Washing your face

Effective Face Washing Techniques for Beautiful Skin

There’s more to good face washing than you might imagine. If you’ve had the same routine since your prepubescent years, and the condition of your skin isn’t up to par with your wishes, it’s time to make a change. Follow these easy steps to transform your dull aging skin into beautiful radiant skin.

Selecting the correct facial cleanser

  • Use a cleanser meant for the face, not the body. Your skin is slightly acidic, possessing a pH around 5.5. Many body washes are more alkaline, which can irritate facial skin. Cleansers with the same or lower pH yield the best results.
  • Use a soap-free cleanser, also called a beauty bar, as a face wash with lower-than-skin pH. This is a particularly good choice if you don’t have oily skin.
  • Select an antiseptic wash or other gentle cleanser if you’re prone to acne.
  • Choose a wax- and oil-free cleanser to gently clean your dry or sensitive skin.
  • Ask your healthcare provider for a recommended formula if you have rosacea.
  • Look for fragrance-, oil- and alcohol-free face cleansers, which are must-have features no matter your skin type.
  • Consider a gentle exfoliant, which both cleans and removes the build up of dead skin cells. An exfoliant should be applied in a circular motion and only be used 2-3 times per week. The texture of an exfoliant should be very fine and not rough or harsh.

Prepare to wash your face

  • Pull your hair back with a headband or barrette.
  • Wash your hands to start with a clean palette for applying face wash.
  • Wet your face with warm, not hot, water. Excessive heat dries out the skin.

Use proper face-washing and drying techniques

  • Apply a nickel-sized dollop of cleanser to the palm of your hand.
  • Rub your hands together to evenly distribute the cleanser.
  • Apply the cleanser to your face in gentle circular motions, keeping the product away from your eyes. Use a separate eye makeup remover to prevent irritating the sensitive skin around your eyes and the eyes themselves.
  • Resist the urge to scrub, especially if you have acne, since your efforts to clean deeper could backfire.
  • Cleanse your skin by gently rubbing in small circles with a washcloth or disposable face cloth. Open weaves are gentler on skin than tight weaves. Cleansing brushes are also a gentle option for removing make up, dirt and oil.
  • Rinse your face with lukewarm or even cool water and rid your hands of all soap residue.
  • Pat your face dry with a soft, clean wash cloth or towel. Avoid rubbing the skin, which could cause irritation.

Apply products to your freshly-washed face

  • Your skin is at its most absorbent immediately after washing. To prevent irritation, give it a few minutes to dry before applying topical medication or moisturizer.
  • Select what you apply to your skin carefully. Fragrances and preservatives are most likely to cause allergic reactions. Choose moisturizers that specifically say they are gentle enough to use on your face.
  • Avoid the following ingredients in skin care products if you know you are prone to allergies:
    • Imidazolidinyl urea
    • Paraben
    • DMDM hydantoin
    • Quaternium-15
    • Formaldehyde
    • Phenoxyethanol methylchloroisothiazolinone

Face washing is more than simply grabbing some soap and scrubbing your face down as vigorously as you would to wash your car. With the right techniques and a gentle touch, your skin will look and feel its very best.

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