face washingWash your face or WASH your face?

This is something I’ve been taking for granted, but is so important. When my friends were having trouble skin, I always asked them: “Do you wash your face?” I realise now, that the better question is; “How do you wash your face?”

I had a friend who got a pimple smack bang in the middle of his face every month. Yes, he washed his face twice a day with a non-comedogenic face wash, but what failed him was his technique. He hastily washed his face, forgetting about the middle of it and leaving a clump of dirt right down the middle of his nose. We all know the technique; throwing water onto your face and using your whole hand to hastily rub the face wash in.

Below is a small how-to on washing your face and believe me, these extra 30 seconds have changed my skin.

How to get the most out of your face wash:

1. Choose the correct face wash.

Find what works for you and stick to it. Once it stops working, move on. For example, if through your teen years you used a Tea Tree oil face wash for acne, but your skin is now dry and pimple-free, it’s time for a change.

2. Wash twice a day with WARM water.

Warm water will open up your pores and allow for more thorough cleaning. I always find that my face feels cleaner when I’ve washed it in the shower because of all the hot steam opening my pores.

3. Watch your technique.

Apply the face wash to your fingertips and in small circular motions thoroughly wash your face for 30s to 1 minute. Yes, one WHOLE minute.

4. Rinse with cool water.

Once you’re done, using cold water with close your pores and prevent dirt from immediately entering your pores.

5. Tone + Moisturize immediately.

I only moisturize and I do it while still in the bathroom so that my pores are still slightly open and can absorb more of the product. If you have oily skin, always tone to remove excess moisture and restore PH balance.

I’m so guilty of doing all of these incorrectly. Recently I’ve started doing all of these and my skin has been softer than it ever was, without the need for masks, peels or serums.