Washing your face should seem simple enough, right? Yes, it can be simple for some people. But it’s also worth the effort to get it right for your skin type and concerns. Washing your face properly removes dirt, dead skin cells, makeup and anything else that could clog your pores. And, depending on the cleanser you use, it can also help treat certain skin conditions such as acne and dry patches.
Below are 10 tips to help you make the most of your cleansing products and ensure that you’re washing your face properly.
1. Wash Your Face Every Night
If anything, make sure you go to bed with a clean face. This is a hard-and-fast rule when it comes to caring for your skin, and it holds true even on days you don’t wear makeup. During the day, our natural oils and swear accumulate on the skin, and it is exposed to dirt and pollution. Because of this, it’s important to wash your face at the end of the day to remove all the dirt.
2. Use Lukewarm Water
Using water that is too hot can be quite damaging to the delicate skin on your face. Water that is too hot can strip the skin of its natural oils and dry it out. It can also cause dilation of the blood vessels and breakage of delicate tissue. So, if you’re a fan of washing your face in the shower, be sure to turn the temperature down. Lukewarm water is best for washing your face.
3. Find the right cleanser for your skin
When looking for a facial cleanser, you should consider your skin type and concerns. For example, if you have dry skin and any other skin conditions such as rosacea or eczema. Here is a quick summary of the types of cleansers suitable for different skin types:
4. Make sure you have clean hands first
Something that people tend to forget about is washing your hands before cleansing your skin. If you’re washing your face with unclean hands, you’re pushing that dirt and bacteria around your face. Remember to wash those hands!
5. Apply cleanser on wet skin
Just as you wouldn’t use soap on dry hands, you should wet your face first before using your cleanser. Applying cleanser to wet skin allows the product to lather up nicely and get deep into the pores to do its job effectively. You want your cleanser to feel light on the skin, not heavy or creating a film on the skin. Splashing your face first will help you to get the most of out of your cleanser.
6. If you like using soap bars, find something super gentle
It’s so important to use facial bars and not generic soap bars to clean your face. Any random bar of soap can be very harsh on the skin, stripping it of its natural oils and damaging your skin barrier. Instead, look for bars that are formulated for the delicate skin on your face. Facial bars are also generally not recommended for those with dry or sensitive skin, but rather for oily and acne-prone types. Below are some product recommendations:
7. Don’t overdo it
Only wash your face as often as you need to. Ideally, you should be washing your face once in the morning and once at night. Washing your face more than twice a day is not really a necessity for most people. However, if you’ve done a workout or any other excessive sweating, you should wash your face after that too. But that’s really the maximum. Unless you’ve used heavy creams, a lot of products, or an overnight mask the night before, it’s often not necessary for you to use a cleanser in the mornings either. Opt for a warm, wet face towel in the mornings to keep things fresh and work your routine from there.
8. Be Gentle
Avoid scrubbing or lathering too aggressively. Rather, wash until the product lathers up on your skin nicely (about 20-30 seconds) while gently massaging the skin. You probably won’t want to do much longer than that: washing too aggressively or too long can irritate the skin.
9. Remove all your makeup before cleansing
Your gentle cleanser might not be enough to remove all of your makeup, especially if your products contain certain SPF ingredients or oil. Smudge-proof and waterproof makeup products are especially difficult to remove with just a cleanser. On days like these, it’s essential to double cleanse. Find yourself a good oil-based makeup remover or a micellar water to remove your makeup before you cleanse.
10. Pat your face dry with a clean towel
Because the skin on your face is so delicate, take extra care when drying it after cleansing. Use a soft, clean towel to pat the skin dry. Using a towel that you’ve used to dry your hair and body could have residue from your shower products on them (as well as dead skin from your body) that could clog your pores. Rather, make it a habit to use a fresh towel – that’s not too rough – to avoid germs and bacteria.