Skin Elite Group LLC Texas | Washing your face: The do's and don'ts of using a cleanser
Most people know face-washing basics: Wet your face, add soap, scrub, and rinse. But what about all the other details? How often should you wash your face? What kind of cleanser should you use? Should you use a scrubber? How do you avoid getting acne?
In this post, we'll answer all those questions and more. We'll start with the basics - how to wet your face correctly - and then move on to more specific tips. So whether you're a beginner or an experienced washing-face pro, read on for some helpful advice! Here are a few pieces of advice for washing your face:
Start with a clean face.
The first step to any good skincare routine is starting with a clean face. That means using a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, makeup, and other impurities from your skin. Wash your face twice a day - once in the morning and once at night - to give your skin a chance to breathe and regenerate overnight. Use a light moisturizer after cleansing to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Be sure to choose a product appropriate for your skin type (oily, dry, combination, etc.), as using the wrong product can worsen your skin problems. Apply sunscreen daily - even on cloudy days - to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter, more youthful skin. You can use a physical exfoliator (like a scrub) or a chemical exfoliator (like an AHA or BHA). Use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to protect your newly-exfoliated skin from sun damage.
Use lukewarm water
Hot water can strip away natural oils from your skin, leaving it feeling dry and irritated. Stick to lukewarm water instead. If your skin still feels dry after washing, try using a moisturizing facial wash or cream cleanser.
If you have sensitive skin, be sure to choose a facial wash or cleanser that is designed for sensitive skin. You may also consider using a moisturizer after washing your face to help lock in moisture and protect your skin from the elements.
Avoid scrubbing too hard.
Scrubbing your face too hard can do more harm than good. It can irritate your skin and cause redness, dryness, and flakiness. Use a gentle circular motion instead of scrubbing, and be sure to rinse all the cleanser off your face when you're done.
You might think scrubbing your face harder will eliminate all the dirt and oil, but it can do more harm than good. Scrubbing too hard can irritate your skin, causing redness, dryness, and flakiness. Use a gentle circular motion instead of scrubbing, and be sure to rinse all the cleanser off your face when you're done.
Don't forget about your neck.
Most people focus on washing their faces, but don't forget about your neck! Dirt and oil can build up there, too, so be sure to give it a good wash with your facial cleanser. Similarly to your face, you should use a moisturizer on your neck to keep it hydrated and looking its best. Don't forget the sunscreen!
When it comes to cleansing, remember that less is more. Overwashing can strip away natural oils and leave skin feeling dry, tight, and irritated. Instead, opt for a gentle cleanser that will cleanse without stripping away moisture. In terms of exfoliation, be sure to use a product specifically designed for your face or neck—never use an abrasive body scrub on your delicate facial skin!
Finally, don't forget about your skincare routine at night. Just as you apply a nighttime moisturizer to your face, be sure to do the same for your neck. This will help keep skin hydrated and looking its best.
Use a toner (optional)
A toner helps remove any lingering traces of dirt, oil, or makeup your cleanser may have missed. It also helps restore your skin's pH balance, which harsh cleaners can disrupt. If you have sensitive skin, choose an alcohol-free toner.
To use a toner:
- Apply it to a cotton ball or pad and swipe it over your face after cleansing.
- Avoid the area around your eyes. You can follow up with a moisturizer if your skin feels dry.
- Repeat this process once or twice a day or as needed.
After you wash your face:
- Apply a moisturizer to help hydrate and protect your skin.
- If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for a light, oil-free moisturizer.
- For dry or sensitive skin, choose a heavier cream or ointment. You can also use a moisturizer with SPF to help protect your skin from the sun.
Apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp from washing to help lock in moisture. Gently massage the moisturizer into your skin using circular motions upward. Avoid rubbing or pulling at your skin, which can irritate it. Let the moisturizer absorb your skin for a few minutes before applying makeup or sunscreen. Reapply your moisturizer throughout the day as needed, especially if you’re spending time outdoors or in dry conditions.
Don't forget the sunscreen.
Sunscreen is an essential step in any skincare routine, regardless of your skin type. Apply sunscreen daily - even on cloudy days - to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
When choosing a sunscreen, look for one with an SPF of 30 or higher and is labeled "broad-spectrum." Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck, arms, and legs. Be sure to use it generously - about 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) for an adult - and evenly.
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