Washing your face is one of those important things that you need to do to keep your skin happy and healthy. But it doesn’t have to be difficult, and you would be surprised at some of the small mistakes you might be making. Here are some helpful tips, to get your skin on track.
1. Using the wrong cleanser.
A good quality cleanser, will be Ph neutral, which helps to preserve the acid mantle of your skin. When looking at cleansers you have two options, first comes the creamy cleanser, which work well with dry or maturing skin types, and are also usually great for removing makeup. Next in line is your foaming cleanser, containing surfactants that will help to break down excess dirt and oil in the skin, making this better suited towards oily or combination skin. Keep in mind when looking at cleansers you remember that it is important to use a cleanser with out a lot of filler ingredients, and a high amount of active ingredients. Having a cleanser with a good ingredient deck will not only keep your skin clean, it will also help target the areas you are wanting to focus on. If you are unsure of what products to use, consult your esthetician.
2. Keep the body soap away from your face
Body soap is very alkaline which can strip the skin of its natural barrier, leaving the skin dry and sensitive. Any type of body soap is not formulated for the face, which can easily cause irritation and can lead to breakouts.
3. Make sure you are cleansing the appropriate amount of time.
When washing your face, you need to make sure your skin is actually getting clean. Massaging your cleanser in for two minutes will ensure that you are getting a thorough clean and remove all your makeup.
4. Cleansing with Makeup Wipes
I get this from a lot of clients, using only makeup wipes to cleanse with. I can understand the appeal, they are quick and easy. Makeup wipes are full of drying alcohols, fragrances and preservatives, that will only dry out the skin and cause irritation. They also don’t do anything to help break up the dirt and oils inside the pores. At the end of the day there is really nothing that can replace good old fashioned cleanser and water, in your skincare routine.
5. Wash your Neck and ears. (Just like your mom used to tell you)
When cleansing our face, we tend to forget to cleanse our neck and ears, which still need some good old fashioned loving. These areas tend to be prone to blackheads or breakouts.
6. Don’t Over Exfoliate
We all know that exfoliating is a good thing, it helps to keep our skin feeling soft, smooth, and helps keep congestion down in the skin. But we can easily over exfoliate, leaving your skin feeling dry and sensitive. So all good things in moderation right? I recommend using a good exfoliating scrub (None of that apricot scrub garbage.) 2 maybe 3 times a week. Or a nightly AHA exfoliating serum.
7. Use Lukewarm Water
I am a huge fan of hot water, but using super hot water to cleanse with can be very drying. It can also strip away your skin’s natural lipid barrier. Try using lukewarm water instead.
8. Keep your cleansing tools clean
Make sure that you are using clean tools with every wash. Whether it be a Clarisonc or my personal tool of choice, the Tamba, or a simple wash clothe. Make sure you are always using a clean tool on your face. If you aren’t cleaning your face brush or wash cloth after each use, you’re only spreading dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria around which can lead to irritation and breakouts.
9. Don’t over cleanse
You should be cleansing twice a day at most. The best times are in the morning when you wake up, and at night before you go to bed. If you are very active, make sure that you are cleansing quickly. Every time we cleanse we expose our skin to water and cleansers, our natural lipid barrier is stripped. Dehydrated skin looks, duller and shows more fine lines.
10. Don’t forget to hydrate
Water and cleansing can dry out the face. Apply a balanced moisturizer after cleansing to skin feeling happy and hydrated.
The best way to reach skin bliss is to be sure you have a great and easy skin care regimen, to help you reach your skincare goals. Remember healthy skin is happy skin!