From Eminence Organics Skin Care, published on AUGUST 21, 2018
If there’s one skin care sin we’ve all been guilty of, it’s this one: falling asleep with a full face of makeup. Besides the fact that you’ve probably ruined your bedding (tips for removing waterproof mascara from a silk pillowcase, anyone?), leaving a day’s worth of residue on your complexion can be a setback for your skin. Here ‘s our guide on how to wash your face properly and why you should cleanse your face in the first place.
Dos And Don’ts For Washing Your Face
Sure, it sounds simple to cleanse but, as the American Academy Of Dermatology Association says, “how you wash your face can make a difference in your appearance.” Here are tips from Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alicia Hawthorne on how to cleanse your face effectively.
Check Your Hands
It sounds like a no-brainer, but don’t forget to wash your hands before touching your face. Dr. Jeannette Graf, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center tells StyleCaster, “I’m constantly amazed at how many people skip this step.” After all, according to the University of Colorado, we carry a shocking number of bacteria on our hands: 3200 from 150 different species. Ensuring that you have clean hands (and clean face cloths) is the first step for an effective cleansing process.
Test Your Water Temperature
After you’re prepped with squeaky clean hands, make sure that you use the right temperature of water. Don’t use hot water since “exposing the skin to different extremes can actually cause irritation, excess dryness, break skin tissue and rupture blood vessels.” Just like hot showers strip the oily protective layer all over and cause dehydration, using hot water when cleansing the face will dry out the complexion and cause damage. Do use lukewarm water so your skin stays hydrated and unaffected.
Once you’ve washed your face thoroughly (don’t forget the neck!), you’re ready to dry off. Alicia reminds us to be gentle with the skin: “Make sure you don’t rub your face vigorously when you’re drying off.” Rubbing can cause irritation and gradually reduce elasticity in your skin. Instead, pat skin dry gently with a clean towel to finish off the cleansing process.
In addition to washing your face, you’ll want to boost your cleansing routine a few times a week by exfoliating. We recommend adding in a couple of shakes of Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant to your favorite Eminence Organics cleanser to remove dead skin cells from the surface of our skin. Or, for a two-in-one routine, try one of of our exfoliating cleansers like Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser, Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser or Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser.
Wash Twice Daily
In the morning, cleansing the face helps your morning skin care products absorb. Even if you’re not wearing makeup, it’s important to wash your face morning and night. Washing up at night means that you’re removing impurities that have accumulated through the day, which can clog your pores and cause inflammation in the skin tissue. In the morning, cleansing the face helps your morning skin care products absorb.