Cleaning your skin seems like an easy, effortless task. All you need is a cleansing soap and a splash of water, right? There is more to skin cleansing than what you actually think.
The practice of washing your face may make or break your skin. This is the first step in getting your skin clean. If done properly, your skin will reap a heap of benefits. If done the wrong manner, your skin will suffer breakouts, oil buildup, sensitivity and premature signs of aging.
We will set out the guidelines straight and simple. These 7 cleansing practice rules will guide you how to clean your skin properly, which would help you nail your goal of healthy, glowing and supple skin. You will be surprised at the number of mistakes you are doing. It is time to correct them and follow what beauty experts say.
1. Keep Cleansing Simple
A cleanser should do its job, and that is to strip away excessive oils, dirt and make up. Cleansers are not miracle cures or anything like that. Your job is to find a cleanser formulated for your skin type and gentle on your skin. Anything too light will not do the job, and anything harsh will leave your skin dry and red. A gentle, pH balanced cleanser will take away dirt and make up on your skin but not its natural oils.
2. Obsession is not Necessary
There is no reason for you to wash your skin clean three times a day, or more. Unless prescribed by your dermatologist, limit cleansing your skin to twice a day- once in the morning and once before going to sleep. For an instance you stayed indoors all day and did not apply any make up on, it is perfectly okay to wash it once. Do not be so obsess in washing your face because excessive skin cleansing will only lead to overcompensation of the lost moisture, leading to higher production of oil than the normal. The rule of thumb is cleansing your skin from dirt, excessive oil, make up and sunscreen.
3. Use Lukewarm or Cold Water
The only difference between using lukewarm or cold water in washing your skin is the sensation. Benefits wise, they do the same thing to the skin. Just steer clear of hot water because it strips the natural moisture of the skin. Plus, there is always a chance of scalding your skin.
4. Less Exfoliation is Good
Exfoliating your skin definitely gives you plenty of benefits. The act of gentle scrubbing your skin increases blood circulation, which improves oxygenation. It also helps remove the dead skin cells piled on your skin that leaves the skin fresh and glowing. However, you have to limit exfoliation to once or twice a week, depending on the needs of your skin. Excessive exfoliation can lead to irritated and very dry skin.
5. Just Pat
Do you rub or wipe your skin dry after you wash it? If you do, you are not doing your skin a favor. Use a clean cloth or soft towel instead to pat your skin dry. This allows a thin film of water to remain on your skin, leaving it quite hydrated. Also, a damp skin allows your moisturizer to maximize its action, sealing the moisture right into the surface of your skin.
6. Alternate Your Cleansing Regimen
Your cleansing regimen should provide what your skin needs. The way you wash your skin during the season should be different on how you cleanse your skin on winter. The weather alters your skin type, so you must cleanse your skin accordingly. During winter, watch out for overwashing and overdrying because everyone’s skin has the tendency to dry out easily. Also, you can use a moisturizing cleanser during the winter season instead of your regular gentle cleanser.
7. Be Vigilant About Your Eyes
The skin around your eyes is sensitive, thin and delicate so handle it gently and carefully. When you wash your face, be extra gentle on your eye area. Harsh washing can damage the skin in the eye area, increasing its chance of premature aging.