Women know that they need to wash their faces twice a day: before bedtime (and before applying night creams or lotions) and right after waking up. However, not many know that there are right and wrong ways to wash their faces. Washing the wrong way can exacerbate skin conditions, especially for people with oily, acne prone skin. Thankfully, washing your face the right way only requires a few steps and isn’t complicated at all.
Pull Your Hair Back and Out of Your Face
This gives you better access to all of the skin on your face, and prevents you from having to mess with your hair in mid-wash.
Remove Your Makeup
(This is only necessary if you have worn makeup that day, obviously, you can skip this step in the morning.)
Wet Your Face
A few splashes of warm water will do the trip, although you can also use a soft wash cloth to do this.
Use The Right Kind of Facial Cleanser
This is the tricky step. Make sure that your facial cleanser is formulated for your skin type. There are so many different types on the market that it may take the help of a professional to find one that is right for you.
Apply the Cleanser
Pour or squeeze a small amount of cleanser into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together to spread out the cleanser, and then gently rub it onto your face. If you have oily skin, scrubbing too hard can make it produce more oil, so make sure that you apply it very gently.
Wait Thirty Seconds
If you’re using a medicated acne cleanser, waiting will make it sink slightly into your skin, helping it to work better. The same is true for cleansers that are designed to help moisturize and remove any remaining traces of makeup.
Rinse The Cleanser Off
Gently splash your face with water or rinse with a soft wash cloth. Do not rub, as this can irritate your skin.
Pat Your Face Dry With a Soft Towel
Again, avoid rubbing your skin.