Washing your face is the most basic step for any skin care regimen. However, the simple details of this task can trip you up. In order to make the most out of your skin care routine, it is necessary to understand how to wash your face effectively. If you don't, the other steps of your skin care routine may be futile. The purpose of washing your face is to remove dirt and grime that may clog your pores. Cleansing also helps to remove dead skin. When your skin is clean your skin care products will penetrate your skin better. The team here at Dr. Bailey Skin Care wants to empower you with the correct information and the right skin care products to keep your complexions healthy and attractive. The first step is to reinforce the very foundation of your facial skin care routine which is your facial cleansing step.
Dr. Bailey's Steps to Wash Your Face Effectively
1. The Temperature of the WaterThe water temperature that you use to clean your skin is really important. When it's too cold it won't effectively remove oily grime and debris in clogged pores. Water that's too hot may remove too much skin oil leaving your skin overly dry and irritated. You want the water temperature to be just right, as Goldilocks would say. The "right" temperature for face washing is warm or tepid water. A warm temperature is sufficient to help unclog pores but preserve your skin's natural hydrating oils. To find this temperature, you may want to test the extremes of your water faucet and choose something that feels in between. Your hand should not want to pull away as if it is burned, but feel comfortable and pleasantly warm. If you are not using the right facial cleanser for your skin type, you may be exacerbating your skin problems. Dry skin types should avoid harsh cleansers, especially if they are designed to remove oils. Instead, find mild cleansers that combine both cleansing and moisturizing ingredients. You should also avoid foaming cleansers with sodium laurel sulfate that irritates the skin. For example, Toleriane is hypoallergenic cleanser without sodium laurel sulfate that contains glycerin to nourish your skin as well. Oily skin types need a stronger cleanser but still need to avoid overly harsh ingredients. Even though you want to remove the oil and grease from your skin, you still need some to prevent your skin from becoming irritated and over compensating with an excess production of oil. If you have combination skin, you may use multiple cleansers for the different parts of your face that are dry vs. oily. Glytone Mild Gel Wash is a great balance of utilizing powerful ingredients (glycolic acid) in lower concentrations to not irritate the skin and still effectively remove oils. For more tips on finding the right cleanser for your skin type, read Dr. Bailey's in depth skin care advice section in the links provided below.
- Dry Skin Cleanser Tips
- Oily Skin Cleanser Tips
- Sensitive Skin Cleanser Tips
- Other Skin Type Cleanser Tips