To many of us washing our face is just another part of our morning and nightly routine. But the truth is, your skin won’t be radiant if you are just going through the motions. The purpose of face washing is to unclog pores, clean off dirt, and exfoliate to keep skin looking good. Done wrong, washing your face can dry your skin, irritate it and may even contribute to blackheads and acne.
Did your mom always tell you to wash twice a day? In most cases, this makes sense. What is most important is that you go to bed with a clean face. If you have extremely dry skin, you can skip the morning wash. If you have extra oily skin or work out during the day a third washing may be in order.
Here are a few subtle changes that will help your skin get the most out of your face washing routine:
GETTING STARTED – Pull your hair off our face. Then, wash your hands and take off any eye make up (gently without tugging on skin).
WET – Splash warm, not hot, water onto your face. Warm water dilates the pores without drying or damaging your skin the way hot water does.
CLEANSE – Treat your face to a mini massage with the cleanser of your choice (paraben, sulfate and fragrance free!) This helps stimulate your lymph system, creating blood circulation. Massage cleanser around your face with your finger tips for at least 30 seconds.
RINSE – To rinse cleanser off, splash face several times with cool, not cold water to refresh skin and close the pores. Leaving cleanser on can clog pores and make skin dirty and cause breakouts.
EXFOLIATE – Though our skin sheds the dead epidermis every 25 – 28 days, by exfoliating regularly, you can improve your skin’s texture and help stimulate the production of new cells and collagen. We recommend doing this gently once a week. Here are three options:
Wash Cloth – If using a wash cloth to do the deed, make sure it is clean (throw in wash after use) and rub gently around skin in a circular motion.
Exfoliator – We recommend using one without grit as those can irritate your skin. Exfoliators with fruit acids, that do the work for you are best.
Skin Device – The Clarisonic is a wonderful way to add the correct amount of pressure but may be pricey for some.
DRY- Using a clean towel, pat, don’t rub, your skin dry. Towels that have been hanging all week on the rack can contain, debris and bacteria that can foil your plans for beautiful skin.