Washing our faces every day is basically second nature after doing so since our teenage years. We will admit, however, that sometimes we tend to slack. Whether it’s tiredness, laziness or plain forgetfulness — there’s no excuse for neglecting this fundamental step in skin care. In 2015, we vow to not only cleanse our skin daily, but to do so the right way. Yes, there is a proper method of ridding skin of impurities and we have some expert advice from Kenneth Beer, MD, PA.
- Before you dive into the cleansing process, taking off makeup is the first thing you should be doing. This means wiping off mascara, eyeshadow and foundation. “I would recommend using a pad to remove any makeup or debris from the skin,” says Dr. Beer. Need some suggestions? We’ve got you covered right this way. Dr. Beer also recommends using Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes ($6.59).
- Water temperature doesn’t seem important, but it is. Lukewarm water is best to loosen up dirt, making it easier to wash off without stripping the skin of natural oils. Hot water can dehydrate skin, but if you are prone to redness, then opt for cooler water.
- “Avoid fragrances and dyes whenever possible,” says Dr. Beer when it comes to choosing a face cleanser. Massage cleanser in a circular, outward motion and don’t skip areas like your hairline, jaw and neck, which tend to be neglected. “The gentle motion associated with cleaning will increase blood flow to the skin and help it remain healthy,” notes Dr. Beer.
- Always pat skin dry with a clean and soft towel — avoid rough towels and rubbing motions when drying. Also, don’t use the same towel you use on your hair or body since it can be filled with pore-clogging germs.
- Within a minute of washing your face, apply your serums and creams. This helps lock in moisture and keeps skin hydrated longer.
Step 6 is obviously going out and enjoying gorgeous, clean skin, but that’s a given.