Skin care basics Part 1: How to Wash Your Face
I know what you're thinking...I KNOW how to wash my face, Amber. I add water to my cleanser, wipe it around a bit, and rinse.
Well, that's better than nothing, but it's not the BEST you could do.
And I know, we're starting super basic here...but the basics are where great skin is made.
To truly remove your makeup, the pollution and grime from the day, and any oil or bacteria on the skin, you need to wash your face for about 90 seconds.
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What? 90 Seconds?!
Yep, you read that right. Here's the scoop:
Add the amount of cleanser you need* to your fingertips
Add a bit of water to give it some slip.
Massage around your face in upward circles for 90 seconds. **
Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water***
Pat dry, do not scrub. ****
*if its a gel, it's about the size of a large pea, if its a cream, you'll need about a dime.
**If you cleanser starts to dry out or feels like its soaking into your skin add a bit more water.
***NO HOT WATER on your face. Hot water strips the skin of its natural protective barriers.
****Do not use the same towel to dry your face as you use for yours and everyone else's hands in your home. Designate a facial towel, and don't use them for more than a few days between washes.