Welcome back! Today we’re discussing how to correctly to wash your face as the second blog in Skin Care 101; a blogpost series where we go over the most basic steps of skin care so that you can perfect your skin care routine.
Now onto facial cleansing. It’s the first, and arguably the most important, step in any skin care routine.
Our skin goes through a lot. Every. Single. Day! it faces a ton of sun damage, pollution exposure… Therefore it is essential to get rid of all that dirt so we can hydrate it.
We’ll now be learning how to correctly cleanse the face, step-by-step.
And for those of you thinking “this seems really simple” I’m sure there’s a lot of people who don’t know how to do it the right way.
Figure out your skin type
Knowing your skin type is important to determine what type of cleanser to use. If you don’t know your skin type, you can check this post.
Find a good cleanser.
Now, I know that if you go to the drugstore there are hundreds of different cleansers to choose from. So, I’m going to recommend my personal favorites.
If you have combination to oily skin, it’s no secret that the youth to the People – kale and green tea spinach cleanser is a banger. It does a good job of getting all the dirt and grime out of your skin without leaving a dry and tight feeling afterwards.
If you have more dry skin, then I recommend the Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser from Krave beauty. It’s so good! It’s very similar to the previous cleanser, but delivers more hydration and is more gentle on the skin which makes ideal for people with dry skin.
And if you don’t like online shopping and you want one that you can find at the drugstore, I recommend the simple micelle a gel wash. It’s affordable, doesn’t overly strip your skin and is just a great cleanser for all skin types, especially normal skin.
If you want to find your own cleansers I have two recommendations:
- Look at the ingredient list. if the second third or fourth ingredient is sodium lauryl sulfate then I recommend do not use that cleanser because that is an ingredient that can overly strip or damage your skin and we do not want that as part of our skin care.
- If you find a cleanser that has a scrub in it or is any type of polish (or is a three-in-one facial wash) avoid it at all cost.
If you want an effective and safe way to attain smooth skin and get rid of all those dead, flakey skin cells then please do not use the scrub and wait for our next post about exfoliation.
How to correctly wash your face?
First, wet your face. Then take a dime-sized amount of cleanser and lather it between your palms to foam it up. Gently apply it to your skin.
Now comes the good stuff.
I personally recommend cleansing for about 45 seconds to one full minute. If you do any less then it may not clean your skin deeply enough, if you do longer then you risk overly stripping your skin moisture and hydration.
Make sure not to press too hard into your skin. Rubbing your face violently and causing any type of discomfort or pain are big no-nos. It should be a very gentle process.
After you’re done, rinse off completely and dry your face with a clean towel. If you have acne prone skin I highly recommend always using clean towels and clean pillowcases in order to prevent bacteria buildup. And if you wanna give some extra love to your skin you can use a silk pillowcase. you want to know why, you can check our last post on the benefits of silk pillowcases.
Make sure you don’t wait too long before applying the rest of your skin care.
It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to put on your skin care for a good 30 minutes.
By that point your skin is already overly stripped and dry (or is already producing oil) because it doesn’t sense any type of hydration on the face.
I personally don’t wait more than 10 minutes before applying my skin care.
Skin care products
Now that you learned how to correctly wash your face, we can dive into to the next step of skin care! See you on our next post about exfoliation!
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