When we were children, we were told to wash until we were squeaky clean and our skin shone. Unfortunately, many of us have held on to that misconception about skin care. Getting squeaky clean isn't a sign that you've done your skin cleansing properly: It's a symptom of stripping away your body's natural oils.
Of course, you want to wash off dirt, bacteria and perspiration, but your skin needs to retain a certain amount of oil and moisture. One of the skin cleansing tips you'll always hear from experts is to use a facial cleanser for your face and a body soap or wash for your body. It sounds like common sense, but many of us use the same cleanser on our faces and our bodies for simplicity's sake. If you've got dry skin, it's especially important to use a specially formulated cleanser for your face. Choose one that's mild and hydrating. For your body, a gentle, fragrance-free soap will work just fine.