Do You Really Know How to Wash Your Face Properly?
You're probably looking at this blog post thinking - what the hell? Who is this girl? She thinks I don't know how to wash my face - who doesn't know how to wash their face?
Well, bear with me, please.
Sometimes it’s important to review daily skincare actions that we perform every day. Sometimes we've been doing something for so long that we don't realize we maybe aren't doing it properly anymore, or we never really knew how to do it properly in the first place. Maybe we've just gotten lazy over time, doing the same old thing day in and day out for however many years, that we need a little refresher. Washing your face is a lot like brushing your teeth; most people think they're doing it properly, but most people aren't. If this is the case, we might be doing some unnecessary damage to our skin in the process. Damage that can exacerbate skin conditions, or cause skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, etc. So maybe a refresher is in order, after all. Now you're probably thinking - hmm, maybe I do need a little reminder.
If you're still with me, good for you - it means you want to do all the right things to your skin, and that's the first step in healing your skin.
Properly cleansing your face is an important part of healthy skin, and clean and healthy skin is an asset to everyone. Knowing how to properly wash your face is something we should all know how to do.
How to Wash Your Face
1. Remove makeup first and foremost. Some people may opt to use a cleanser to do this, but I find that cleansing doesn't work as well with a face full of makeup. For this, I highly suggest using a Makeup Eraser which you can get here. Makeup Erasers are reusable, washable, extremely gentle, and require nothing but warm water to remove face and eye makeup. It will perfectly wipe away any makeup residue - even waterproof kinds - to prepare your skin for cleansing. This thing is seriously the bomb dot com - I've had mine well over a year and it's still going strong. Think of all the waste you'll save!
It's important that you remove your makeup before cleansing because we use heavy, oil-based and water-resistant skin care products that can't easily be removed with just cleansing; this superficial first cleansisng of the skin with the Makeup Eraser will remove debris and anything that may be difficult to cleanse through. This will ensure your skin is squeaky-clean and makeup-free every night.
2. Start with any hair pulled away from the face. This can be done with a hair elastic, and a headband. This way, you can cleanse your skin without your hair getting in the way.
3. Run some tepid (room temperature water - not too hot, not too cold), and splash your face with it. This helps the cleansing product move freely around the face to ensure it gets into all the nooks and crannies!
4. Take a small dollop of cleanser (I recommend Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel or Sensitive Facial Cleanser) and put it either in the (1) palm of your hand (2) on a konjac sponge (3) on a cleansing brush like this amazing Soniclear Petite (get 20% off with my discount link!), (4) a silicon massager, etc - or whatever your cleansing tool of choice is. Personally, I like the cleansing brush as it gently sloughs away dead skin, and ensures the cleanser penetrates and spreads efficiently.
5. Using either your hand or a tool, gently work the cleanser all over your face, avoiding the eyes and lips. Spend about 20 seconds on each portion of your face (20 seconds each for each cheek, chin, forehead, and nose). Massage the cleanser a little way into your hairline also, to remove any hair products that may build up to cause hairline acne. It's also important to cleanse under your chin and jaw, and even a little onto your neck. Do this for about 60-90 seconds total, enough time to adequately cleanse every part of the face without overdoing it.
6. When you're done, run a little more tepid water and rinse the cleanser off with your hands.
7. Take a clean and soft face towel to pat not rub your skin dry. Try to not use a face towel more than once or twice, as bacteria can easily build up on these soft, damp surfaces. Leave your skin just slightly damp, as applying a moisturizer to damp skin can help to improve absorption of active ingredients and seal in moisture.
TIPS: If you wash your face in the shower, be sure to do this part last, as shampoo and conditioner can sometimes run onto the face and stay there to clog pores or irritate the skin.
Bottom Line: Proper cleansing is the backbone of any good hygiene and skincare routine and doesn’t take a long time to execute. Make proper facial cleansing a priority and your skin will thank you for it! If you want to see some cleansers that I recommend for acne-prone skin, be sure to check out my favourites here.