Washing one’s face, like brushing one’s teeth, just kind of happens and while a quick splash of water and some soap might be all you need, there are some subtle things you may be doing that could be the cause of excessive drying, oily skin or even those dreaded acne breakouts. Here are some top tips on how to do it right and keep your skin healthy…
1. Keep It Simple
Because everyone’s skin is a little different, there’s no single miracle face wash. But, something we all can do is look for a cleanser that is simple. Cleansing should take away dirt, germs and excess oil, but not remove skin moisture and healthy cells.
2. Cool It
While it might feel good to warm up with a steamy splash of water, excessively hot water will strip the healthy natural oils from your skin and make it dry.
3. Exfoliate Sparingly
Exfoliating definitely has skin benefits: The scrub can increase circulation for a rosy glow, and it helps to remove dead skin cells. But excessive exfoliation could end up doing more harm than good. You could end up stripping away valuable layers of healthy cells and reducing the skin’s natural defenses. For those with acne-prone skin exfoliating is not recommended as it can cause irritation and thus: more breakouts.
4. Pat Yourself Dry
A lot of us rush our routines, and wipe our wet faces on whatever’s closest to the sink: a used towel, the shirt we’re wearing. But it’s important to use a gentle, clean cloth to dry up. Patting your skin, rather than rubbing, and letting a fine mist of water to remain so when you apply your moisturizer it will seal the moisture into the surface of the skin.
5. Watch Your Eyes
Fight the urge splash your eyes open to wake yourself up on groggy mornings. The skin around your eyes is delicate and thin, so it it needs to be treated even more gently than the rest of your face. Use a gentle eye makeup remover and don’t use harsh soaps or cleansers directly on delicate eyelids.
6. Good bedtime routine
It’s so important to wash your face before going to bed, to get all the grime and pollution of the day, as well as the makeup, off your skin, because left on the skin, they can clog the pores, and also they can become irritating to the skin. So it’s the most important time to wash.
TIP: If you were out a little too late and you are just really tired that night, what you can do is get a cleansing cloth. There are some really great pre-moistened cloths that you can leave at your bedside, that don’t need to be rinsed off, and for those special nights, you can use that to get as much makeup off as possible.
7. Twice a day
Most people agree that washing twice a day is all that’s necessary, anything more than that is excessive, and can lead to rebound overproduction of oil and acne breakouts. However, people with dry skin might only need to wash once a day, while those with oily skin require more maintenance. If you have oily skin, try using a toner after you wash, instead of washing more often. You might want to switch to a medicated cleanser as well. No matter what your skin type, be gentle when you wash your face — there’s no reason to attack it by scrubbing too hard.
After treating your skin to a lovely gentle wash remember to apply a good moisturizer, and after all that you’ll be in great shape.