HOW TO CLEANSE YOUR FACE PROPERLY
HOW TO APPLY CLEANSERS
Tie your hair back away from your face. Dampen your skin with lukewarm water.
Apply a coin-sized amount of your chosen cleanser, work between your hands and apply to face.
Massage into your skin, including your neck.
Rinse with lukewarm water, or remove with our Muslin Cloth.
Use a cotton pad to apply your chosen toner to dry, cleansed skin.
WHICH FACE CLEANSERS BEST FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
For oily skin: People with oily skin do well with a gel based or "soapy" cleanser. This will help clean out pores and strip away excess oil.
For dry skin: People with dry skin should look for a creamy, soothing and moisturizing cleanser. Look for cleansers that contain glycerin and hylauronic acid because these ingredients draw water to the surface of the skin.
For combination skin: Wash your face with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser that does not leave skin feeling tight or dry. Most combination skin types do well with gel-based or mildly foaming cleansers.
For sensitive skin: Glycerin is a key ingredient to look for in cleansers for sensitive skin. Glycerin improves and protects skin by filling up the inter-cellular matrix and also helps in building an even skin structure
HOW MANY TIMES A DAY SHOULD YOU CLEANSE YOUR FACE?
If you have sensitive/reactive skin…
There is an upside to having skin that's prone to irritation and dryness: you only need to wash once a day. That's because over-washing can aggravate the skin by stripping it of its natural, protective oils. In the morning, a splash of water alone will set you up for the day ahead, followed by your normal regimen of toning and moisturizing. Your once-a-day comes at night, when it's best to eject your skin of impurities. In your p.m. cleanse, make sure you are using a skin type-specific cleanser (in this case, usually a gentle milky cleanser) to prevent a flare up.
If you have normal/oily skin…
You are a two-a-day type. Oils build up overnight and therefore a morning cleanse is necessary to clean the slate. The oils and pollutants will rebuild during the day, making your night cleanse as crucial to your skin's survival. You are also a good candidate for regular exfoliation, whether it is with a mild daily one or a more penetrating weekly one.
If you exercise during the day…
Whichever camp you fit into, it's always a must to cleanse after vigorous exercise – the kind that produces sweat beads. Sweat left to seep into the skin will block pores, potentially causing breakouts and blackheads. If you don't have these issues, you certainly don't want to introduce them just because you were too lazy to give your face a wash in the locker room. Always remember to keep a clean towel on hand for drying – use a dirty towel and you risk exacerbating any pre-existing skin conditions (or giving yourself one that never existed before).
If you're wearing make-up…
Wherever your skin sits on the spectrum of very oily to very sensitive, one thing's for sure: wearing make-up requires a double cleanse at night. The first cleanse takes off the make-up, the second actually cleanses the skin. If you're seeing any make-up residue when you wipe your face on your towel, you're not cleansing as thoroughly or effectively as you should be.