The Right Way to Cleanse Your Skin

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Woman cleansing skin

You’re probably thinking, “I’m good, I already know how to wash my face.” While that’s definitely the case, there’s a difference between washing your face and cleansing it properly. The older we get, the more important it is to make sure we’re doing it the right way. Not only will you see a difference in how your skin looks, but you’ll feel a difference as well. With that said, let’s discuss some tips that can help you do some next level face cleansing.

Don’t Use Hot Water
As great as using hot water can feel to wash your face, it can actually dry out your skin, especially the more often you do it. As tempted as you may be to crank the knob up to a hot temp, use lukewarm water instead.

Pat, Don’t Pull
When you finish washing your face, do you pat it nicely with a towel or do you scrub it roughly instead? When you do the latter, you’re essentially irritating your skin by pushing and pulling it back and forth which isn’t good for your skin’s long term or short term future. You may even want to take your drying a step further by just letting your face air dry.

Don’t Over Wash Your Face
There are those who wash their face once a day only at night while others stick to the twice a day method; it all depends on skin type. However, note that over-washing your face could be a problem because you’re continuously stripping your skin of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy.

Woman getting a cleansing treatment

Do Double Cleansing
If you just wash your face with a cleanser, you may not be removing everything on your skin that needs to come off. Although doing double cleansing takes a little longer, it can have great benefits for your skin. It involves using a cleansing oil followed by a foaming cleanser. Not only may your skin look and feel better, but it can even help any products you apply after – such as moisturizer – to work even better because it’s being applied to a cleaner surface.

Choose Your Tools Wisely
When you wash your face, what do you use? Your hands, a washcloth, a facial cleansing brush, or something else entirely? One of the major tips to keep in mind when you’re cleansing your skin is to make sure you actually use a clean tool. For example, if you use your hands, wash them first, and if you’re using a washcloth, it shouldn’t be the same one you used the day before. If you’re not starting out with a clean tool, you’re just transferring dirt and germs back and forth.

Considering everyone’s skin is different, not everyone is going to use the same products and techniques, so what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. If you have any questions about how to properly cleanse your skin, don’t hesitate to contact your dermatologist to schedule an appointment for an evaluation and to ask any questions you have.

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