Washing your face
There is something that most of us do every day, and that’s washing our face. Google search had many, many different ideas on how to wash your face. Below are three on the first page of a Google search.
American Academy of Dermatology
- Use lukewarm water to wet your face
- Apply cleanser to your fingers
- Use something, other than your fingers to rub in the cleanser (but don’t scrub)
- Rinse with lukewarm water
- Use a soft towel to pat dry
- Wash at night and if possible twice a day
- Don’t forget to remove your makeup first with a makeup remover
- Wash your face, if possible, twice, with two difference face cleansers
- Use warm to cool water
- If possible, consider using an automated cleanser
- Wash your fast with a cream cleanser (lukewarm water)
- Apply toner with a cotton ball
- Apply a serum, only need to use one or two pumps for your entire face
- Apply a moisturizer (which you can combine with your serum if you want)
- Apply an eye cream
The consistent theme in all three websites is the focus of washing with cool to lukewarm water (not hot). The hot water tends to dry out your face. The American Academy of Dermatology seems to have a more focus on treating you’re the skin on your face gently. Words like “don’t scrub,” “use a soft towel to pay dry” emphasize how gentle the skin is on our face. You don’t have to scrub hard or dry hard to get a good clean. It would be bel similar to washing a car with a soft sponge or an abrasive sponge. While the abrasive sponge would get the dirt off the car well, it can cause other problems, like scratching. The problem is that we can’t see the damage right away that a rough clean does on our face so treat your facial skin gently!
Elle appears to give the most extensive cleaning recommendation with recommending twice a day, two face washes (one right after another with two different cleaners) and then possibly using an automated cleanser instead of a towel or other applicator. This focus seems to be on an “extra clean” but is it possibly risking minor damage to the skin?
Instyle’s recommendations don’t spend much time at all in the cleaning process but do put a focus on the repair process as well. While I do believe it’s a good idea to repair your skin, not sure I would it include in answering the question “The 5 Steps to Correctly Washing Your Face” which is the title of their article.
So my overall recommendation to answering the question “How to wash your face” is to be kind to your face. The damage done while washing your face incorrectly may not be obvious at the time but could have long-term facts.