Are you washing your face the right way?
Your complexion is not the same as everyone else’s. That’s because your complexion is the result of your unique choices and characteristics including: where you live, what you do during your day, the products you use on your skin, your unique skin problems, and how oily or dry your skin is.
All these factors determine how you, and only you, should wash your face. The most common mistakes I see people making when it comes to their face washing routines are:
- Picking the wrong cleanser for their skin type
- Using the wrong water temperature
- Not washing product, dirt and oil off twice a day
- Using cleansers with unnecessary allergens and irritants
- Forgetting to exfoliate
So, how do you cleanse your face correctly so that your complexion is healthy and looks its best?
#1 Pick the right cleanser for your skin type.
Is your cleanser too harsh for your skin type? Or, is it not strong enough to remove your natural build-up of skin oil, product residue, or daily dirt and grime? It’s important that your cleanser fully cleans your skin, but does not irritate your skin. Some of the best cleansing products I use to build Complete Skin Care routines for my patients include:
Facial cleansers matched for oily and acne prone skin: Oily and acne prone skin needs a cleanser that lifts dirt and oil off skin with a foaming agent. There are many good choices including liquid and bar skin cleansers. Naturally made soaps will also foam, especially when used with softened water. Some of my favorite choices include:
Oily and acne prone facial skin also benefits from a second skin-toning cleansing step to remove any residual oil and debris. One super simple option is to use a natural skin toner like witch hazel. Our new Hydrating Rose Toner contains organic witch hazel plus other ingredients to soothe and clean your skin. Our patients battling acne or clogged pores often choose our Acne Treatment Pads for their skin toning, because they contain salicylic acid and glycolic acid to penetrate oily pores and loosen clogged dead cells and debris.
Facial cleansers matched for normal, dry, or sensitive skin: Normal or sensitive skin may or may not need a foaming cleanser to remove the day’s products, oil and debris. In my practice, our favorite gentle skin cleanser is Toleriane Cleanser. Naturally made or hypoallergenic soaps like the Naturally Best Bar Soap and Vanicream Cleansing Bar are good alternatives that are capable of cleani
ng skin gently. If you want a second cleaning treatment then go with the Hydrating Rose Toner as dry and sensitive skin complexions tolerate this product well.