Washing your face seems like a simple enough task, but are you doing it correctly? Are you doing it at all? Some of you might even sleep in make up and not realize how extremely bad it is for your skin. There are a few steps to follow when you wash your face that can make all the difference.1. Washing your hands before cleansing is a step we might all overlook, but it’s extremely important. Doing this simple step will ensure that you won’t spread germs on your face.
2. Using a facial cleanser that is meant for your skin type will help control any skin issues you may have. If you tend to have dry skin and use an oil control cleanser, most likely you are harming your skin and causing it to further dry out. Paying attention to these little things can make a BIG difference. (Cleansers in top right photo: Fresh soy face cleanser, Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser, and Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser)
3. Using a facial brush has many benefits — such as better circulation, which leads to firmer skin and reduces fine lines. This tool will also gently exfoliate your skin. It’s not necessary to use your facial brush everyday (clean hands can help remove impurities, as well), but by adding a brush to your regime 2 to 3 times a week, it will benefit your skin in the long run.
4. Rinse your face with lukewarm water. The warmth will feel nice on your skin, and not shock your face like cold water or dry your skin out like hot water.
5. Toners are sometimes viewed as an unnecessary step in face washing, but trust me, they’re not. Toning will help your skin maintain its optimal pH level of 5.5. The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline it is. During the cleansing stage, the pH level is higher due to the cleanser, and if our skin stays at a high pH level it will begin to cause breakouts and irritations (yikes!). Other benefits of using a toner is it removes anything the cleanser may have left behind.
6. Moisturizing the skin is extremely important, even if you have oily skin. Skipping out on moisturizing will only cause your skin to create more oil, due to your skin reacting as if its dry. The solution is to simply pick out an oil-free moisturizer like Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer.