If you’re wondering how to actually wash your face, you’re not alone. It may seem easy enough. Just splash some water, scrub with facial cleanser and rinse. But figuring out how to wash your face properly is a bit of a challenge. In fact, certain skin types definitely benefit from a face wash routine. But making it real can take effort.
It is valuable to properly cleanse the skin, washing away dirt, dead skin cells, makeup and anything else that can clog your pores or cause general dullness. It can also help treat certain skin issues, such as acne, depending on the type of cleanser you use.
The right facial cleanser can prevent acne breakouts, improve skin health, and even reduce skin inflammation. However, what makes the difference is not only how you wash your face, but also when, how often and what type of face wash you use. Here are some easy ways to make sure you wash your face properly and make your cleansing routine even more effective.
How should we clean our face?
Using your facial cleanser for a long time and hard may make you feel like you are going to wash your face more effectively. But in reality, the time it takes to lather up does not depend on how well you clean your face.
- To wash your face properly, wet your face with warm (not hot) water
- You should use your fingertips to apply the cleanser in circular motions.
- Make sure to wash the T-zone and U-zone (around the jawline) as these are areas people tend to ignore.
- After creating a nice lather, rinse and dry carefully with a soft, clean towel.
Beware of hot water
Using hot water in the shower or to wash your face may sound nice, but it can harm your sensitive skin. High temperatures, such as hot, steamy showers or hot water, can cause blood vessels to dilate and break sensitive tissues. In addition, hot water naturally peels off the oil barriers that help maintain the integrity of the skin. This means your skin will dry out faster and may become more itchy and flaky over time.
When should you wash your face?
For most of us, we should wash our skin twice a day, morning and evening. Wash your face at least every night. During the day, natural oils and sweat accumulate on the skin. We are exposed to the environment, which means dirt and grime accumulates in our outer skin layer. Not cleaning all that dirt and grime at the end of the day can lead to skin irritation, inflammation, and acne breakouts.
Turning around in your bed at night and coming out of your mouth, the bacteria in your saliva and the oils in your hair can easily get on your face and eyes. Therefore, even if you wash your face and pillowcases frequently at night, the most appropriate practice is morning cleansing. In addition, if you use products such as serums, moisturizers or night creams for care before going to bed, you should wash your face before doing daytime skin care.
Is it enough to wash the face with just water?
If your skin is really sensitive, you can do your morning cleanser with just water. However, do not forget that you need to clean your face deeply in the evenings. This is because people with very dry or sensitive skin may find that washing with a cleanser twice a day irritates their skin or dries it out too much. But if you only wash with water in the morning, dermatologists recommend using a gentle cleanser in the evening to wash away the oil, residue and everything else that builds up during the day.
Using soap when washing your face
If you don’t have sensitive skin, you can use a random bar of soap. But these harsh cleansers can strip the skin of its natural moisture, leaving your face vulnerable to inflammation and dry skin. Instead, you should use gentle cleansers that respect your skin’s delicate stability.
Wash your face as needed
Ideally, you should wash your face twice a day (once in the morning and once at night) and also after workouts or other heavy sweats. Washing your face more than twice a day to remove germs is not necessary unless you are prone to skin infections.
Washing too much not only leads to dry, irritated skin, it can also cause the skin to somehow produce too much oil. Therefore, most of us should stick to a twice-daily routine. If your skin is sensitive, you should only wash it once.
Cleaning your face after training is very valuable. When you train, sweat and dirt accumulate on your skin. If you forget to clean your face afterwards, it can increase your risk of acne breakouts.
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