The results are in: you’re going to be in a better mood.
While it might sound counterintuitive, the research suggests that lathering your face with the gel cleanser is much more effective than using a facial mask.
“It has been shown to improve the mood of people,” said Dr. David R. Haggerty, the head of dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, who was not involved in the study.
“There are other studies that show people are more motivated and more satisfied with their facial cleansing when they are doing something more meaningful.”
“If you’re trying to maintain your appearance, a facial cleansing product is just not going to do it,” Dr. Haggarty said.
“But if you’re using your face as a mask, it’s really going to enhance your mask.”
For the study, Dr. Raine and colleagues at Mayo and the University of Pennsylvania studied more than 1,500 people, ages 50 and older, who were asked to take a 30-minute test of their facial appearance.
The results were recorded by a camera on a computer screen.
Participants were asked three questions: their skin tone, how clean their face felt, and their facial attractiveness.
They then answered a series of questions on a questionnaire about their health and lifestyle.
The results were surprising.
In the face of the best-loved facial cleansing products, the gel cleansing products were the only ones that showed improvement.
The gel cleansers were the most effective, according to the results, with facial cleansers getting more than twice as many positive responses.
The gel cleanses, Dr Haggery said, were also significantly more effective for removing blemishes, redness and wrinkles.
“They’re much more gentle,” he said.
Dr Haggory said it may take some time for people to fully accept the benefits of a gel cleansing routine.
“I would like to see a more concerted effort on the part of the cosmetics industry to get people on board,” he added.
“If a lot of people are using a gel, then it will be hard to convince them that the product is worth the effort.”
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