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By Reaghan Belfor
We know better than to use harsh exfoliates and abrasive astringents on our faces. However, it can be difficult to find the best products and techniques to take care of your skin without tearing into it.
Despite our best intentions when it comes to cleaning our faces or removing makeup, we still have issues with how our skin reacts to our products and techniques.
If you find yourself the type of girl who uses a bar of soap (even if it is a moisturizing soap), or the type of girl who doesn’t feel like her face is clean unless she scrubs until it is red, you need to check out these five tips and tricks to cleansing your face without destroying your skin.
#1) Pick the Right Product For Your Skin
Kiss those bars of soap goodbye, ladies! In order to avoid clogging up your pores and drying out your skin, it is time to be a little more involved in finding the right product for your face.
According to womenshealthmag.com, “The right cleanser should completely remove dirt, makeup, and grime, but not strip away too much of your skin’s natural oils or healthy cells.”
Find a cleanser that doesn’t irritate your skin. This may take a little bit of trial and error if you are new to the facial cleanser market.
#2) Wash Before Removing Make Up
A great little trick to removing all of your makeup without pulling at your skin too hard is to wash before you use a makeup removing towel. When you wash your face before you remove your makeup, the cleanser will loosen all of the dirt, oil and makeup from your pores before you wipe it clean.
Additionally, it is important to use makeup removing towels delicately on your skin. Avoid (to the best of your abilities) pulling, pressing, and harsh swipes. This is especially important around the eyes.
To ensure that you aren’t being too harsh on your skin with the makeup remover, run the towel under warm water. Next, dab the areas where there is excess makeup after the wash. This is a great way to avoid pulling at the eyes, which causes premature wrinkles.
#3) Rinse Well
While we all know the importance of rinsing soaps and cleansers from our face, it may be difficult to believe that the majority of us do not rinse nearly as well as we should when we are washing our faces.
According to womenshealthmag.com, “Skimping on rinsing leads to residue build-up, which can clog pores and dry out skin.” Remember, you don’t want pimples to pop up at inopportune moments, and dry, peeling skin can be a disaster when it comes to makeup application, so be sure to rinse as thoroughly as possible every time you wash your face.
There are some definite problem areas that many women seem to overlook when it comes to rinsing their faces after a cleanse. “The jawline, hairline, and nose are the most commonly neglected spots, so show them some love!”
Give every inch of your face the attention it deserves when it comes to cleaning and rinsing. When all is said and done, use a soft towel and pat your skin dry. It is important to avoid rubbing your face, because that can pull at your skin, causing sagging and wrinkles.
#4) Oil Washes
Many women (especially those of us with oily skin) tend to avoid oils and oil-based washes. However, there are certain types of oils that can actually help us reduce the oiliness of our skin while they clear up acne.
A great tip comes from womenshealthmag.com, stating: “Look for cleansing oil products with natural, plant-based oils, or you can even try a high-quality almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, or sunflower oil from the grocery store.” You can even create your own oil-based facial cleanser with these products in the grocery aisles.
As always, don’t over-do the oils. One to three pea-sized drops mixed in with a dime-sized dab of your normal cleanser can make a great difference when you are washing your face!
#5) Water Temperature
Many of us don’t really pay attention to the importance of water temperature. We set the water for the temperature that soothes us the most (whether it is hot water to help you relax after a long day at work, or cold water to help you wake up in the morning).
“While hot water may feel good on your skin, it can screw with your skin’s natural, protective oils and lead to over-drying or over production of sebum. Lukewarm water is the best bet to cleanse gently yet effectively.”
So, ditch the myth that hot water opens your pores, and cold water closes them. Avoid water that is too hot, because it is clearly an assault on your skin.
Using lukewarm water is the best bet for your face during any season!
Your face is your first impression. Every once in a while, it is good to get a little refresher course on how to cleanse our faces properly without doing any damage to our skin. Remember, find the right products for you, and wash before you use the makeup remover. Make sure you rinse sufficiently, and be sure to pat dry—avoid rubbing at all costs. Keep the temperature of the water just right, and never be afraid to use natural oils on your skin! What are some of the tips and tricks you’ve learned over the years cleansing your face? Share with us in the comments below!