Ever since you were a small child, you've been told that washing your face every day is important, just as washing the rest of your body is. Despite how annoying the process may be to some, washing your face every day is an essential step in anyone's skin care routine, no matter what type of skin you have. With regular cleansing, your skin will look, feel, and stay healthy. If you wash your face every day (or even twice a day), you're on the right track, but are you cleansing properly? It turns out, washing your face incorrectly can damage your skin and cause more problems than you started with. To dispel any incorrect information and to help you get the best skin possible, we'll guide you on the basics of cleansing, both what to do and what not to do.
Why It's Important
Aside from removing dirt, makeup, and excess oil that builds up on your face throughout the day or night, daily cleansing has quite a few benefits. Some other unpleasant and unwanted things that accumulate on the face could be dead skin cells and bacteria, which can be washed away during a facial cleansing to keep your skin clear and healthy. Speaking of clear skin, keeping up with washing your face can prevent and reduce acne.
Properly cleansing your pores reduces bacteria and sebum buildup, and ultimately, reduces your chances of a breakout. While you don't want to cleanse more than twice a day, consistent washing will help keep your skin clear of unwanted blemishes. Your apparent pore size can also be managed with a regular washing routine, because it reduces congestion of the associated follicles. With well formulated products, cleansing provides extra hydration to the skin. Regular cleansing helps manage pH levels, which aids in keeping the skin moisturized. Cleansing your skin has many benefits, so it isn't a step you should skip in your skin care routine.
What to Do
Now that you understand why regular cleansing is important, let's get down to how to properly wash your face. Ideally, you should wash your face at least twice a day: once after you wake up in the morning, and before hitting the pillow at bed time. First, wash your hands to prevent any bacteria from mixing in with your cleanser. Also, make sure you are using a cleanser that is gentle to the skin, as abrasive cleansers can cause redness and irritation. Use lukewarm water to wet your face and use your fingers to rub the cleanser all over your face for 20 to 30 seconds. Once you are finished, rinse off the cleanser with lukewarm water and pat your face dry with a towel. Finally, apply moisturizer to support the skin's barrier function. Because cleansing can remove some of the oil from your face, using moisturizer immediately after cleansing will keep your skin hydrated and looking healthy. Sounds easy enough, right? You may have heard these instructions time and time again, but even slight mistakes can mean bad news for your skin.