The right way to wash your face isn’t actually hard, it is about more than just soap and water. As you no doubt know, skin care is cumulative. There’s no one single trick that will transform your skin overnight; instead, the condition of your skin is determined by how you treat it, day in and day out, over the span of months and years.
Don’t do! Skin-Care Crimes
Going to bed without washing your face can lead to congested pores and acne breakouts. Makeup, sebum and environmental impurities like pollution can settle into your pores, making them appear larger and causing blackheads, Add a little bit of bacteria to this face sludge, and you get inflammation and an infection – a good old-fashioned zit.
You certainly knew that not washing your face can cause pimples, but I’m about to drop another bomb: It can also accelerate aging.
Why “Double Cleanse”?
Cleansing and cleansing thoroughly are two very different things. Splashing water on your face and rubbing it with a towel is not cleansing at all.
So hear me out! If a double cleanse sounds like one too many, think about it this way: If you’re going to spend time and attention putting your face on in the morning, doesn’t it deserve the same care to remove it at night? If you truly want to get all that gunk off your face, a double cleanse is the way to do it. Here’s how:
1. Remove Your Eye and Lip Makeup
If you don’t wear eye makeup, you’ll skip this step, but eye and lip makeup are the most stubborn to remove, so they’re the top priority. If I’m wearing more eye makeup than usual, or especially if I’m wearing waterproof mascara, I’ll soak a cotton round with makeup remover, then place it on one closed eye and let it sit there for a good ten to fifteen seconds. If you use cotton swabs, hold the soaked swab in place for a few seconds at a time as you work your way around your eyes.
2. The Oil Cleanser
Oil cleansers aren’t bad, they’re just misunderstood! In Western skin care, we’re often taught to shy away from anything with the word “oil” in it for fear of clogged pores and acne. The reality is, though, that oil cleansers can actually be a godsend for oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin.
Not a morning or night goes by when I don’t use an oil-based cleanser (I take oil cleansing cloths with me when I travel). In the morning, you’re not using an oil cleanser to remove makeup, but you still want to get rid of all the sebum and sweat that built up overnight, as well as any leftover nighttime skin-care products.
3. A Face Massage
While you’re cleansing and your fingers are able to slip and slide with ease, you can add in a minute or two of facial self-massage and take the benefits of washing your face even deeper. Massaging your face promotes blood circulation and can contribute to a healthier glow, not to mention that it just feels good.
The deeper levels of your skin contain tiny blood vessels, but the top layer contains none at all, so when you give your face a massage, you’re helping to give that tiny bit of circulation a little boost.
Starting just underneath your cheekbones, use the knuckles of your first two fingers (with your hands in fists) and work out and slightly up from there. Press as firmly as what feels good to you, since the oil will keep the pressure from pulling your skin.
Then, still using your knuckles, trace them up the sides of your nose to the top of your forehead, then down along the perimeter of your face. Finally, use the pads of your fingers to lightly massage under your eyes, as this can help drain puffiness. Start at the bridge of your nose and move out to your temples. When you’re done, wash the oil off with warm water, then pat your face dry.
4. The Water-Based Cleanser
After you’ve washed with your oil cleanser, follow with a water-based one to banish any sweat, dirt, or water-based debris that’s still hanging around.
For this step, you can use a gel or foam cleanser – whatever you prefer and feels best on your skin. When you’re using a water-based cleanser, it doesn’t matter what temperature the water is, and here’s a secret: A cleanser that foams isn’t necessarily any better than one that doesn’t. Foaming doesn’t increase a cleanser’s effectiveness or provide any extra benefits. Beauty companies just make cleansers foam to give people what they want: bubbles, lots and lots of bubbles.
5. Use a Toner every time after you cleanse your skin.
Now that you’ve done the double cleanse, it’s time to break out the toner so you can, cleanse again?! Yes, but hear me out!
You’ll want to use toner as part of your morning and night routine. Think of toner as prep school for your pores: It gives them a head start for what comes next and will help your skin absorb your skin-care products. Picture your skin as a dried-up sponge. If you try to put a heavy cream on it, a brittle, dry sponge won’t accept it—it isn’t “prepped” for moisture. But if you wet the sponge, the cream will sink in more easily. That’s exactly why toners are a great addition to your skin-care routine.
Source: Charlotte Cho’s Book – “The Little Book of Skin Care”