It’s a new year, so it’s the perfect time to incorporate some small but important changes in how you take care of your body. The best place to start is your face and, specifically, not damaging it every morning. First, do not put that bar of body soap on your mug. Ever.
“Soaps and cleansers today are on opposite sides of the spectrum," says Dr. Macrene Alexiades, a New York–based dermatologist during a quick facial cleanser 101. "The key ingredient in soap is lye, which is a base and is really going to destroy the acid mantle on your face that protects the skin from microbes, bacteria, and viruses.”