We’ve all read articles on the importance of keeping your face clean to help prevent those pores from clogging up. However, washing your face more than twice a day or using facial wash products that leave your face taut can actually be harmful to your skin. Too many facial washes along with those harsh cleansers can rid your skin of the essential/natural oils needed to maintain healthy skin and could increase the risk of dehydrating your skin to the point of damage. OUCH! Avoid cleansers that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS) as these contribute to the oil stripping process. Instead, look for glucose based products or products made from coconut oil. Some of these ingredients include coco betaine, cocamidopropyl betaine, coco glucoside, decyl glucoside and sucrose laurate as these are gentler on your skin.