If there’s one skin care sin we’ve all been guilty of, it’s this one: falling asleep with a full face of makeup. Besides the fact that you’ve probably ruined your bedding (tips for removing waterproof mascara from a silk pillowcase, anyone?), leaving a day’s worth of residue on your complexion can be a setback for your skin. Here 's our guide on how to wash your face properly and why you should cleanse your face in the first place.
Dos and don’ts for washing your face
Sure, it sounds simple to cleanse but, as the American Academy Of Dermatology Association says, “how you wash your face can make a difference in your appearance.” Here are tips from Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alicia Hawthorne on how to cleanse your face effectively.
Check your hands
It sounds like a no-brainer, but don’t forget to wash your hands before touching your face. Dr. Jeannette Graf, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center tells StyleCaster, “I’m constantly amazed at how many people skip this step.” After all, according to the University of Colorado, we carry a shocking number of bacteria on our hands: 3200 from 150 different species. Ensuring that you have clean hands (and clean face cloths) is the first step for an effective cleansing process.
Test your water temperature
After you’re prepped with squeaky clean hands, make sure that you use the right temperature of water. Don’t use hot water since “exposing the skin to different extremes can actually cause irritation, excess dryness, break skin tissue and rupture blood vessels.” Just like hot showers strip the oily protective layer all over and cause dehydration, using hot water when cleansing the face will dry out the complexion and cause damage. Do use lukewarm water so your skin stays hydrated and unaffected.
Once you’ve washed your face thoroughly (don’t forget the neck!), you’re ready to dry off. Alicia reminds us to be gentle with the skin: “Make sure you don’t rub your face vigorously when you’re drying off.” Rubbing can cause irritation and gradually reduce elasticity in your skin. Instead, pat skin dry gently with a clean towel to finish off the cleansing process.
In addition to washing your face, you’ll want to boost your cleansing routine a few times a week by exfoliating. We recommend adding in a couple of shakes of Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant to your favorite Eminence Organics cleanser to remove dead skin cells from the surface of our skin. Or, for a two-in-one routine, try one of of our exfoliating cleansers like Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser, Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser or Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser.
Wash twice daily
Even if you’re not wearing makeup, it’s important to wash your face morning and night. Washing up at night means that you’re removing impurities that have accumulated through the day, which can clog your pores and cause inflammation in the skin tissue. In the morning, cleansing the face helps your morning skin care products absorb.
What happens if you don’t wash your face
Need more persuasion on the importance of face-washing? Cast your mind back to the “caveman regimen” skin care trend, the short-lived fad which involved washing your face like a caveman, i.e., not at all. Quickly debunked by dermatologists, they explained that an anti-washing skin care routine causes a wide variety of issues. For all skin types, the failure to remove impurities on a regular basis means that residue builds up on your face. Not only do makeup and pollutants stay on the skin, but oil, sweat, microbes and dead skin cells hang around as well. Dr. Sejal Shah, a dermatologist in New York, details the dire consequences of leaving residue on the skin: "This buildup can potentially clog the pores resulting in dry, irritated skin, and even acne.” For those with oily skin, lack of washing leads to greater oil production and more breakouts. Dry skin types are also vulnerable to issues, with the complexion becoming drier and duller due to buildup.
Which Cleanser Is Right For You?
When you’re committed to keeping your complexion clean, you’ll want to explore the right cleanser for you, including oil cleansers, gel cleansers, and cream cleansers.
This type of cleanser is suitable for all skin types, cleansing the complexion effectively, especially in a double cleansing routine. Massage an oil cleanser into skin with a circular motion and rinse thoroughly. An oil cleanser lifts away impurities and excess oil, removing makeup, even around the eye area. If you are using a double cleansing method, you can follow with any other type of cleanser to wash away the last traces of dirt and debris. Products like Stone Crop Cleansing Oil and the new Wildflower Cleansing Balm are perfect examples of oil cleansers that leave the face purified, as well as balanced and moisturized.
A gel cleanser, like the best selling Stone Crop Gel Wash, is a delightful choice for cleansing the skin without stripping it dry. Mix a pea-sized amount with water for a rich lather that removes dirt and debris, massage into skin in a circular motion and rinse or remove with a damp cloth. A versatile gel cleanser will leave your skin feeling clean, clear and smooth.
Cream cleansers, like our award-winning Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser, focus on hydrating while washing away impurities gently. After massaging a small amount in a circular motion and rinsing away, your skin will feel cleansed and replenished.
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