7 Easy Steps to Wash Your Face the Right Way - A Beginner's Guide


7 Easy Steps to Wash Your Face the Right Way - A Beginner's Guide

While washing your face may seem like the single most important part of any skin care routine, doing it right (or wrong) can make or break your skin's health. How you wash your face sets the foundation for your entire skin care routine.

Cleansed skin is better able to absorb essential nutrients, which increases the benefits of every other product you put on your face. If you really want to show off your best face, washing properly with the best products for your skin type will produce good results.


Why should you Wash your Face?

It is argued that washing is the most important step in any skin care routine. You probably know that not washing your face can lead to pores and acne, but did you know that it also speeds up aging?

Free radicals from air pollution accumulate in the skin throughout the day, and if not removed, break down elastin and collagen, creating fine lines and wrinkles.  A good face wash reduces free radical damage and ensures that other skin care products are absorbed into the skin.

Zeolite, a natural volcanic mineral, is an effective cleanser that reveals clear, refined pores. Thanks to the negative minerals that act as magnets, zeolite removes toxins and free radicals from the skin. It is excellent for mixing with oils as it binds to impurities and gently removes them.

Two facial cleansers that contain zeolite are Anteage Cleanser and Rhonda Allison Soothing Gel Cleanse.


How frequently should you Wash your face?

Some of the most common skin care mistakes people make are over-cleansing, over-cleansing, and over-drying. Recommended cleaning frequency is twice a day, morning and evening. 

If you are active and sweaty during the day, it is good to wash your face again to remove the excess sweat, excess oil and dirt that can build up and harden on your skin after exercise. After that we like to carry Nelly De Vuyst Micellar Foam in a sports bag for this purpose!

Washing your face more often than twice a day will only work against you because it can damage your skin's barrier. Washing the skin too much can cause irritation and overproduction of sebum, making oily skin more difficult to regulate.

Neglecting regular facial hygiene does not prevent your skin from drying out, despite what some may believe. Washing your face actually increases the moisture content of your skin! When you don't wash your face in the morning, bacteria from your pillow stays on your skin all day, increasing your chances of acne.

Washing your skin at night or sleeping with makeup on will not help. The whole body's purpose is to regenerate while we sleep, and the skin is no different. If you like to wake up with a clean, fresh and refreshed face, sleeping with a clean face at night is your best friend.


How to Clean Your Face?

Follow these 7 steps to cleanse your face, reduce breakouts and ensure deep cleansing. Your skin will be ready to drink nourishing hydration in no time!


7 Easy Steps to Wash Your Face the Right Way - A Beginner's Guide

• Choose the right facial cleanser

While "one size fits all" might work for that comfy shirt you love to sleep in, the same doesn't apply to your cleanser. It's important to remove buildup from your day with a facial cleanser that's best for your skin type and unique concerns. If you've been using a makeup wipe at the end of the day without any other cleanser, you're just getting rid of the outer dirt and grime.

Depending on the brand of face wipes, you may be leaving behind ingredients that aren't good for your skin. We understand that choosing the right skincare products to add to your cleansing routine can seem complicated, and we're here to make it simple.

In general, milk, jelly and cream based cleansers are for those who have less oil on their skin. Foaming cleansers that contain an exfoliating acid are often preferred by people with an oily T-zone. For our healthy, senior customers, I recommend a gentle cleanser that contains anti-aging peptides.

If you're looking for specific guidance on what to cleanse your face, I recommend trying our personalized skincare advice or visiting our information page which focuses specifically on the best cleansers for your skin type.


• Start with dry skin and clean hands

With ANY cleanser, be it oil, cream, foam, lotion, etc. you should always apply it to DRY SKIN first! Why? Well, the agents used to cleanse the skin (surfactants, oils, esters, etc.) are designed to adhere to the molecules to be removed (oils, dirt, debris) and reduce the surface tension of the molecule. This allows for easy removal when washing your face.

If you apply the water to your face first, it won't give the cleansing agents their full ability to adhere. That doesn't mean your cleanser won't work, but if you use the dry method, you'll maximize the performance of your face wash. Try it! All you have to do is apply the cleanser to dry skin and massage well for no more than a minute.


• Massage with wet fingers, then rinse

After applying the facial cleanser to dry skin, moisten your fingers with warm water and massage all over your face in circular motions. This will emulsify the cleanser and loosen impurities and dead skin cells. Gently massaging your skin with your fingertips stimulates circulation and collagen production, so feel free to take your time with this step knowing your skin will benefit from the extra love.

If you wear makeup, we recommend removing it with an appropriate cleanser. For the eye area, apply the cleanser to a moistened gauze or cotton ball and gently remove makeup, or try a cleansing pad that is safe for the eye area. We suggest some great makeup removers on this learning page. An in-studio favorite, especially for acne-prone skin, is the Magic Glove that removes makeup WITHOUT cleanser.


• Rinse well with warm water

While it may be nice to use warm water on your face, doing so will upset the balance of natural oils that act as a protective barrier against pollutants and cellular damage. Hot water can leave delicate skin feeling dry and too oily, as sebum production gets out of control. It is best to rinse your face thoroughly with warm water to maintain the integrity of the skin.

Extreme temperatures are not recommended. Many people believe that pores expand with hot water and contract with cold water, but that's not the case. Hot water softens the skin, making it easier to remove fat and cellular debris.


• Dry the skin with a soft, clean towel

This is a critical step that can be easy to overlook. Now that you have fresh, clean skin, the goal is to keep it that way. Reusing a dirty washcloth or wiping your face with the bath towel are two common mistakes, as both methods reintroduce bacteria and mold to the skin. Choose a towel that is clean, clean, and as soft as possible.

If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, it's also important to make sure fabrics that come into contact with your skin are free from fabric softener residue and artificial fragrances. Be careful not to tug or tug on your skin, which can break down collagen and lead to wrinkles, sagging skin, and irritated skin.


• Implement the double cleaning method

I recommend a double cleansing at night for all skin types, except those with particularly sensitive skin. Washing your face twice may seem like a lot of work, but it's worth it. The first cleanse removes makeup and surface dirt, while the second cleanse removes cellular debris that can clog pores, dull the complexion, and prevent maximum absorption of serums, congealers, and moisturizers. Choosing which products to double cleanse with depends on both your skin type and your goals. My favorite combination of cleansers is Sister Apricot Mango Cleansing Milk mixed with Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Lactic Cleanse. I look forward to this relaxing and aromatic experience every day!


• Tones, nourishes and hydrates

Your skin should now be clean and a little taut, indicating it's ready to absorb nutrients from the rest of your products like a sponge! Toners, serums, and moisturizers should be applied immediately (and in that order) after your cleansing routine to properly nourish and hydrate your skin. And don't forget the SPF! Sunscreen is essential to protect your skin and prevent long-term damage.

As with most things in life, consistency is the key to best results!


What about Cleaning Devices?

There has been a lot of hype recently around various cleaning tools, some of which come with a hefty price tag. Rotating brushes, in particular, are very bad for the skin. They create microscopic tears that damage the skin. At Art of Skin Care, we take a gentler approach with a selection of highly effective ultrasonic cleansing devices.

These devices emit ultrasonic vibration waves to remove impurities from the skin and pores. They also make any product you put on your face more effective. If you're looking for that extra boost when it comes to cleansing and caring for your skin, this is the way to go.

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