Remember when you were young and the dentist told you to hum “Happy Birthday to You” twice or use a timer set for 2 minutes when brushing your teeth? It may have seemed silly at the time, but there’s brushing your teeth and then there’s PROPERLY brushing your teeth.
So too with washing your face. Don’t fool yourself into thinking the ‘throw some soap or cleanser on your cheeks and splash on some water to get it off’ approach is really enough. In order to properly cleanse and care for your complexion, it means taking face washing seriously.
Make-up artists and dermatologists all seem to agree that consistently following a few simple steps when washing your face will deliver healthy, glowing results. And let’s be honest—isn’t that what we all want?
How To Wash Your Face
- Remove any makeup or sunscreen before you actually wash up
- Start by wetting your entire face with tepid water
- Use a gentle cleanser, and choose one that is appropriate to your skin type (whether it’s sensitive, oily, dry or combination)
- Rinse your entire face with tepid water and insure all the cleanser is removed
- Pat dry your face when you are finished washing, before applying any moisturizers or serums
- Use a brush, washcloth or sponge - they all have the potential to irritate your face and can carry harmful bacteria
- Use very hot or very cold water when washing
- Scrub too vigorously so that you harm the sensitive areas
- Rush through the washing time, be sure to let your cleanser do its job
How Often Should You Wash Your Face
For optimal results, you want to make time to wash your face twice a day, ideally in the morning when you wake up, and in the evening before bedtime. People often think they can skip the morning face washing since their skin was clean before going to sleep the night before. However, since you probably apply some type of serum and/or nighttime moisturizer, it’s just as important to start the day with a clean ‘palette’ on your face before applying moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup.
So, the minimum recommendation is twice a day, but if you had a heavy workout at some point during the day, then an extra wash after perspiring is highly encouraged.
Avoid the temptation to wash too often. Your facial skin is much more sensitive than the skin on your hands and should be treated with the care it needs to keep it looking fresh and healthy.