Washing the face daily should form a daily habit if you want a flawless, smooth and baby soft skin. Washing/ properly cleansing the face is a sure way to keep acne and any form of blemishes at bay. Note that washing the face doesn’t necessarily indicate deeply cleansing it! To get ‘clean’ skin, washing the face with soap isn’t enough as deep cleansers and toners should also be used to rid the skin completely of dirt, grime and other forms of dead skin which, if left, can accumulate and result in lackluster, blemished and acne prone skin.
Start off face cleaning by removing makeup! Before washing the face, make sure to take the makeup off first with wipes. This way, deep cleansing is possible. This is necessary because some/most makeup are waterproof and washing casually may not take off the entire product or leave them blocking pores.
Here’s a simple step-by-step guide for washing the face correctly:
- Pack Hair Away From the Face
The first thing to do before removing makeup is to get hair out of the way. For weave or any form of long hair, pack away from the face so it doesn’t get in the way. (Hair should be packed away from the face as much as possible to avoid breakouts, irritations and more on the delicate facial skin).
- Remove Every Makeup Product.
This is usually done with cleansing pads or baby wipes. They help remove products to allow soap/gel penetrate the skin to remove what’s left of the makeup on the face.
3. Wash Hands Properly
Before proceeding to use soap on the face at this stage, first wash both hands, making sure they are clean so germs are not transferred to the face.
4. Splash Water on the Face, Cleanse/Wash
According to preferences (lukewarm, cold water) splash water on the face to work up the lather from whatever cleanser (soap, foamy cleanser etc) to be used on the face. Work up lather in short secular motions; never rub the delicate skin on the face too hard!
5. Rinse Face
Rinse off cleansing product with water. It’s best to finish off washing the face with cold water to close the pores.
6. Pat Face Dry
Pat the face dry (gently) with soft towel or leave to air dry.
7. Use a Toner
Toners are used on thoroughly cleansed skin to soothe and refresh as well as help restore the skin to its original Ph.
After all the above, the skin should be nourished using non-comedogenic moisturizer which helps the skin.
Note that it’s important to moisturize the skin often even on oily skin types-the trick is to choose the best moisturizer for the varying skin type.
Written by Obiajunwa Ugochi
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