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How to Wash Your Face Properly

So many of us have gotten into the routine of absentmindedly washing our faces each morning and night, but are we really taking into consideration a few tiny tricks that can make all the difference in a more effective wash? As any esthetician will say, one major component of a deep and effective cleanse is including some type of massage. It's important to stimulate your lymph system to get much-needed oxygen and blood circulating in your face. Also, be sure that you are using the correct cleanser for your skin type, and try to avoid bar soaps at all costs — they can really dry out your skin.

The goal of face washing is to unclog pores and to dissolve dirt and makeup and to remove excess oils. You may not realize that this is also a great opportunity to slough off dead skin cells by exfoliating.

Lastly, have you considered the route you take? Start washing your face at your forehead, and work your way to your nose, then outward to your cheeks and eventually down to your face and neck. A proper face wash is a really simple way to maintain the health of your skin.

Find out an easy four-step process with tips on how to wash your face

  • Step 1: Begin by washing your hands. (You don't want all of the grease, grime, and germs from your hands on your face, do you?) And, if you have on any eye makeup, remove it before you begin to cleanse.
  • Step 2: Wet your face completely with tepid water. Anything too hot will shock the skin and could even burst capillaries, resulting in those sensitive red marks usually found around the nose and cheeks. Next, squeeze a dime-sized amount of cleanser onto your fingertips, and rub them together. Use your fingertips to massage the cleanser into your skin (anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute) in small and gentle circular motions.
  • Step 3: One of the best ways to ensure that dirt and makeup are removed is by using a muslin cloth when you rinse. In addition, if you gently scrub in small circles, the cloth also acts as a light exfoliant! Also, don't forget to rinse your hairline, your neck, and the nooks on either side of your nose.
  • Step 4: Finish by splashing your face two to three times with cool water (not freezing cold — again, you don't want to shock your face) to close your pores, and then pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
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Dont-worry Dont-worry 5 years
This is actually aloud of shit. This is not how you cleanse your face propperly. if your going to publish something then make sure it a good version not aload of crap. Go to a salon and look how they done it then start to make an article you douche bag.
missparticular missparticular 8 years
this site is wonderful i m tellin ya! i juss washed my face properly and my break outs are almost gone now i use olay daily face wash hey! i am looking beautiful now great site thanks bella. you are right number 39. its true....
missparticular missparticular 8 years
thsi site is wonderful i m tellin ya! i juss washed my face properly and my break outs are almost gone now i use olay daily face wash hey! i am looking beautiful now great site thanks bella. you are right number 39. its true....
luckielarue luckielarue 9 years
I have used Cetaphill for over 10 years. Does not dry my skin like other products. Used to get sore pimples before and now I seldom have a blimish..maybe one a year--if that
northernstar northernstar 9 years
I wash my face in a similar way except I use Shu Uemura face wash oil first. It takes off all the makeup and doesn't dry out the skin. It comes in a big (about 15 oz) bottle and costs around $60. It lasts forever too.
sugarginger sugarginger 9 years
thank you for the tips. that'd help
Trendy-Wendy Trendy-Wendy 9 years
It's all about using the wash cloth/muslin!
suheilly13 suheilly13 9 years
Cleaning your face properly really does prevent break outs.
Azúcar-Morena Azúcar-Morena 9 years
Sounds easy enough. xx-Morena
Skin-Diva Skin-Diva 9 years
Make sure to use a clean cloth everytime you cleanse. Bacteria can collect on damp towels.
Daisies Daisies 9 years
I use baby washclothes too! Essential for getting sunscreen off at the end of the day.
afaugot0636 afaugot0636 9 years
I really like this tip!
naomi_x naomi_x 9 years
Thanks! =]
wendyannlee wendyannlee 9 years
I agree with Renees3 -- am 58 years old and have not touched my face with anything -- cleanser, toner, moisturizer, eye cream -- for the last 2 months -- even in this cold Chicago winter. However, do not wear any makeup, so that has a lot to do with it, and my face feels fine to the touch -- not tight at all. But, if and when I do wear makeup, I use a mousse cleanser at night to wash the makeup, then Clinique mild soap, w/their toner following, then a moisturizer. But only when I wear makeup.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
One thing that works great for me is washing my face last in the shower. The hot steam from the shower softens the skin and opens the pores, and after washing, my skin feels much cleaner and fresher, looks much clearer, and seems to absorb moisturizer much better. One steam treatment a day (that doesn't take any extra time out of the day anyway) can't hurt, right?
Florence Florence 9 years
Baby Wash Cloth in the baby section of Target or any store will work to substitute Muslin Cloth.
peachesncre4ms peachesncre4ms 9 years
what cleanser do u recommend for normal type skin??? and where do i get muslin cloth?
potterlove potterlove 9 years
Wow, thank you Bella!!! I really need this! :D
shopping42 shopping42 9 years
just be gentle-not tugging or pulling
ohvogueee ohvogueee 9 years
actually pores don't open and close since they're not a muscle. When you splash cold water on them, it just slows down the pores producing oil.
pirateyzaclover pirateyzaclover 9 years
good tips!
smileysmg smileysmg 9 years
wow, thanks for this information.
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