Washing your face may seem simple: you put soap and water together, work it around on your face then towel off . . . right?
Wrong! There’s actually the right way to clean your skin. Always make sure your face is clean, toned, and moisturized before you put on makeup or get into bed, since your skin rejuvenates naturally when you sleep.
Though it may sound like a lot of work, we make it simple and easy for you.
Remove your make up properly. A great deal of makeups contains minerals, which make them hard to get off. The best thing to do is start with a face wipe to get the top layers. Follow it with soaked cotton pad with makeup remover, then hold the cotton pad against your skin for about 20 seconds, applying gentle pressure. Use a downward motion to gently wipe off makeup, then turn the cotton pad over and use the clean side to wipe your skin with an upward stroke. You can also use soft cotton with light baby oil to dissolve makeup and dirt.
Wash your face with cool to room temperature water and a facial cleanser for your skin types. Hot water is drying and damaging– heat strips the skin of its natural oils. Wet your face with water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin — using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin. After washing, dab your face with a towel—don’t rub. It will stretch your skin and lead to wrinkles.
Once you have clean skin, it is time to apply the facial toner. The best way to apply it is using a cotton pad. Take a cotton pad, soak it in toner and apply it around your face, focusing on problem areas.
The final step—don’t forget to moisturize! Take a quarter-sized amount of cream and apply on your face. Start at the cheeks before spreading cream to the forehead, chin and neck. Remember to keep it light-handed and move in upward strokes. Be even gentler around the eye area. If you’re putting on makeup afterwards, wait a few minutes so the cream can sink in.
The right facial cleansing doesn’t need to be a song and dance. Follow these suggestions can make a big difference in how you take care of your skin and an even a bigger difference in how your skin takes care of you.
Towels are a breeding ground for bacteria. If you are prone to breakouts or have sensitive skin, using a towel [to dry] your face can spread the bacteria and make things worse.
On using skincare products for the first time: try patch testing new products on your forearm. You never know if you’re allergic to one magic ingredient.