As basic as it may seem, there’s a lot more to washing your face than meets the eye. Using the right technique to cleanse your face can actually help you get brighter and more radiant skin in the long run. Follow along as we show you how to wash your face the right way. Yes, from what product to use for your skin type to the best way to maintain your skin after it’s clean, here’s everything you need to know.
- Choose the right cleanser
Choosing the right cleanser can be a little confusing considering all the options available out there. So, let’s simplify it.
For people with oily skin, look for a cleanser specially formulated for oily skin. A foaming or gel-based cleanser works better for this skin type to deep cleanse without stripping the natural oils from the face.
People with dry or sensitive skin can opt for an alcohol-free hydrating cleanser that will restore the skin's natural moisture factor and maintain the pH balance.
And if you have normal skin, use a face wash that keeps the skin trouble-free and balanced. The Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is a great option here. It is a soap-free, foaming gel cleanser which helps remove impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance.
- Ensure your hands are clean
Now even though your hands may not be visibly dirty, bacteria and germs are almost always silently lingering on your hands and you obviously don’t want them on your face. So give them a good wash before you start washing your face.
- Use the right amount of product
Using less cleanser won’t get the face clean, while using more will end up being a waste of product. So just take a coin-size amount of face wash on your palm and rub your hands together to create some foam before applying it to your face.
- Massage your face gently
Now when it comes to application, it is just as important as the product you use. Focus the product on your cheeks, forehead, chin, jawline and neck. Yes, don’t just stop at your chin, your jawline and neck are prone to dirt and buildup and they need some love too. Use circular motions to massage the cleanser into your skin with light pressure. Do this for about 30 seconds to a minute.
- Rinse with lukewarm water
After you are done with the massaging process, rinse your face thoroughly with warm water. You may have heard that rinsing the face cold water helps to close the pores, but that’s a myth. Pores do not open and close like a door, so always use lukewarm water on your skin.
- Pat dry with a clean towel
Rubbing your skin with a towel can irritate, stretch and potentially cause wrinkles on the skin over time. This is a common mistake we tend to make. Our skin is very delicate. So always pat, pat, pat and use a clean towel to avoid pressing bacteria into your skin.
- Seal it in with moisturiser
Once you are done washing and drying the face, it’s always a good idea to apply moisturiser immediately after. Seriously, do not miss this step. Applying moisturiser while the skin is still damp allows for extra absorption, maximising the effects of the active ingredients. So that’s how you wash your face the right way! Incorporate this in your skincare routine and you’ll feel all the difference.