Face Washing 101: 7 Tips to Cleanse Like A Boss
Posted on May 21 2020
We’re already washing our hands 3,000 times a day and not touching our face, and now we have to add wearing a mask to the list of things that may or may not help curb the spread of the Coronavirus. One thing we do know for sure is that covering your mouth all day long makes for a sweaty face and increases the potential for clogged pores. That means you have to take care of your face by cleaning it thoroughly and regularly. Here are a few tips to ensure Covid-19 doesn’t disrupt your skin care like it’s disrupted everything else.
What you’ll need:
- Facial mask (optional)
- Clean towel
The best time to clean your face is before bed to wash off the day’s accumulation and keep your pillow case clean. But, you should also consider washing your mug in the morning, and after a sweaty workout. Preventing the buildup of bacteria on your face is step one in having clean, clear skin.
Cleaning regularly can be time consuming and expensive, but you know your body better than anyone else. If you don’t have overly oily skin and your face isn’t actually dirty, a water-only wash allows your natural oils to hydrate your skin and prevent irritation. You can splash your face with water and gently rub your face with your hands. Or, soak a washcloth and gently rub all over your face. The washcloth even gives you some extra exfoliation.
Don’t use hot water
It’s best to use cold or lukewarm water for your regular washes and your water-only cleanings. This especially applies if you have sensitive skin or rosacea. We previously discussed the benefits of cold showers, and the same thing applies to washing your face: the cold water makes your pores tight which reduces redness and puffiness, and the brisk splash increases blood flow which gives your skin a warm, even glow.
Use your fingertipsOftentimes, you’ll see people using their whole hand, palm and all, to apply a facial cleanser, but experts say that’s not how to do it. When soaping your face, it’s best to use your fingertips to lightly massage the soap onto your face. Stroking that beautiful face with your fingertips in a circular motion helps stimulate blood circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage. That sounds nasty, but it’s how your body rids itself of internal toxins.
Designate a face towel
Facial cleanliness doesn’t stop when you’ve rinsed your soap off. It’s extremely important to have a towel that you ONLY use to dry your face. Using your shower towel or the common-area hand towel will spread the bacteria that lives on those towels onto your face which can cause acne. That defeats the whole purpose of all your hard work! Make sure you have one towel that you, and ONLY you, use to ONLY dry your face. And, don’t forget to pat your face dry. Rubbing the cloth on your skin can do more harm than good.
Don’t cleanse after a facial mask
You are supposed to apply a facial mask to a clean, dry face so the ingredients in the mask can work their magic without having to fight with oily skin or makeup products. So, whether you’re peeling the sheet off or rinsing off your clay mask with lukewarm water, you don’t have to wash your face again. The powerful and concentrated active ingredients in masks are designed to penetrate your skin and continue working long after you remove it. Washing your face right after will cut short the benefits of the mask and potentially dry out your skin.
Moisturize. Moisturize! MOISTURIZE!
Speaking of dry skin, it is essential… damn near mandatory… that you use a moisturizing immediately after you’re done washing. And we mean IMMEDIATELY after washing. Experts say that waiting even a few minutes before moisturizing allows your skin to dehydrate, making it harder to moisturize effectively. Good moisturizers help pull water in and lock in under the surface of your skin.
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