The sebaceous glands of the skin produce oil that moves up the hair shaft to the suface of the skin. This oil provides a protective barrier by holding in moisture to keep the skin soft. By stripping the face of these oils, we are in turn asking for problems. Skin becomes dry and flaky and unprotected.
When cleansing the face, a gentle creamy cleanser (sulfate-free) or glycerin based soap made for the face should be used. Sulfates strip the skin of its oils and create a drying environment, resulting in tight, flaky skin.
Exfoliating cleansers with beads or grains that loosen dead skin cells should be used in place of a daily cleanser to speed cell turnover for a healthy glow.
Something as simple as changing your face wash can make a huge difference in the health and appearance of your skin's complexion.