May 26, 2014

Forget The Ads On TV! Here's How To Really Wash Your Face...

You might think that washing your face is a no-brainer, but you’d actually be surprised!
I’ve seen many clients over the years who I could tell were breaking out and/or had dry skin largely because they didn’t cleanse their faces properly. 

Many people will avoid the periphery of their faces, like the hairline and jawline, because they don’t want to get their hair wet. Other times, they skip washing altogether in favor of splashing their faces with plain water, especially in the morning.  On the other end of the spectrum are those who use an apricot scrub instead of cleanser, along with the people who use two-in-one cleanser-scrubs, but rub at their faces so vigorously that they may as well just use sandpaper.

Here are some basic instructions for the best cleansed face you can have. It’ll go a long way to clearing up your skin, making it glow and even making it a little less dry (which is a big part of my method for clearing adult acne).

1. Choose a cleanser that doesn’t need a ton of rinsing to remove, yet also doesn’t make you feel like you’re dying for moisturizer after you rinse and dry off.

2. Wet hands first, then splash your face with water in order to prevent the schmutz on your face from scratching your skin (kind of like a pre-rinse when washing your car).  One of my cleansers, however, has an exception to this, especially in the morning when you don't have makeup on, because it has pore purifiers and cleansers that actually start their job before water is added.

3. Apply a small amount of cleanser to your palm, add a little water, rub hands together just a tiny bit to distribute, and then apply to the face using gentle circular motions with your entire hands (including your palms). Be thorough and wash up to the hairline. (Using just the pads of your fingers may look nice on TV but it wastes time and doesn't allow cleanser to get everywhere that you need it to go, especially if you're using a non-foaming cleanser.)

4. If it's the one time in the week that you're using an exfoliating scrub, wash your face with your regular cleanser first, rinse without drying off, and then use your scrub with gentle circular motions.  If you're experiencing inflamed breakouts, scrub is very much a no-no.  An exfoliating mask with Salicylic Acid and fruit enzymes is a much better choice.

5. Rinse very well, using either tepid or slightly cool water. Never use very hot or very cold water! Both of these extreme temperatures are dehydrating. Pat your face dry and follow immediately with your hydrating toner (a must for every skin type!) and the rest of your skincare routine.

A word about splashing your face with water: If you absolutely have to splash your face with water instead of washing, first you should know that you’ll actually have better skin if you wash twice a day. If you’re going to do with splashing your face anyway, you must attach a water filter to your sink. There’s so much chlorine in our water that splashing with plain water can actually lead to tremendous dryness and dehydration. You can either use a water filter from the store, like Britta or Pur, or use a specialized filter that attaches to your sink and one for your shower head, too, which you can find online.

If you have any questions or would like a completely personalized skin care consultation, please fill out my Eval By Email® Online Skincare Consultation form designed specially for adult acne sufferers aged Gen-X to Baby Boom.

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