Out of all the steps in your skincare routine, washing your face is always the most important. It gets rid of makeup, dirt, oil, sweat, and the pollution that gets into our pores every day, so you want to do a good job.
So are you doing it right? Here are some top tips to make to most of your daily face ritual.
No, this isn’t a special tip that professionals use, it is common sense. Before you wash your face, remove any eye makeup, and also wash your hands. Taking off the makeup means that you won’t end up with dark smudges left over, and washing your hands prevents any extra germs or dirt getting into your nice clean pores.
It is actually a myth that hot water opens up your pores, because they don’t necessarily open and close. However, it does loosen up all of the stuff that has gotten into them during the day, and helps to clear out pores.
Ideally, the water shouldn’t be too hot because it will dry your skin – particularly in winter – and you don’t want to burn your lovely face, so a comfortably warm temperature is perfect.
Unless you have seriously oily or dry skin, a gentle cleanser is fine to use, but it is best to look for the ingredients, as every product is different.
Cleansers with glycolic or salicylic acid are considered best for most skin types and give the best clean without being too harsh.
If you have oily skin, try something a little stronger. Those with dry skin should use something very mild. If you are struggling to find something that is right for you, asks your pharmacy’s beauty expert; many will have one on staff for such queries.
As well as cleaning your skin, massaging the face with a small circular motion helps circulation of both blood and oxygen, giving your skin a healthy glow.
Models swear by this as a deep cleansing technique, as do professionals in skincare.
When using the circular motion, start at the forehead and work your way down to the chin and neck. Focus on the T-Zone, or wherever you have any acne.
Get in there
When you’re washing your face, sometimes you might forget parts like the nooks on either side of the nose, or right up at the hairline. These are hotspots for pimples to come up if you don’t remember to cleanse these.
Just when you thought we couldn’t get any more in depth, it is worth it to know that wiping your face dry can stretch the skin and cause wrinkles. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel for the best results.
Have heavy makeup, or been to the gym?
If you have put on a lot of makeup, it is best to wear it for the smallest amount of time possible to keep your skin free of blemishes. Before you wash your face normally, go over your face with a makeup remover towelette to take away most of it beforehand.
If you’ve worked up a sweat at the gym, wash your face as soon as you can to get that sweat out of your pores. They have showers at the gym, so utilize them to wash your face straight after your workout to keep your skin clean.