Although it may appear simple, washing your face requires time and attention. Doing it correctly can mean the difference between glowing skin and an acne breakout.
Many people believe that you should only wash your face to remove makeup or when it appears dirty. In reality, it is recommended that you wash your face twice a day.
However, the number of times you wash your face may be less important than the manner in which the job is completed. A face cleansing routine is essential regardless of your skin type, texture, or current condition.
Are you ready for a fresh start? Dermatologists recommend the following 10 face washing steps.
1. Wash your hands clean first
Washing your face with dirty hands can make matters worse by pushing dirt deeper into your skin pores. So wash your hands thoroughly with soap or handwash.
2. Get the make-up off before cleansing
A gentle cleanser may not be able to remove the makeup you applied earlier. So, before you begin cleansing, remove your makeup (using a makeup remover).
3. Wash Your Face Now
Your face is exposed to a lot throughout the day, from pollution to dirty hands. Making time to cleanse your face at least twice a day is therefore essential, once in the morning and once before bed. A salicylic acid face wash, which has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe inflammation and pimples on the face, is one of the most effective cleansers you can use. It will also help to reduce fine lines effectively.
4. Ensure The Right Water Temperature
Using warm water could cause skin tightening, which would be counterproductive. Make sure the water you’re using is lukewarm. Lukewarm water is warm enough to loosen dirt and sebum without drying out your skin.
5. Apply Moisturiser Soon
The longer you wait to apply moisturiser, the drier the skin becomes. To avoid unnecessary dehydration, apply moisturiser immediately after drying your skin.
6. Massaging The Skin
Allow enough time for the skin to expel impurities. A minute of massaging your face can also stimulate your lymphatic system, increasing oxygen and blood circulation.
7. If Used A Face Mask
Most face masks recommend applying them to a cleansed face so that the ingredients can fully penetrate your skin. So, once you’ve finished with the face mask, you can move on to the cleansing part.
8. Do Not Neglect Your Neck
Make sure you include your neck in your daily skincare regimen as it is often where signs of ageing appear first.
9. Clean Face Towels
Reusing the same towel without washing it can spread bacteria from your body to your face, which can contribute to acne. So get some fresh towels to pat dry your face.
10. Be Gentle
Washing and drying your face gently will make your skin feel better and more refreshed. Avoid excessive lathering and scrubbing.
Over to You
All of this is to say that washing is only the first step in maintaining the natural state of your skin.
The rest is dependent on all of the other serums, moisturisers, mists, and face masks — the list is endless. Furthermore, the food you eat, how you exercise, and your stress levels all have an impact.
Identifying your cleansing objectives is the best way to determine how you should wash your face. Do you want it to be simple, one step per day? Determine your limitations, such as skin type, water cleanliness, and price range, and proceed from there.