When children, even girls don’t want to wash their face both in the morning and in the evening and they do it only when their moms make them. Having grown up, they understand that removing makeup after a long day is a good way to relax and get rid of tension. We can say that skin care starts with washing the face. However, it turned out that doing it wrong can harm the face and even cause premature skin-aging as well as the appearance of blemishes.
We at Bright Side learned about the details of everyday facial cleansing and found out that many of us do it wrong. In this article, our readers will find professional advice and recommendations from cosmetologists and dermatologists, as well as an interesting bonus with a secret on how to remove blackheads easier.
- In order to clean your face thoroughly, start with your hands. In order to avoid the dirt and oil from your hands getting on your face, wash them with soap.
- Many girls make one of 2 of the most common mistakes: they remove makeup with a special product and don’t wash their face after that or, conversely, use a washing gel without removing makeup before doing so.
Micellar water removes not only makeup but also the natural protective oil layer from your face. That’s why after wiping your face with it, wash it with water once again.
There are many useful components for effective cleansing and skin moisturizing in face-washing products of good quality. However, you can’t get rid of dirt completely using only a washing gel or a washing foam. All this will lead to clogged pores and inflammation.
Is it better to wash the face with your hands or with a sponge?
- Say “No” to reusable sponges — even if you wash them every evening, there are many bacteria reproducing inside a sponge and they won’t do anything good for your skin.
- Many dermatologists advise washing the face with your hands to lessen the skin damage because microcracks and excessive friction can lead to premature wrinkles. Nerida Joy, a cosmetologist who works with many Hollywood celebrities recommends doing it the following way: apply the face washing product to the moisturized skin using circular movements without putting too much pressure on your skin. Remember that our skin is covered with thin hairs and circular movements will help penetrate the pores underneath them.
- Also, experts recommend not to use sponges, but disposable tissue napkins or cloths for washing dishes for extra cleansing. Nowadays, it’s quite easy to get both napkins and cloths in stores. Wet the cloth with warm water and wipe the rest of the dirt or makeup with sliding movements. Repeat the procedure 3 times and remember to always use a clean napkin or cloth.
Which washing product to choose?
- Don’t wash your face with products that produce a lot of foam (with the exception of cleansing foam.) Its aggressive sulfates that give this effect are the reason why instead of cleaning the face, you destroy the lipid barrier and break the pH balance. Usually, such gels create a feeling of a sparkling-clean face but it’s just an illusion. Such products only aggravate rosacea, inflammation, and aging of the skin.
- Forget about scrubs even the ones made of natural ingredients (coffee, baking soda, or oats). Use a soft wiping cloth for exfoliation.
- Choose a cleanser suitable for your skin type.
Lotions and milk cleansers will suit dry skin.
Washing gels and foams will suit oily or combination skin.
Cleansing foams are the best option for mature and sensitive skin.
Try to find a product that doesn’t contain alcohol but has glycerine and niacinamide. If your skin is prone to acne, look for a salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or benzoyl peroxide in the contents of a face-washing product. But if you have oily skin, don’t use those products every day because by doing so, you can overdry the skin and it will start producing more oil, which will only aggravate the situation with acne.
Water and towel
- Lukewarm water is the perfect option for washing the face. If the water is too cold, it will make your pores shrink and if the water is too hot, it will make your skin dry.
- Don’t rub your face with a towel too much — it’s better to simply soak your face and wait until it dries completely. By the way, if you have acne-prone skin, cosmetologists recommend washing your towel after every use.
- Wash your face with massage movements for 40-60 seconds so that all of the useful components of the cleanser will have a chance to do their job.
The skin around the eyes
- The skin around the eyes is much thinner and this fact makes it more vulnerable to aging. Don’t rub it while washing and don’t scrub it. Even moisturizing creams should be applied carefully — it’s better to use special products for the eyes.
- Remove makeup from the eyes carefully. Cosmetologists advise wiping the face with a cotton pad from the outer edge of the eye to the inner one; starting with the upper lid and finishing with the lower one.
- After removing your makeup, as well as washing and drying the face, it’s necessary to apply a moisturizing product to the face. It can be a toner, moisturizing serum, or a cream.
- If you use several products, apply a toner first — it will normalize the pH of your skin. By the way, some cosmetologists recommend applying it with your fingers because a cotton pad will absorb the biggest part of the product.
One beauty channel shared a video where they showed the face-washing process that many girls in South Korea use in details. The main recommendation states that you should “Treat your face as if it’s your baby.” It means that there should be minimal pressure on your skin. Here is how this gentle process looks:
- Wash your face with water.
- Squeeze the necessary amount of the face-washing product and foam it in your hands, not on your face. There is no need to do it if you are using a washing foam.
- Apply the product to your face very carefully and gently.
- Make massage movements with your pinky fingers — it will prevent you from pressing too much and from traumatizing your skin. Moreover, the pinky fingers can massage the face more carefully.
- Rinse the product and don’t rub your face with wet hands. Instead, fill your hands with water and rinse your face with small portions.
- Don’t wipe the face with a towel. Instead, dry your hands and massage your face.
- Apply a toner or a thermal water while your face is still wet.
Bonus: how to make pore strips work more effectively.
Recently cosmetologists have shared a new way of how to get rid of blackheads on the nose more effectively. You’ll need a pore strip for the nose to perform this procedure.
- Cleanse your face;
- Steam it over a bowl of hot water so that your pores will expand;
- Soak the pore strip in a solution of baking soda and warm water and then stick it onto your nose;
- Carefully peel the strip off after it dries.
The secret is in the solution of water and soda as the baking soda will remove extra oil from your nose and, therefore, provide better adhesion with the skin.
Remember that you’re better off not using them very often — once a week is more than enough.
What face-washing products do you use? Please tell us about it in the comments!