it means you’ve over-washed and stripped your skin of its natural oils. This leaves it without a barrier for external pollutants that we may encounter during the day. Not only that but washing your face too much can also leave your skin dry and reddish in the long run. 

Recovering from over-washing

If you’re experiencing a tight and dry feeling, maybe it’s time to switch up your routine. Aside from the cleanser you’re using, the frequency of your face washing also contributes greatly to this problem. To put a stop to this, try not to use any product on your skin for a few days and leave it to rest and recover on its own. If you really can’t help it, use cleansing oils for a change because they don’t disrupt the production of your natural oils. 

Cleansing once a day

Woman about to do her face washing-- the first step to a skincare routine

(Photo from: MsElaineHeng)

The optimum time to do your face washing is at night, to clean off all the makeup and pollutants stuck to your pores after a long day. But, you might be wondering, if excessive dirt and oil cause our breakdowns, wouldn’t it make better sense to cleanse them off as much as possible? Well, according to The New York Times, while we sleep at night, our body works on repairing the damage and producing the protective oil barriers our skin needs. Cleansing in the morning would just strip all those nourishment away, leaving you vulnerable to more pimple-causing irritants.

Proper face washing

Wide array of skincare products laid out

(Photo from: paradeoflove)

Still, skincare isn’t a one-type-fits-all kind of thing. It still depends on your skin and what feels best for you. Face washing is just the first step to your skincare, and other habits such as your diet contribute a lot to how your skin appears. The only way to know which works best for you is by experimenting. What can really help is finding a good cleanser — one that effectively removes all the bad stuff while being gentle enough to leave the natural oils your skin needs. And if you found one and your skin type can withstand face washing twice a day, then go ahead and feel free to do your thing!

(Cover photo from: MsElaineHeng)

Looking for a cleanser that’s gentle for your skin? Check out these Mika Ninagawa X FANCL Cleansers.



From your coffee to your favourite meals, there are go-to recipes that just get it right. The same goes for our skincare routines; there are just combinations that work. Now you can say the same for your tresses. The perfect recipe for good hair days is finally here! Say hello to Hair Recipe, a new range of superfood-inspired haircare products that will feed your hair with nothing but goodness. 

Hair Recipe full range

Housed in bright, classy bottles, they surely are a feast on the eyes. Much like the aroma of a gastronomic treat, the products have delightful scents that ignite the senses. And the best part of all? They’re packed with nature-inspired ingredients that nourish the hair — just like how food nourishes the body. There’s a perfect recipe depending on your hair’s needs, too.

A recipe for moisture

Hair Recipe Honey & Apricot line

It’s time to bid dry hair goodbye. Made with Original TripleBlend formula that regulates the absorption of moisture in the hair, the Hair Recipe Honey & Apricot line invigorates the scalp and hair while cleanses gently. The sunny-coloured shampoo, conditioner, and treatment mask also contain conditioning actives that moisturise the hair from within and leave it looking shiny. Indulge in relaxation, too, when you get a whiff of its honey & apricot scent.

A recipe for volume

Hair Recipe Kiwi & Fig range

Limp and lifeless hair? The Hair Recipe Kiwi & Fig range is the answer. It has a Unique Volume recipe made with Kiwi and Fig that strengthens the scalp and hair while gently cleansing them. Formulated with NutriLift technology, the line gives each strand a coating of a nourishing and strengthening thin film like silk that gives the hair more volume. But it’s not just the hair that the shampoo and conditioner from this line gives a boost, your mood will be uplifted too by its refreshing kiwi & fig scent.

A recipe for damage repair

Hair Recipe Apple & Ginger line

Revive damaged hair with the Hair Recipe Apple & Ginger line. Made with an original Damage Repair formula, the shampoo and conditioner from the range make sure that moisture is absorbed right by the hair. They also contain conditioning actives that repair the hair and smoothen its texture. You’ll also love using this crimson-hued line because it has a calming but invigorating mix of apple & ginger scents.

Treat your hair to the perfect Hair Recipe here.


The week is finally coming to a close. But before you leave for a relaxing getaway this weekend, catch up on all the exciting updates that happened during the week. From Anessa SG announcing Joanne Peh as their new ambassador to Fenty’s colourful second drop — you’ll be sure to get all the latest fashion and beauty news here.

Joanne Peh is now Anessa SG’s new ambassador

Anessa recently revealed that Singaporean actress Joanne Peh will be their brand’s latest ambassador. Just yesterday, 20 June, Joanne and her husband, Qi Yu Wu, graced the Watsons Grand Opening at Ngee Ann City. The actress shared that she is a proud user of the number one Japanese sunscreen brand for six years now. And, as a mum of two, she is also happy that the sunscreen is safe enough even for her two kids. Talk about finding a sunblock that’s perfect for the whole fam! 

Mussvital is named the best sensitive skincare brand in Singapore

Speaking of skincare products for sensitive skin, you might want to check out Mussvital. The dermactive European skincare range just won the title of Best Sensitive Skincare Brand in the 2019 Watsons Health, Beauty, and Wellness Award. Mussvital’s secret lies in their biologically active ingredients that balance and strengthen the skin from the inside out. Paraben-free and soap-free, their products are safe enough to nourish and protect even a baby’s skin. From lotions to shower gels, you’ll be sure to find everything you need from Mussvital’s gentle line up.

Fenty goes light and colourful for their second drop

Corseted neutrals were what made up Rihanna’s first-ever drop when her fashion brand, Fenty, launched last May. But, for her second collection, she’s taking us on a tropical tour. With light and bright textiles, Fenty’s 6-19 Release is intended for ease of travel. Midi and mini dresses in bright satin were launched, as well as pieces with Japanese-inspired prints. Have a vacation coming up? Try to get one of the summery pieces from Fenty while stocks last.

A Kim Kardashian x Winnie Harlow makeup collab is in the works

Winnie Harlow retweets Kim Kardashian's announcment


In an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians that aired earlier this week, the Hollywood celebrity revealed an exciting project coming up for her beauty brand. Kim Kardashian announced that she’s working with model Winnie Harlow for KKW Beauty. While we don’t know what’s in store for us yet, the episode gave a bit of a sneak peek of the photoshoot for the collab. The campaign shows Kim and Winnie laying on sand dunes. With this tease of their glamorous bronze and jewel-toned looks, we’re expecting to see great things from this exciting collab. 

Your beauty kit needs these colourful additions, stat!