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.
Proper makeup removal: First, make sure that you’ve removed all your makeup properly. Using a cleanser to remove makeup doesn’t count as cleansing – after makeup removal, you still need to cleanse again. Your skin is clean of makeup, but not clean of all the other things – oil, grime, dirt, pollution from the day.
Warm water only: The water you wash your face with should not be 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.
Proper application: 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 45 seconds, longer if you can manage. (It’s said that 2 minutes is the recommended for all the ingredients to soak in properly.)
Double cleanse: If you were wearing sunscreen or heavy foundations, I’d recommend applying another layer of cleanser. As I mentioned earlier about makeup removal, the first time you cleanse will only remove makeup and products sitting on top of your skin, whereas the second cleanse is to actually cleanse your skin throughly. When in doubt, double cleanse!
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!