The amount of times you wash your face may be less important than HOW you do it. It may also be the difference between glowing skin and an attack of acne.
While many believe if you don’t put on makeup or workout you don’t need to wash your face twice a day. Be warned. No matter your skin type or condition, a nighttime cleansing routine is paramount. It’s highly recommended you wash your face twice a day.
Ready for a clean start? Follow these do’s and don’ts.
Do: Properly remove all your makeup first
Use a gentle makeup remover to get the job done before you start actually cleansing — especially before bed.
Don’t: Bust out the generic bar soap
Unless they’re specially formulated for the face, bar soaps can alter the pH balance of the skin (which allows for more bacteria and yeast growth). No surprise: Facial cleansers, especially cleansing balms, are made for delicate skin.
Do: Use lukewarm water
Let’s dispel a myth: Pores aren’t doors. Hot water doesn’t open them, and cold water doesn’t shut them.
The truth is water temperature extremes can cause irritation so it’s best to stick to a middle ground. You don’t want to see flushed skin in your reflection when you look up.
Don’t: Go straight for the washcloth
Scrubbing can strip the skin of its natural protective barrier. The best way to clean skin is using fingertips, at least a minute or two.
Do: Pat dry with a soft towel
Time to rethink that air-dry. Leaving water dripping on your face doesn’t hydrate it; in fact, when the water evaporates, it could lead to dryness. Remember to pat gently with a soft, antimicrobial towel, being extremely cautious around the sensitive under-eye area, after you’re done.
Don’t: Stop at your chin
Your jawline and neck are prone to dirt and debris buildup.
Do: Use the recommended amount
If you’re wondering why your cleanser isn’t working as promised (or as praised), check how much you’re using. For splurge cleansers, there might be temptation to use less than recommended in order to extend use or save money. Don’t! When in doubt, read the label to find the recommended amount. Products often go through trials and tests to find the most effective (and safe) amount for general use.
Don’t: Over exfoliate
Your skin has a natural barrier that protects it and helps it retain moisture. While using a scrub or cleanser with beads might feel soft on day one, scrub too hard or using these products daily can damage the most outer layer of skin.
Do: Finish with a toner
Although not technically a step in face washing, many often miss the importance of what comes after: rebalancing your skin.
Don’t: Miss moisturizing
In addition to toning, make sure you’re helping your skin stay moisturized. If your skin continuously feels dry after washing, investigate switching cleansers. Opt for a mild cleanser or oil-based cleanser.
Make sure you’re also taking care of your skin with facials and peels designed for your skin type. At DermDox Dermatology will offer a wide array of services perfect for all types.
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