The 5 Rules of Face Washing
Let's call it Face Washing 101. It may seem like a no-brainer, but are you washing your face properly? Maybe not.
Today, we're sharing how to wash your face the correct way.
1. Before you even think of touching your face, wash your hands.
So many of us overlook this step, but it is crucial. If you just wet your hands and apply cleanser, you will be rubbing bacteria and dirt onto your skin. By doing so, your pores may become clogged and breakouts may occur. Wash your hands thoroughly and then apply your facial care.
2. Avoid using hot water for facial cleansing.
Hot water is harmful to the skin. Hot water disrupts the natural moisture balance of the skin, causing dehydration, inflammation, and redness. Hot water also increased blood circulation and can lead to itching, peeling, and skin rashes. Lukewarm water is best. If your skin is red after applying water, the temperature is too hot.
3. Use a sulfate free facial cleanser.
Using a sulfate free face wash is important to overall skin health. Sulfates are harsh surfactants (similar to those found in dishwashing soap or laundry detergent) that strip moisture from the skin. Bar soaps and cleansers with sulfates also tend to have a pH that is too high for your skin. A facial cleanser with gentle and natural plant-based surfactants is best.
4. Don't forget your neck!
Be honest. Do you apply your skin care products to your neck? No? It is time to start. Skin care should not stop at the bottom of your chin. The skin on your neck is one of the first areas to show the signs of aging. Think about it -- have you seen anyone with a gorgeous, healthy looking complexion only to notice that the skin on their neck is dry and looks so much older? It happens all the time. Apply facial cleanser to the neck too.
5. After cleansing, do not rub your skin with a towel.
Never, ever rub your skin with a towel. This applies to your body after showering too. Pat your skin dry instead. Why? The rubbing motion can cause irritation and dryness to the outer layer of the skin. Treat your skin with respect and gently pat it dry. While we are talking about towels, always use a clean towel on your face. I don't like making extra laundry for myself. Trust me, I get it. However, when you pat your skin with a towel that has already been used, you are introducing your skin to bacteria.
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