Nothing is more straightforward than washing your face, right?
Proper face-washing is one of the most undervalued and misunderstood parts of skincare in the history of ever, and it’s because it seems so simple.
However, washing your face incorrectly can cause a whole host of problems, such as overly oily skin, uneven toning, and even out-of-control acne.
At this point, you’re probably asking “Al! that just from washing my face? There’s no way!”I assure you though, there is a way.
And today, I’m going to teach you the right way.
So without further ado, here’s how to properly wash your face:
Step 1: Let’s Start With the Water
“The water?” Yes, the water.
Believe it or not, water temperature actually matters a lot in accomplishing the goal of your wash. For example, warm water opens the pores and allows you to lift dirt and debris from your skin before it causes issues, and should generally be used in the first phase of your wash.
Cold water, on the other hand, causes your pores to retract and tightens the skin. This should be used during the end of your wash to close your pores back up and form a temporary protective barrier against dirt and debris. That’s why, if you use cold water in the beginning, you aren’t going to get anywhere.
So, to recap, warm water first, always.
Step 2: Resist the Urge to Scrub
Resist the Urge to Scrub Let me Say it Again, Just to Reiterate.
Scrubbing is a major skin irritant, and do you know what your skin does when it gets irritated? It produces oils, which in turn causes acne. Not to mention, doing this with a washcloth or towel can cause microtears in the skin that invite in bacteria, oil, and dirt.
Because of this, scrubbing during a face wash can often leave your face in worse shape than when you started.
Instead, you should work the skin in smooth, circular motions with your fingers and a gentle facewash.
Step 3: Speaking of Face Wash
The soap you use is perhaps the most important part of your wash and can make or break the whole process.
You should shoot for soaps that do not contain and moisturizers fragrances, or harsh chemicals, as these all dry your skin out and cause adverse effects like increased oil production.
Instead, use a mild, natural soap that is non-abrasive and contains no alcohol. This ensures your skin retains some of its natural moisture and does not have to kick into oil overdrive to fix the damage you would be doing.
Step 4: The Final Frontier
You’ve made it through your wash now, sealed those fresh, clean pores with cold water, and all that’s left to do is dry off. At least that’s straightforward, right?
Well, it isn’t complicated, but you may have to make some changes to your routine.
Drying your face should be done incredibly gently so as not to irritate and undo all the hard work you’ve just put into looking your best.
The most important thing to remember is not to wipe, as this is essentially the same thing as scrubbing.
Instead, you should pat as gently as possible to remove only the surface drops, leaving your skin with a little moisture to absorb. This allows it to firm up and temporarily decrease oil production, leaving you with clean, supple skin.
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