Many of us know how complicated skincare can sometimes be. For instance, you should put a lot of care, thought, and understanding into choosing an anti-aging regimen. Don’t get us started on how to choose the right skincare products for your skin type!
On the other hand, face washing tends to be somewhat of a no-brainer. After all, it’s pretty basic, right? Water + soap = squeaky clean face?
Face washing is the most basic step in any skin care routine. BUT, there are basic details that can trip you up!
You need to understand how to do this effectively to make the most out of your skin care regime. If you fail to do it right, the succeeding steps of your skin care routine may be futile.
We wash our face to do away with all the grime and dirt that may clog our pores. Cleansing effectively also removes dead skin, which may give you zits when mixed with oil and dirt.
Clean skin allows for better penetration of your skincare products too!
The YEOUTH team wants to empower you with the right information and the correct skincare products to keep your skin healthy, youthful, and radiant. And so, the very first step is to reinforce the very foundation of your skincare regime which is cleansing.
YEOUTH’s top tips on facial washing:
1. The right water temperature
Yup, there’s a right water temperature for facial washing. It doesn’t boil down to personal preference. To understand the water temperature conducive for facial washing, you need to better know how your pores work.
Pores don’t have muscles that can help open or close them. But, they can be opened or closed depending on water temperature. Cold water closes pores, hot water opens them up. Although most people love the soothing feeling of hot water, hot water strips the skin of its natural oils and eventually give them skin that is either too oily, too dry, or too irritated. On the other hand, cold water won’t effectively remove debris and oily grime in clogged pores.
You want the water temperature to be just right.
Always, always, use lukewarm water for face washing to get the best results. It is sufficient to unclog the pores but still preserve your skin’s hydrating oils.
To find the right balance, you may want to test the extremes of your water faucet and choose something that feels in between. Your hand should not want to pull away as if it is burned, but feel comfortable and pleasantly warm.
2. Choosing the right cleanser
Don’t make the mistake of exacerbating your skin concerns by using the wrong cleanser. If you have dry skin, do away with harsh cleansers, most especially the type that is formulated to remove oils. Instead, go for mild cleansers that contain moisturizing and cleansing ingredients. Stay away from foaming cleansers that include sodium laurel sulfate that is a skin irritant.
If you have oily skin, you need a stronger cleanser, but choose one that doesn’t have overly-harsh ingredients. It is understandable that you would want to remove the grease and oil on your skin, but keep in mind that you still need some of your skin’s natural oils to prevent irritation. Also, we wouldn’t want your skin to over compensate by producing more oil!
Those with combination skin can use various cleansers for the different parts of their face. There are some cleansers out there which have a nice balance of potent ingredients (i.e. glycolic acid) in lower concentrations so as not to irritate the skin but still effectively removing oils. Unsure of your skin type? Here’s a primer.
3. Washing too often, and too long
We normally rush through the steps of our morning routine in this fast paced world. However, try to set aside some time to wash your face effectively. Everyday, consider face washing (and going through the other steps of your beauty regime) to nurture yourself and care for your skin. You might be surprised at how meditatively therapeutic methodical washing can be, as you gently rub your cleanser in circular motions around your face. In doing this, 30 seconds to a full minute will suffice. You might be surprised at how 30 seconds is longer than you thought!
A lot of people think that the more they wash their face, the better. They also wonder why they are dealing with tight, itchy, or irritated skin. Resist the urge to over-cleanse your skin. Under no circumstances should you wash more than thrice daily.
4. Remove all residue
Here’s another don’t: ’rushed’ facial washing! Don’t get caught up in the morning rush. If you find that you are breaking out along the edges of your face, it’s most likely because you are not properly removing all the soap residue from your face cleansing routine.
Soap has some similarity to an oil or fat, which is why it is capable of loosening oily debris in clogged pores. If you leave soap residue on your face, you are leaving oily debris. Plus, the soap residue can irritate your skin and even inflame your pores.
Be sure to rinse your skin well after lathering with your cleanser. Rinse your skin with water multiple times until soap is no longer visible and you no longer feel a soap film on your skin. You may want to use warm water, since it dissolves soap better than cold water.
Many facial cleansing routines call for cold water to be used at the end of facial cleansing to close your pores. While this step may or may not be effective, it doesn't hurt to add this step after using warm water to remove your facial cleanser.
These are the basic steps to wash your face correctly. As you can see, understanding the nuances of facial cleansing will really improve the removal of dirt from your pores while maintaining your essential skin oils. Oh, and don’t forget to apply that serum and moisturizer within 3 minutes of washing to seal in the most moisture!
If you have any other questions on how to wash your face effectively, let us know in the comments below. We'd also love to hear any tips or tricks you have for facial cleansing techniques - please share!