Like many people, you probably think that you’ve always known how to wash my face. It’s not that hard – you pick a face wash that works with your skin, lather up and rinse off. Of course, we’ve all picked up tips over the years to alter or enhance my cleansing rituals, but it’s still pretty straightforward.
However, there’s a little more to washing your face than you thought. It’s time to face the facts: You may not actually know how to do it. And that’s okay. Here are the surprising face washing facts I learned that might help your skincare regimen, too.
Washing your face should be a two-step process
At the end of the day when you have a full face of makeup, you might assume you can just lather up and you’re good to go to sleep. As it turns out, the best way to cleanse your skin is to remove your makeup, then wash.
This is because the cleanser you use may or may not remove concealer or foundation completely – especially those with sunscreen, which is designed to have staying power. It also usually doesn’t take care of waterproof eyeshadow and mascara. For the cleanest skin, use makeup remover first, then suds up.
Exfoliating scrubs are not usually necessary
I’ve read hundreds of times how important it is to exfoliate to get your skin glowing, but as it turns out, you don’t necessarily need one of those grainy scrubs. A cleanser with salicylic or glycolic acid is actually more effective than a scrub, and gentler on your skin. Such products offer the same anti-aging benefits and prevent breakouts. Still, sometimes a little abrasion is what you need to slough away lots of dead skin, but maybe not every day.
You don’t necessarily need to wash your face twice a day
If you’ve ever read the “directions” on a bottle of face wash, you know how they usually recommend washing twice a day with the product. This may or may not be what is best for your skin. Just like many brands recommend using their entire line of products “for best results,” this instruction may be more in the interest of sales than your skin.
If your skin is acne-prone or super-oily, washing twice a day is probably a good idea for you. If not, you risk irritating your face and drying out your skin.