One of the greatest skin rituals you can do for clear, beautiful skin is to thoroughly cleanse your face, morning and night.
And though it seems simple enough – slap on some soap, then rinse off with water – there are some tricks and tips to making the most out of your cleanser and to learn how to really cleanse your skin properly.
First, make sure that you’ve removed all your makeup properly, and that the water you wash your face with is not too hot or too cold. Cold water makes your skin more prone to broken capillaries, and hot water… well, you know what hot water could do. Luke warm water is the best.
Lather up your cleanser in your palms, and start by applying the cleanser to your face in gentle, upward circular motions. Start at the center of your face, nose outwards to your cheeks, then proceed to your t-zone, chin, and then another round all over your face. Allow the cleanser to be left on for at least 30 seconds (I once read an article that said 2 minutes is the recommended for all the ingredients to soak in properly, but that’s a bit long). I think 30 seconds to a minute is best.
If you have oily skin, apply another layer of cleanser, or if you have any oily areas and cleanse just that area one more time. (This is recommended for the warmer times of the year or if you live in a hot climate, though. If you’re in a cold climate and you over cleanse when it’s not needed you may dry out your skin too much.) (And if you don’t know what your skin type it, check out my post How to Find Your Skin Type to find out.)
Lastly, allow water to run over your face and gently rub off your cleanser, massaging your face at the same time. After, take a few pieces of face tissue and pat your face dry – don’t rub your face because it’s too harsh for the skin.
Et voila, apply your moisturizer and your skincare regime is done.