You do it every day, but are you washing right? If you are blasting your skin every morning in the shower or scrubbing up a storm, read on to save your face.
Leaning over the sink and cupping water into your hands should be your modus operandi for washing your face. The shower spray is too harsh and usually far too hot for your delicate facial skin, and can in fact, do damage. Shower washing tends to lead to over-cleansing which not only strips the skin of its natural protective oils, it dilates blood vessels causing the skin to become red and irritated, and can cause broken capillaries. Not nice.
Lukewarm is ideal. Hot water dries out the skin; arctic cold is unpleasant and doesn’t do an effective job of removing oils or the last traces of makeup. Some dermatologists and doctors recommend that those with good skin and those with dry or sensitive skin should wash their face only once a day—at night. Others advise twice a day —morning and night. Use common sense and do what works best for you. See what 49-year-old Salma Hayek does (here).
Gentle is best; expensive isn’t better.
DO YOU DO THIS? Here is an important step that many people forget to do: wash your hands . Before you wash your face, first wash your hands. Otherwise you are rubbing dirt and bacteria onto your face. Not good.
So once your hands are clean, simply splash the warm water onto your skin. Apply a mild cleanser with fingertips in a circular motion (don’t forget your jawline and neck.) You don’t need a scrub, a wash cloth, or an electronic device. Rather than roughing up your skin with abrasives, products now contain effective ingredients namely alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, and citric among them) and beta hydroxy acids (particularly salicylic) that go deep down to exfoliate, improve, and smooth. Acids dissolve the upper layer of cells to trigger repair.
I use CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser morning and night. If am removing makeup, I do a double cleanse using the pure
Almond Oil or the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (see my review here) and The Body Shop’s Camomile Makeup Remover (see my review here), followed by the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. Although many do, I don’t use a toner. I wash, then whilst the skin is still slightly damp, I apply an anti-ageing serum (see my review here). Of late, I have switched from the Timeless to try out this one (here. Watch for a review in the coming days). Then the CeraVe Eye Repair Cream (see my review here) and the CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM (see my review here). Part of getting good skin is giving your routine time to work rather than constantly changing up products. Consistency is key. Patience is a virtue.
DO YOU DO THIS? Here is another critical piece of the face washing puzzle. Dry (pat gently, actually) your face with a CLEAN towel. Yes, a fresh one, for your face only. Not the one you dry you hands on all day, and your kids are using, too. I know, more laundry. Buy more towels if you must.
So, how’d you do?
Make small adjustments as required. I won’t tell. But your skin will thank you.