Wet, wash, rinse, dry. When it comes to washing your face, there’s really not that much to it. Or is there?
Shockingly enough, most of us are washing our face wrong and it’s causing unnecessary breakouts and wrinkles. Before you do any more damage, read on to discover the right way to wash your face and the proper steps you should be taking to achieve a clear complexion.
Step #1: Wet
Your mom, grandma or best friend probably told you a long time ago to wash your face with hot water since it will open up your pores and help you clean deep down in there. Sorry to burst your bubble, but as nice as that hot water might feel it’s actually hurting your face, not helping it. Heat can be drying and can even irritate those with sensitive skin. Since your pores don’t actually “open” anyways, there is really no point in including hot water in your face washing routine at all. Instead, opt for luke-warm water, which can assist in breaking down dirt and makeup on your face without causing any irritation.
Step #2: Wash
Once you’ve splashed some water on your face, you’re ready to wash. But quickly rubbing product on your face and then rinsing it off is pretty much pointless. The key to truly getting your skin clean and removing makeup, dirt, and environmental debris is motion and time. Spend thirty seconds to a full minute massaging the cleanser into your face, and work in circular, outward motions. Give a little extra attention to your t-zone (which can produce more oil) or anywhere that you’re prone to breakouts.
If you use an exfoliant in lieu of cleanser, scrub gently. The product is formulated to exfoliate skin so it’s not necessary to use force. You should also limit use to once or twice a week since excessive exfoliation can cause more harm than good by irritating the skin.
Step #3: Rinse
When it’s time to rinse off your cleanser, don’t change the water temperature. If you thought hot water “opened” your pores, you probably think cold water “closes” them. This is also a myth! Truth is, extreme temperature changes can sensitize your skin — like hot and cold water. Keeping water luke-warm from start to finish is your best bet. When rinsing your face, it is also important to rub along your hairline, on the side of your nose and around your ears. We tend to skip over these areas, and doing so can lead to soap build up and annoying breakouts. Make sure your face is totally soap free by rinsing thoroughly and not missing any spots.
Step #4: Dry
Now that your face is squeaky clean, it’s time to dry you off. Gently, of course. Use a clean towel to softly dab your face and absorb excess water. Rubbing your face dry can cause a slew of problems from irritation to wrinkles. Give your face some TLC and it will give you a calm, clear, youthful complexion.