I bet I know what you’re thinking – ‘why the hell are you telling us how to wash our face?’.
Well, it turns out that most people wash their face incorrectly! I know, I was shocked to hear that as well but then I started taking note of how I washed my face and it turns out that I too am a statistic!
As a skincare bloggin’ babe I always considered myself to be pretty hip to the skincare times but alas, I have failed at washing my face. And chances are you have too, and if you haven’t, can you just go ahead and pretend you have so I don’t feel even more dumb? Thanks.
Back to face washing.
If you are curious as to the proper technique for washing your face, or just want to reassure yourself that you are in fact cleansing properly and that I am just late to the party, keep reading.
How To Wash Your Face, The Correct Way
When you are about to wash your face at night (yes, it has been said you should only wash your face at night), do you start by washing your hands?
I hadn’t up until now, in fact the thought didn’t even cross my mind, but if you think about it our hands are full of grease, germs and grime that we pick up throughout our day, and just because you give your hands a quick little rinse doesn’t mean they are clean.
So to begin the cleansing process, start by washing your hands. After your hands are nice and clean, follow up with removing any eye makeup you may have on.
Here is another point where I face palmed myself because I had never considered removing my eye makeup before washing my face, I always just assumed that my facial cleanser would do that for me…clearly I am one of the world’s worst face-washers.
However, because our eyes, and the skin around them, are some of the most delicate on our face you want to ensure that your eyes are free of residual makeup as you won’t be using your cleanser on your eye area.
Yeah, you heard me, just another face-washing-fact coming your way.
Alright, so now that you have clean hands and makeup-free eyes, start the cleansing process by splashing your face with warm water.
You don’t want to use hot water as it can shock your skin and possibly even cause some capillaries to burst which will leave your face with unsightly red marks.
Once your face is nice and wet, squeeze about a quarter-sized amount of your cleanser onto your fingertips and rub them together.
Notice that I didn’t say soap? That’s because bar soap can actually be quite terrible for your skin as it usually dries it out, therefore you will want to stay far away from any bar soap and stick to a facial cleanser that is made specifically for your skin type or condition.
Yes, there is a specific way you should cleanse your skin.
To begin the process start at your forehead, rubbing your cleanser into your skin in a soft, circular motion.
After your forehead, move down your nose, out towards your cheeks, then down to the rest of your face and even your neck, avoiding the eye area at all times.
So many of us tend to forget to wash our necks but a lot of junk and gunk can collect down there and possibly lead to breakouts.
And if you have ever had a neck pimple you know that they are just as unsightly, possibly even more, than facial breakouts.
To avoid this happening, cleanse your neck damnit.
Finally, before rinsing off make sure you have covered all the nooks and crannies on your face, including your hair line and either side of your nose.
Both areas are prone to sweat and oil, so you will want to be sure you have scrubbed away any of that excess dirt and oil before washing off.
When you have finished washing and massaging your cleanser into your skin, complete the process by splashing your face two or three times with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel.
Then simply follow up with your favourite moisturizer, remembering to moisturize your neck as well, et voila! A clean and clear face, free of oil, dirt, grime, grease, germs, dead skin cells, and other nasty s**t we don’t want living on our skin.
And to think I have been washing my face incorrectly for all these years! I would face palm myself again but I haven’t washed my hands.
So? What do you think? Am I the only one around these parts who has been washing my face poorly or are any of my skincare sistahs gonna fess up as well? Come onnnnnnn!
Finally, if you are now wanting to switch up the way you wash your face and want to kick things off with a fab new cleanser consider checking out our list of the best acne cleansers as well as our list of the best organic facial cleansers.
On either of those pages you should be able to find a cleansing system that works best on your skin, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg….or an eye and a nose, since we’re dealing with faces here. I amuse myself.
But what about you? Do you have any tips on how to wash your face the right way? Share them in the comment section below!