The cornerstone of beautiful skin is an effective skin washing regimen. Many people minimize the importance of proper face washing and suffer the consequences as a result. Acne, flaky skin, and clogged pores are just three problems that can be prevented by properly cleansing your face. Fortunately, you can avoid these pitfalls by adopting a regular face cleansing regimen. Below are 7 easy steps on how to wash your face correctly.
1) Establish a face washing regimen. This step begins with your recognition of the importance of washing your face and your commitment to washing your face every day. There are several components to this step, including the following:
- Frequency: Professionals recommend that you cleans your face once per day. Washing more frequently can result in dryness.
- Scheduling: Strive to wash your face every evening prior to going to bed. If you have oily skin, you can add a morning face wash to your routine.
- Time: Depending upon your skin type, you should plan to spend approximately 20-30 seconds washing your face.
2) Assess your skin type. Before you choose a skin cleanser, you need to determine your skin type. There are four general skin types, whichare outlined below:
- Oily skin: People with this skin type tend are prone to shiny skin and enlarged pores. You likely have oily skin if you run a tissue across your T-zone and it absorbs oil or grease from your skin.
- Dry skin: The hallmarks of dry skin are small pores and flakiness. Dry skin requires the use of a deeper moisturizer than oily skin.
- Normal skin: Normal skin typically looks and feels smooth and is free of oil or dry flakes. This is the type of skin that most people desire.
- Combination skin: Most people have combination skin, or skin that exhibits tendencies of both dry and oily skin. For instance, a person may have an oily nose and a dry forehead region.
3) Choose a cleanser designed for your skin type. A successful face washing regimen depends upon your choice of a cleanser that is compatible with your skin type. Most skin cleansers are clearly labeled to enable buyers to easily determine which cleanser is best for their skin type. In general, cleansers are categorized based upon the way that they are formulated. Most cleansers fall into one of the following categories:
- Cleansers for oily skin often contain a small amount of alcohol
- Cleansers for dry skin usually contain additional moisturizing agents
- Cleansers for sensitive skin are typically very gentle and low on chemicals and additives
- Cleansers for normal skin are readily available in a variety of gels, milks and foams
4) Carefully remove any eye makeup prior to cleansing. Daily removal of your eye makeup is essential to maintaining the health of your eyes and skin. This step should occur on a daily basis before you wash your face. You can remove your eye makeup with a variety of oils, including olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil. Apply a dime size drop of oil to a towel or cotton cloth and gently massage the oil into the screen of your eyelid and area under your eye. Be sure to use a gentle motion when massaging your eye area, as the skin around your eye is sensitive and prone to damage. Rinse your eye area thoroughly with lukewarm water until all residue is removed.
5) Use the appropriate water temperature for washing and rinsing. Many people underestimate the importance of water temperature when washing their faces. Failure to use the proper water temperature to cleanse your face can undermine your face cleansing routine. Ideally, you should use lukewarm water to cleanse your face. Using water that is too hot can dry out your skin while using water that is too cold will constrict your pores and make it difficult for you to thoroughly remove dirt and oil.
6) Enlist the help of a skin cleansing brush or other special tools if necessary. A skin cleansing brush is an excellent addition to a face washing routine – especially for people with oily skin. Skin cleansing brushes exfoliate your skin by removing dead skin cells and helping to unclog your pores. Most are battery operated and available at your local drug store. Below are three tips to consider when using a skin cleansing brush:
- Gradually introduce the use of a skin cleansing brush by using it once per week initially and then increasing the frequency of use.
- Consider your skin type when using a skin cleansing brush. People with oily skin can use a brush every day while those with dryer skin should only use a brush once or twice each week.
- Be sure to keep your skin cleansing brush clean and free of debris.
7) Apply a moisturizer and sunscreen designed for your skin type. Skin care products have evolved significantly over the past several decades. Most moisturizers now contain sunscreen and the majority of sunscreens include a moisturizing component. However, if you are not sure if your moisturizer contains a sunscreen, you should first apply your moisturizer and then a broad spectrum sunscreen. For ideal results, always reapply sunscreen after sweating or cleansing and be sure to choose a moisturizer and sunscreen that are formulatedspecifically for your skin type.
Washing your face correctly is the most important step in your beauty routine. We encourage you to contact us for additional skin cleansing tips. We look forward to hearing from you!