We all know that routinely cleansing the face plays a vital part in maintaining a clear complexion, but what’s not as commonly understood is that there are do’s and don’ts when it comes to face cleansing. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as simple as lathering some soap on your face and rinsing it off, but it’s also not rocket science; we’re here to help stress the important parts to help keep your skin healthy, clear, and radiant.
Keep It Cool
It’s a frequent misconception that cleansing your face with hot water helps open up your pores, but we recommend otherwise. Too hot of water can deplete the healthy oils on your skin making your complexion more prone to redness and irritation. Instead of turning your faucet to piping hot, play it safe and keep it somewhere in the middle; slightly cool to lukewarm water will rinse off any dirt and bacteria without harming your skin.
Pick Your Facial Cleanser Wisely
Many facial cleansers are marketed broadly and generically, but that doesn’t mean they are safe or beneficial for all skin types. Before you start shopping for the right cleanser, make sure you have an accurate idea of what your unique skin type is, and if you’re not certain how to find out for yourself, reach out and ask for a professional’s opinion. Picking out a face cleanser that contains proven ingredients designed for your tone and texture will help you minimize breakouts and avoid adverse reactions.
Don’t Forget About Your Makeup
Most facial cleansers don’t play double duty as makeup removers, so make sure you’re thoroughly taking off your cosmetics before you cleanse your face (wipes tend to work the best when it comes to removing waterproof eye makeup). Foundation, concealer, and powder residue can lead to clogged pores and blemishes, and it’s healthy for your skin to have some time to breathe after a long day of being covered up.
More Isn’t Always Better
Most professionals recommend cleansing your face in the morning and before you go to bed at night; any more than that can leave your face looking dull, dry, and inflamed, so it’s important to find the right products and stick to a consistent routine twice a day. If you’re suffering from overly oily skin or severe breakouts, it can be tempting to try and “wash” away the problem, but cleansing your face too much can make matters worse. It might be time to seek out an acne specialist if you’re experiencing regular issues with your complexion.
Scrub Gently and Sparingly
While there are tremendous benefits to exfoliating the skin, avoid making it a daily habit as excessive scrubbing can strip away natural oils, and if you scrub rigorously enough, even rub your skin raw resulting in long-lasting irritation. Once to twice a week seems to be a safe bet, and just as with all facial products, it’s critical to match your exfoliating regimen with your skin type; typically, those with oily skin can benefit from stronger and more frequent exfoliations than those with sensitive skin, but always speak with your esthetician for professional advice.
On a similar note, avoid abrasively rubbing a towel over your face after you cleanse it, and instead, try gently patting it dry with a clean towel in order to keep your skin smooth and undisturbed.
When it comes to avoiding breakouts and keeping your skin fresh and blemish-free, make sure your cleansing regimen is more beneficial than it is destructive. As long as you keep these key points in mind, you’ll be on the right track to your ideal complexion.