how to wash your face

Are You Washing Your Face the Right Way?

Washing your face has likely been a part of your daily routine for as long as you can remember. It’s essential to your skincare regimen as the twice-daily ritual removes sebum, dead skin, and bacteria, which builds up after a day on the town and after a good (and especially bad) night’s sleep. While the approach you take towards washing your face has probably become an old habit, it’s possible that you could be going about it the wrong way. Learning how to wash your face properly will help you achieve healthy-looking and -feeling skin, as well as a natural glow.

So do yourself a favor and take note of a few key pieces to add to or subtract from your skincare routine below.

How to Wash Your Face

Watch Your Water Temperature

While washing your face with cool water is not always enticing (especially in the dead of winter), your habit of warming up with a splash of hot water is hurting your skin. When it comes to washing your face, it’s important to remember that extreme temperatures (either too hot or too cold) can lead to an imbalance of the delicate skin on your face. Hot water, especially, is known to only further dehydrate the skin, which deprives your outer layer of the natural oils that work to keep it soft and smooth. The solution? Lukewarm to cool water makes for the best cleansing temperature (morning and night) to keep your skin balanced and hydrated.

Suds Up In Circular Motions

When applying your cleanser or soap (ideally a toxin-free, gentle face wash), you can help plump your skin and boost circulation by massaging the cleanser onto your face in circular motions for at least 30 seconds total. If you have any known trouble spots or oily patches, spend a bit more time concentrating on those areas to be sure you’ve removed excess buildup. Another important tip to remember before you even begin your routine is to always wash your hands. By starting your cleansing routine with clean hands, you’ll avoid spreading germs and bacteria from your fingers to the delicate facial skin.

Be Extra Gentle

As we’ve reiterated above, the skin on your face is fragile and more sensitive than elsewhere. Always take extra caution to be gentle when washing (i.e. avoid scrubbing). Never apply too much pressure, choose gentle exfoliants (if any at all), and do your best to avoid picking blemishes, as this can further damage the skin and can even spread bacteria. Aside from washing, using care while drying your face is just as important. Use a soft towel to gently pat dry and avoid harsh materials that could the damage sensitive skin, especially around the eyes.

Which face-washing tip do you find to be most important? Share in the comments below.


About the Author

Meg is a NYC–based entrepreneur and editor, and she is co-founder and CEO of the healthy living and wellness app, Ellevate. She has a strong editorial background as a former editor for POPSUGAR and New York editor of DailyCandy. She’s always scouring the lifestyle marketplace to uncover the best new product, playlist, eatery, or wellness trend. Need to know what’s going on in the world of beauty, fitness, food, or fashion? Ask Meg.

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