I don't know about everyone else, but no one ever sat me down and said "these are the steps to washing your face". It took me until I was in my mid-twenties to figure it out. Was my skin oily? Dry? Combination? WTF is Combination anyway? WHY ARE THERE SO MANY FACE WASHES?! I was clueless and confused.
Couple that with a skin condition that creates inverted acne and you've got one messed up case of adult acne. It took years of trial and error to figure out what I was doing and why it was working. To figure out what to do and not to do, naturally, to clear up my skin.
For those who are just as confused, unsure, and bombarded by skincare crazes on the internet (remember those peel-your-peachfuzz-off charcoal masks?), here is a simple 7 Step guide, with some of my favorite tools, to washing your face. So, girl, go WASH YOUR FACE!
7 Step Guide to Washing Your Face (The Right Way)
WASH. YOUR. HANDS. No one ever told me this. I would walk in, from a long day, and immediately start touching my very finicky face. Always use clean hands and clean tools (washcloths, brushes, etc.).
Remove your makeup! You can use a makeup remover of your choice, like easy-to-use, inexpensive cloths likes these e.l.f. Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths.
You can also use gentle oils, like jojoba, to help remove makeup. Be sure to use a very small amount. I love to use jojoba on a cotton pad, in a circular motion to loosen the makeup on my face, then wipe it off with a second dry cotton pad. This is the jojoba brand that I use. It comes with a perfect dropper for easy application. A little really goes a long way.
Open those pores, baby. Turn on your water, use water that is slightly hotter than lukewarm to wet your washcloth, wring it out, and lay it over your face. Take care to cover your jawline. Opening your pores will help you better be able to clean your face. Once your washcloth begins to cool, feel free to remove it and move onto Step 4.
Scrub your face. Not actually. Scrubbing furiously is damaging. Don't do it. Gently wash your face in a circular motion. Using any one of my whipped soaps or bar soaps are perfect options to keep the extra chemicals out of your pores...and your body. I love, love, love using my EcoTools Gentle Pore Cleansing Brush. It's sturdy, easy to clean, fits my hand well, and is super budget friendly at around $6. I use small circular motions over my face for 60 seconds.
Rinse off, gently. You can use another clean washcloth or you can use your clean hands. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Close those pores. You've spent all of this time caring for your skin. You have done so well. Great job! You don't want to contaminate your fabulously fresh face, so use a gentle, chemical free, astringent on a fresh cotton pad. Witch Hazel has been my favorite. I love to use Dickinson's, but you can pick up a bottle of any brand at your local dollar store.
MOISTURIZE. Seriously. Remember that jojoba oil from earlier? It's not only a great cleanser but a perfect moisturizer. It's lightweight and is as similar to your skins natural oil as it gets. Please, whatever you do, don't use coconut oil. It is known to cause clogged pores and is incredibly thick. It doesn't allow your skin to properly breathe.
You did it! You've cleaned your face properly for the first time! Okay, well, maybe not your first time, but close enough! Now, don't touch your squeaky clean face., go have a cup of coffee (or tea) and relax. You are on the right track to a better, healthier face.
- Wash your facial tools, like brushes, at least once a week. Use a gentle soap (like our whipped soap!) to clean and air dry it.
- Exfoliating your face should only be done 2 times a week or so. Exfoliate after washing your face (hello Whipped Sugar Scrub). Still, be gentle. You want to remove dead skin cells, not your skin itself.
- Do not use astringent on your eyelids or near your eyes. That ish burns.
- Using a charcoal based soap is a great way to help draw out nasty things like blackheads, daily dirt, etc. while gently exfoliating. Our Charcoal Detox bar is gentle enough to use every day and is perfect for those tough adult-acne faces.
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