Improper skin washing can cause skin problems and lead to premature aging, especially to the sensitive skin of the face. Many times the ingredients in our cleansing products cause more damage than good. Surfactants and fragrances in soaps and cleansers can irritate skin and strip it of oils and natural moisture, and using hot or cold water can also harm skin. Especially as we age and our skin becomes thinner and more delicate, it is important to wash our faces and skin properly.
How to Wash Your Face: Top 10 Tips for Healthier Skin Cleansing
1. Choose Your Cleanser Carefully
Don’t use soap on your face and be careful which cleansers you use. Look for a gentle cleanser that’s designed for your specific skin type. Keep in mind over-the-counter cleansers use cheaper ingredients, some of which will actually dry and irritate your skin.
2. Avoid Over-washing
Unless you have been swimming, sweating heavily, eating spaghetti or wearing makeup, your face my not need to be washed more than once in the morning and once at night. Over-washing can irritate the skin and strip it of oils.
3. Remove Makeup as Soon as You Get Home or Avoid Wearing Makeup
While it is important not to over-wash, it is also important to remove makeup as soon as you can. The sales pitches about “healthy makeup” are a myth. Makeup contains chemicals and ingredients which irritate skin and block pores. If you cannot go without your foundation, remove your makeup as soon as you get home.
4. Use Clean, Non-Textured Washcloths or Avoid Washcloths Entirely
Textured washcloths can be too aggressive on skin and can harbor bacteria. It is better to remove any makeup with a gently makeup remover and bypass washcloths entirely, but if you must use a washcloth, chose a soft, non-textured, clean cloth. Pulling and tugging the skin with a washcloth can lead to damaged, loser, and/or wrinkled skin.
5. Use Your Fingertips to Clean
Instead of scrubbing with a washcloth, It is preferable to use the fingertips to apply cleanser in gentle, circular movements and avoid rubbing.
6. Avoid Harsh Exfoliants
While crushed apricot pits, ground prune pits and other hard particles may be all the rage in exfoliants, they may actually irritate and even cause small tears to the skin. In addition, some of the other ingredients in over-the-counter exfoliants can be irritating to the skin.
7. Wash and Rinse with Lukewarm Water
Using hot water can damage your skin. The same is true of cold water. Contrary to what you may have heard, cold water does not shrink or close pores and can irritate the skin instead. Use tepid, lukewarm water for washing and rinsing.
8. Use Clean, Non-Textured Towels
The same rule applies to towels as to washcloths. Avoid the textured ones and always use a clean towel. Gently pat your skin dry without rubbing or scrubbing.
9. Avoid Antibacterial Soap
The Antibacterial soap that is so popular now may kill some germs, but it is also harsh on the hands. When using an antibacterial soap, use it on the palms and underside of the fingers, but avoid using it on the more delicate skin on top if possible, and never use it on your face.
10. Follow with a Moisturizer and Sunscreen
The final step in cleansing your face and hands should be protecting your skin from environmental damage. Follow your face cleansing and hand washing immediately with a good protective moisturizer and sunscreen. This should be applied before any makeup. I recommend Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Revitalising Hydration Skin Cream