We learn something new every day, in my case, it was that I had been improperly cleansing my face. Every day. For years. My mind was blown. I went back to cleansing school and sat down.
Cleansing is a crucial step in any skin care routine. It gets rid of grime and makeup and leaves skin hydrated and ready for the next step in your routine. If your skin feels squeaky clean or tight after cleansing, the cleanser was harsh and stripped your skin of its natural oils. Not good, that will irritate your skin in the long run. It’s basically not suitable for human skin, trash it and get another.
Also make sure to use lukewarm or cool water with a gentle cleanser that is free of harsh cleansing agents like sodium lauryl sulfate.
Cleansing needs to be done once or twice a day depending on your skin type. I have dry skin and find that cleansing my skin at night and splashing some water on it in the morning works best. If you have oily or combination skin, you might prefer to cleanse twice a day. So, following the steps below, just do whatever works for your skin type.
Steps to Properly Cleansing your Face
- Wash your hands clean.
- Using your finger pads, distribute and gently massage the cleanser on your face for about 1 minute. Avoid the delicate skin around your eyes. (I honestly didn’t realize how long 60 seconds were before this).
- Splash as much warm water as you need to rinse away all the cleanser. If you’re guilty of letting the shower stream directly hit you in the face, you weren’t alone, I did it too. Now, we know better, stop.
- Gently pat dry your face with a clean cloth or paper towel. Some people prefer to air dry, whatever works for you!
- Apply your next treatment (serums, moisturizers etc) on the clean moist skin. Gently massage it into the skin with your (clean!) finger pads or cotton balls until it’s absorbed.