Cleansing your face is the base of your entire skincare routine, make sure to nail this part before even thinking about serums or anti-aging creams.
If you don’t have a clean face, everything applied later won’t have a good effect, will be damaging, or won’t absorb. There are a couple of things to consider when cleansing your face. If you want to do it the right way, take a look at them.
- Wash your hands
This should always be the number one step before cleansing your face. Take your time washing your hands well enough before touching your skin.
Make sure you’re using a good quality soap that has real antibacterial properties. Avoid soaps with strong fragrances since they can irritate your skin.
Pores on your face are larger than in the rest of your body, and dirt particles can easily enter them, leading to blackheads, clogged pores, and acne. That’s why taking care of this step is really important.
- Use lukewarm water
Coldwater clogs skin pores and doesn’t let the cleansing product have a deep effect, only reaching the superficial part of your skin.
Hot water strips natural oils from your skin, which is not good for its health. These natural oils create a natural moisture barrier that helps other skincare products absorb better, such as serums or moisturizers.
Make sure your water is not too cold, nor too hot.
- Find the right cleanser for your skin type.
There are four basic types of skin a person could have; normal, oily, dry, and combination. Based on that, there are also different types of cleansing products for each of their needs.
If you have oily or combination skin, you should ideally use a gel or a foaming cleanser since their lightweight consistency is effective at decongesting clogged pores, removing excess oil, and killing acne-causing bacteria.
If you have dry skin, cream cleansers are the way to go. Their consistency is usually thick, creamy, and contains moisturizing ingredients that help cleanse your skin deeply without getting rid of all the natural moisture it already has.
If you have normal skin, you’re a lucky person because you can use any type of cleanser and find out which one best suits your needs and preferences.
- Don’t rush if you want to have a clean face
For the cleanser to actually enter the skin, it needs its time, don’t rush the process, and make sure you’re spreading the product all over your face, neck, hairline, and even ears.
Spending between 45 seconds to a minute gently washing your face is considered a reasonable amount of time.
- Don’t be aggressive
Some people may think, “the harder they rub their face, the cleaner it’ll be” as if the face were the same as the floor. Clearly, this belief is wrong.
If you rub your face way too hard, you can start feeling irritation over time, due to cracked skin.
Be gentle; use slow round motions making sure you’re not missing any spot with your hands.
- Use a soft and clean towel
Many people dry their faces with the same towel they use for drying their bodies. This is actually a terrible mistake.
The skin on the rest of your body produces entirely different types of oils and germs, which should not touch your face. Also, body towels don’t have gentle fibers and are too exposed for being in contact with such a delicate area.
Find a towel with soft fibers and use it only to clean your face, store it in a place where it won’t get too contaminated, and wash it every two days.
- Double cleanse if wearing makeup
You must only do this step to take off heavy makeup on your skin; if not, it’s counterproductive.
Start by melting down the makeup with a natural cleansing oil, which can be coconut or olive, and then take it off using your regular cleanser. This is mostly necessary to properly remove foundation or powder from the skin.
Doing a double cleanse when not wearing makeup is counterproductive since it could leave an oil layer that blocks absorption for the other products on your skincare routine.
- Take a look at the quality of your water
We already pointed out that the temperature of the water is important when cleansing your face, but there’s another, even more, important factor in place, and it’s the water quality.
Maybe you’ve heard about “hard water,” but if you haven’t, it’s a term used to describe water with a higher level of heavy minerals than necessary. It rips off the natural moisture from the skin and could produce some severe damage to it.
There are many ways you can make sure the quality of your home water is good. The first thing you should consider is getting a complete water quality analysis from your local specialists to determine which type of purification system is required.
At Continental Smart Solutions, we have all the necessary equipment and expertise to help you find the right fit for your household.
Contact us; we’re glad to help.