There are typically two types of face washers. There are the old fashioned soap and water people then there are the every ingredient under the sun people. Somewhere in the middle is an ideal place to be. Washing your face is a very simple thing to do and should be done at least once per day to remove makeup, dirt, and any impurities that have accumulated over the course of the day. Today's cleansers are gentle and won't strip your skin like many back in the day. They allow moisturizers and anti-aging products to work more effectively too. Follow these rules for a great start to your skin care routine.
How to Wash Your Face – The First Step in Your Skin Care Routine
Washing your face is really a simple step in your skin care regimen that you must do at least once a day to maintain beautiful blemish free skin.
What Types of Cleansers Should You Use?
There are so many different types of cleansers available today. It really does not matter which type you use. One is not necessarily better than the other. It is a matter of preference. What type do you like the best? Skin care is so much easier today than it used to be. Pick a type and try it. If you don't like it then try another. This is what I have done to determine that my preference is a creamy cleanser. I will use a cleansing wipe if I am really tired at night but always follow up the next morning with the real deal.
Some Rules of Thumb -
- Dry skin – use a cleanser with added moisturizers like glycerin or shea butter.
- Oily skin – a foaming wash that leaves your skin with a fresh clean feeling may be best.
- Avoid using cleansers with fragrance in them. They can irritate your skin.
- Avoid using harsh soap – it really dries out your skin.
Types of Cleansers Include -
- Foaming Mouses
- Motorized Brushes
Washing Your Face 101
Washing your face should be a two step process if you wear makeup. If you don't wear makeup then you are down to just one step.
Remove all your makeup before cleansing your face. It is better to use an oil or cream to remove your makeup. It comes off so much easier this way. I would also suggest using an eye makeup remover to take off your mascara. This can be difficult to remove with anything else. Especially if you wear waterproof mascara. This can be quick and easy.
Use a small amount of cleanser and lukewarm water to wash your face. Use your fingertips or a soft washcloth. Rinse and pat dry.
- Avoid extremely hot or cold water as it can irritate rosacea and redness.
- Mild steam helps to soften hardened oil in pores – it is a good idea to cleanse your face in the shower.
Should You Wash Twice a Day?
It is not necessary to wash your face twice a day unless you have really oily skin. Normal, combination, and dry skin should only be washed once a day. I would suggest it be done at night. Those of you with oily skin should wash in the morning and at night. Over washing your face can cause it to dry out and cause irritation. I always suggest a quick wash after working out to keep from breaking out.
Should You Exfoliate and Use a Toner?
I would suggest that you exfoliate once per week and do it carefully. There are some great cleansers that have tiny beads within the cleanser that are just enough to exfoliate while you clean your face. This is great as they are not too harsh for your skin and you can do it every day without irritation. Only use a grainy scrub once per week or every other week. These can really irritate your skin if over used. An alternative to grainy scrubs is using salicylic or glycolic acid cleansers. These offer anti-aging benefits as well as prevents breakouts.
Toners are not necessary but sure do feel good after cleansing your skin. Toners can also remove the left over dirt and makeup not removed by cleansing. Make sure to avoid the alcohol based toners. They strip your skin of its natural oils. Gentle toners calm the skin and balance pH levels. If you are one that needs a toner then please use a gentle one.
How Much Should You Spend on a Cleanser?
I am a skin care freak. I have tried every kind of cleanser, toner, and moisturizer known to man. It is my advice to not spend so much on your cleanser. Your cleanser gets washed down the drain. You can find a good cleanser at your local drug store or online at Amazon or Sephora for $30 or less. I would spend more money on a good moisturizer that stays on your skin all night and works its anti-aging magic.
What Does Katiem2 Have To Say?
Katie McMurray aka Katiem2 is a great resource for beauty and skin care. She and I both write many similar articles in the Beauty and Fashion category. She explains to us how we should let our skin breathe from makeup every once in awhile. Go through your skin care routine and then go natural without the makeup. It really does make your skin feel so much better!