Washing hands is top of mind right now. And for good reason - we need to be thorough about stopping the spread of germs. But while we’re on the topic of proper cleansing… let’s take a minute to talk about how to properly wash your face.
Cleansing is crucial. The rest of your skincare products will only be effective if they are applied on a clean canvas.
It seems simple, right? Use a cleanser, wash off and be done. But there are some BIG mistakes people make when washing their face that can be really harmful to your skin.
So let’s take some time to go through the basics. To properly wash your face, follow these steps:
Wash Your Hands:
Start with clean hands! This may be a no brainer at this point, but it’s worth reiterating. Not washing your hands can spread germs to your face and cause irritation.
Start your routine by thoroughly washing your hands. There are so many great memes right now for hand washing (see below), but bottom line- scrub thoroughly for at least 30 seconds.
Makeup & SPF are NOT going to come off with a cleanser alone. Before applying your cleanser, make sure to remove all traces of makeup.
Sometimes referred to as a “double cleanse”, start by using a makeup wipe, oil cleanser or balm. If you don’t wear any makeup, skip to the next step.
Apply Cleanser & Massage into Skin for 1 Minute:
Oftentimes people rush through cleansing. If you are washing it off too fast, your skin might not actually be getting clean.
Aim to massage your face with a cleanser for 60 seconds. This will allow the cleanser ingredients to have time to work their magic on your skin.
Plus, facial massage not only improves product absorption, but it can help relieve tension, boost circulation and helps you relax- so take your time!
Check Your Water Temperature:
Use cold or lukewarm water to wash off your cleanser. If your water is too hot, it can damage your skin, causing redness and irritation.
Use a Clean Face Cloth:
Lastly, gently pat (do not rub) your skin dry with a clean washcloth or towel. Try to swap out this washcloth after every or every other use if possible.
Continue on with the rest of your skincare routine and enjoy your clean, glowing complexion!
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