Washing your face is something that you should be doing everyday. But when you’ve been doing it your whole life, how do you know if you’re doing it the right way?
Here’s a couple of dos and don’ts about the very important process of face cleansing, via Brit and Co.
- Wash With Lukewarm Water: We all know the rule: Wash your face with hot water to open pores, then rinse with cold water to close them. Turns out, it’s a myth. Exposing the skin to different extremes can actually cause irritation, excess dryness and blood vessel ruptures.
- Remove Makeup Before You Wash: Although most cleansers advertise that they are powerful enough to remove makeup and dirt from your face in one fell swoop, that usually isn’t the case. The staying power of concealer and foundation is amazing, guys. To make sure your face is totally clean and clear, remove your makeup first, then wash your face with your cleanser.
- Cleanse Before and After Workouts: Obvi you should wash your face after your workout, but what clear skin seekers don’t know is you should also wash your face before working out to remove makeup or any built-up dirt. Sounds weird, huh? We thought so, too, until we found out that sweating opens the pores, which creates the perfect-storm opportunity for everything that’s on your face to get trapped in the skin and cause future breakouts. Make sure you use something gentle but effective like Dr. Spiller Cellosophy Gentle Selective Cleanser.
- Don’t Over Wash or Over Exfoliate:
When your face is in rebellion, it’s natural to want to attack it with everything you’ve got – acne creams, cleansers, exfoliates. But, you can over do it, which will lead to the exact opposite results you want. Read — more breakouts. Over washing and over exfoliating leads to dryness, irritation, inflammation and even infection, all of which destroy your skin’s ability to fight off pimple-causing bacteria.