Have you ever realized that you can have a great deal of control over your facial skin health? Whether you are young or old, belonging to any gender, you can do a big favor to your skin by cleansing your skin properly. Cleansing is the most important part of your basic skincare routine. Proper cleansing gets rid of dead skin cells, dirt and dust, grime, make-up and bacteria, and keeps skin pores free of clogs enabling the skin to breathe freely.
- Washing your face twice a day is more than enough for any skin type, unless you have exposed your skin to excessive dust, grime or pollution. Cleansing too often a day leads to loss of precious natural oils that exist on your skin for protection. In contrast, not cleansing regularly may lead to build-up of bacteria and leads to skin eruptions. So strike a balance when it comes to your daily cleansing routine.
- Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Do not use soap on facial skin as it can be too harsh and damages the skin in a long run. A too-rich cleanser can clog pores, while a too-dry cleanser can irritate the skin. A cleanser for dry skin should contain nourishing herbs and oils. And for those with oily skin should look out for a cleanser that includes herbs that balance oil production and support clarity. Sensitive skin benefits from an ultra-gentle, fragrance-free, non-irritating cleanser.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before you cleanse your face, or you will be working dirt into facial skin. If you’re washing your face at the sink, hold your hair back with elastic or a headband. If you’re in the tub or shower, either rinse your hair back or put it in a cap. Remember to get bangs/fringes out of the way if you have any.
- Always cleanse with lukewarm water. Hot water dries and damages skin over time, and cold water won’t remove the dirt and grime. Start by splashing water on your face and neck.
- Now apply the cleanser with your fingertips and spread all over the face gently, especially if you have acne; scrubbing hard will make it worse or even leave scars. Remember that you don’t need a lot of product for a thorough clean.
- Gentle massage circular strokes and moving upward on the face and neck. Do not scrub too much. Gentle massaging strokes are enough to help improve circulation as well as loosen grime and old surface skin cells. Too much scrubbing will stretch skin and irritate it, especially the delicate skin around the eyes.
- Splash your face repeatedly with water and rubbing gently with your hands after each splash. It all does not come off and wet a cloth. Rub your face gently to get the more obvious stuff off, then rinse again.
- You need to rinse more than you think so that you need to as soap residue that will clog your pores. Dry out your skin and possibly even affect your skin’s natural pH. Leave the soap film on your face that will make it dirtier than when you started.
- Don’t forget to rinse off cleanser from the neck and hairline. Cleanser residue can clog pores and attract dirt.
- Try not to rub or pull at your skin, as this encourages wrinkles. Gently blot off excess water with a soft towel. Do not scrub dry or drag towel along skin. Simply dab.
- Follow immediately with a alcohol free toner using a cotton ball.
- Finally apply a moisturizer appropriate for your skin. This won’t make your face any cleaner, but it can enhance the wash by giving your face a healthy, glowing look, seals in surface moisture and offers nourishment.
- If you have acne, choose a non-oily moisturizer. If necessary, make sure it won’t conflict with any anti-acne products you’re already using.
- If you’ll be going outside use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen, preferably with SPF 15 or 30.
That’s it; you are done with your face wash. Let it be a busy, lazy, hectic or a gloomy day, you cannot afford to miss on your daily face wash in order to get an everlasting beautiful skin.