It’s tempting after a long day to go to bed without washing your face. Many of us fall asleep on the couch, or just don’t see the importance of washing our face before bed. We look to our celebrities for beauty inspiration, but in an interview with People Magazine, top celebrity Lady Gaga admitted to going to bed without washing her face. Her reasoning: “Im blessed with good genes.”
Good genes or not, on a daily basis, our faces are exposed to external factors such as harmful UV rays, pollution, and filthy cellular phones which can cause breakouts, skin irritation, dryness, and premature aging. If you’re not flaunting the skin of your dreams, it may be time to look at how you’re cleansing your skin. A good sudsy lathering, followed by a scrub with a washcloth, and a wipe down with a towel are more suited for washing a car than for cleansing the delicate skin on your face. Here are nine tips to help you solidify a proper skin cleansing routine and to help you achieve the amazing skin you’ve always wanted:
1. For most, washing in the morning and evening will suffice. However, if your skin tends to be very oily, it will probably feel better to wash again in the afternoon. I’ll admit, this can be annoying if you wear makeup, but you’ll probably feel and most likely look better with that extra wash.
2. Wash your hands. We unknowingly come into contact with numerous germs, dirt, oils and other substances during the day. Avoid transferring these contaminants to your face by properly washing your hands prior to cleansing your face.
3. Water temperature is also an important factor. Warm temperatures are kinder to your skin than hot water. Hot water can make inflamed skin worse, and can also cause dryness. After cleansing, use cool water as a final rinse to close your pores.
4. Give some thought to the traditional washcloth. You don’t necessarily need to use one and you’ll want to avoid their use at all if you have sensitive skin. If you prefer to use something other than your fingers, try the Shammy. Not to be confused with the Sham Wow, this Aveda product can be used for daily facial cleansing, makeup, or masque removal.
5. Use a nickel-sized amount of cleanser to begin your “pre-cleanse” of the skin. Using your fingers, make gentle circular motions when cleansing. Never scrub your face and try to avoid downward motions to avoid increasing the sagging of the skin. Your eyes deserve special care. The eyelids and under the eyes have the most sensitive skin of any place on your body, so it’s important to be extra gentle when maneuvering around the eye area.
6. After your initial pre-cleanse, repeat the use of cleanser, cleansing motions, and rinsing twice more. “In order for the skin to be properly and fully cleansed, you must cleanse and rinse at least 3 times, “ says Michele Thomas, Washington, DC Aveda Institute Lead Educator and 20 year esthiology veteran. She says that anything less will result in left over dirt and debris on the skin.
7. To further protect the eye area, try to use products that can be removed with water. If the use of certain products can’t be avoided, use a good eye makeup remover to help remove the waterproof makeup easily so you can avoid using too much force around your sensitive eye area.
8. Gentle is also the name of the game when drying your skin. Drying the skin should be done by patting your face rather than rubbing it. Also, use a clean towel so that you’re not putting bacteria or dirt back onto your newly cleansed skin.
9. After you have dried your face, wait about 5 to 10 minutes to perform the next step. The American Academy of Dermatology warns that applying medication too soon can irritate skin and may cause further breakouts. Your skin is at its most absorbent after you wash, and applying a medication too soon can be irritating.