How to Properly Wash Your Face

Could You Be Washing Your Face Wrong?

How hard can cleansing your face be? You lather up, rinse with water, rub with a towel, finished.

According to dermatologist Neal Schults, M.D., there's more to it than that - you can actually improve your skin while you're at it. Cleansing removes sweat, bacteria, dirt, and makeup from your skin, and to do that you need to factor in not only the products you use, but the water temperature and how often you're cleansing.


The more effective you are at removing all the residue on your skin, all the stuff you put on your skin afterward will work better.

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Ready for some face washing basic training? Here's what to do:

Remove makeup before cleansing

Did you know that most regular cleansers alone won't sufficiently dissolve makeup around the eyes, and sunblock. Do that first as gently as possible and make sure you're not tugging at your skin. For the eyes, use a cotton ball soaked in an oil-based remover such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, baby oil over lids, wait about 10 seconds and the liner and mascara will dissolve, then wipe away the residue. Now you're ready to wash.

The right way to cleanse, rinse, and dry.

With your skin damp and fingers covered with cleanser, start at the corners of your mouth and glide your fingertips over your nose, onto your forehead, around the eyes, and down your cheeks until you reach your chin.

Do this for one to two minutes to thoroughly remove oil and dirt. Rinse with lukewarm water (hot water dries your skin); don't rub, pat your skin with a dry towel.

Know if you're dealing with "hard water."

If your skin has a filmy feeling, hard water could be to blame. The magnesium and calcium in hard water can react with the ingredients in cleanser. The solution; get a filter for your shower and sink, or spritz with spring water, then blot with a towel to absorb excess minerals.

Boost your glow with an exfoliator.

Based on your type of skin, using an exfoliator with glycolic acid, or calendula twice a week will remove dead skin cells and reginerate dull skin. Resist using a grainy scrub as they tend to tear the skin.

Always, always, always your face before bed, but don't beat yourself up when you slip up.

Dr. Schultz says, "there's not a huge difference between wearing makeup during the day for eight hours as opposed to eight hours at night, especially if you sleep on your back." Just make sure not to overcompensate the vigorously scrubbing when you get up.

A better option is the cleanse thoroughly right when you wake up, then apply a detoxifying mask by mixing two tablespoons of tomato juice with one tablespoon of honey for five to ten minutes to help inclog pores.


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