Wash Your Face Properly and Effectively
1. Wear a cosmetic headband of some sort to pull your hair back completely. Chances are you will be able to cleanse your whole face including your hairline and jawline more effectively. You don’t want to neglect your hairline, jawline, and neck when washing your face. Especially, if you have acne around your jawline, neckline, or hairline, it is important to gently and thoroughly wash off all the dirt, hair product, makeup, and sunblock that has been sitting on your face through out the whole day.
2. Watch the water temperature. It is the best for your skin to use lukewarm water. Hot water can irritate and dry the skin out. Cold water cannot remove the excess dirt and oil on your skin as well. Think of it this way, when you accidentally burn the bottom of the pan or there is an empty bowl of hardened oatmeal residue, both are tough to remove. However, when attempting to scour the pan or bowl with warm water, it is much easier to remove the remains and get a spotless and clean result. Likewise, when cleansing your face, it is better to use warm water, and leave no trace of grime on your skin! Trust me, your face will feel more refreshed and squeaky clean!
3. Make sure to use the correct cleanser for you skin type. In order to do this, it is crucial to first understand what your skin type is. Is your skin acne-prone, dry, sensitive, oily, combination, dry and acne-prone, or sensitive and oily? Getting to know your skin type specifically, will help to better assess what your skin needs and does not need. There are usually five categories of skin types, from normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive skin. Sometimes your skin may fall into more than one of these categories. Regardless, the important fact is getting to know your skin in detail. If you have dry skin, you probably want to stay away from drying agents, like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or tea tree oil. If you have sensitive skin, stay away from harsh chemicals, perfume, or fragrances, which can cause irritation. Constantly checking the ingredients in your products, will help you to understand what benefits and hurts your skin. When you are not sure about an ingredient, it is best to look it up online to get some information on it. Usually, if I am not sure about an ingredient, I will look it up on a website, here. Now, when applying the right cleanser on your face, make sure to splash some water on your skin beforehand, so it is easier to apply the cleanser. It is usually more practical to wet your CLEAN hands, squeeze out a dime size amount of cleanser, and rub it in between your hands until you get some foam, and cleanse. Gently cleanse your face thoroughly and you are done!
4. After cleansing your face, try to pat your face with a small face towel (that has been washed with acne-free laundry detergent). Rubbing can irritate the skin and encourage flare ups of your current skin condition. Either way, whether you have beautiful skin or not, rubbing at anything too abrasively will only bring more damage to the surface. There is no harm in being gentle to your skin, your skin will be just as dry without too much towel action. I usually take my small towel and dab it around the edges of my face, like my hairlines, chin and jawline, which helps to absorb most of the dripping water and my face becomes damp. Afterwards, I apply my toner with a piece of cotton gauze, and I am all set for the rest of my regimen!
5. Follow up with your regimen directly after washing your face. Tone and moisturize while your face is still damp. The active ingredients in your toner and moisturizer will be more easily absorbed when they are applied after cleansing your face. Let your pores sink in all the goodies from the products for the best results! A good tip to remember is to use all the products in moderation. Overusing a product will not give you extra benefits. Your skin cannot absorb an overwhelming amount of product at once. It will just waste the product.
I apologize for skipping last weeks posts, I was away on a family vacation. But I will have an extra post next week! Thank you for understanding!