How To Cleanse Your Face Like A Pro
You may be thinking, what do you mean, cleanse my face like a pro? How difficult can it be to wash my face, isn't it pretty straightforward? Well, there is a way to cleanse your skin correctly, and no, this doesn't include using bar soap and water unless you want to mess up your skins PH balance, which allows for more bacteria and yeast growth, leading to skin irritations and breakouts.
Properly removing makeup and other grime your skin has been exposed to is a difference between healthy, glowing skin and aging, dry, acne-prone skin. So, if you are ready for a clean start, continue reading!
Know Your Skin Type
Like with all skincare products, one size does not fit all. Hence, to become a cleansing pro, the first step is to select a suitable cleanser for your skin type. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, etc. there is a product for you.
- Foaming Cleansers- A light foaming cleanser is excellent at removing makeup, cleansing the skin while leaving your skin soft and refreshed. Skin Type: Combination, oily skin, even acne-prone
- Gel Cleansers- A good gel cleanser it usually light and hydrating. It is excellent at removing your makeup while moisturizing your skin. Skin Type: All skin types
- Gel To Bubble- These tend to be drying. While we do not want to use the word soap, this type's consistency appears to look like liquid soap and bubbles like one. Skin Type: Oily Skin
- Cream Based Cleansers-This is moisturizer and cleanser in one. Skin Type: Normal, dry, and sensitive skin.
- Cleansing Balms- These cleansers are perfect for nourishing and moisturizing the skin deeply. Skin Type: Normal, dry skin
Look At The Ingredients When Selecting A Facial Cleanser
The second step to becoming a pro at cleansing your face is that you want to look for products that are free of harsh fragrances and synthetic ingredients. Like sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient added to a face wash to make it foam. It is also added to floor cleaners and car degreasers. What?? Yes, not something you want to be on your skin as it can strip your complexion of its natural oils needed to protect. Instead, you want to look for EWG certified brands and for products containing antioxidants, skin-replenishing, and restoring ingredients.
Use Lukewarm Water When Washing Your Face
The best water temperature to be using when washing your face is to use warm water. Hot water can strip the skin of essential oils, leading to dry skin. Cold water doesn't effectively remove the grit and grime from your face.
Avoid Pulling And Tugging On The Skin When Washing The Face
You may not even realize that you could be pulling and tugging on your skin, and this, too, can lead to premature aging. When you wash your face, instead of aggressively scrubbing a cleanser into the skin, you want to be as gentle as possible. The correct way to wash your face is in an upward circular motion, rinse when finished, and if you're going to dry your face, avoid a washcloth. This takes us to our next tip, do not use a traditional washcloth.
Do Not Use Washcloths
Washcloths can harbor bacteria, which can irritate the skin and lead to premature aging. Also, a washcloth can provide extra exfoliation. It is better to leave that to a skincare product (or sonic cleansing device), or if you insist on using a washcloth, use a microfiber, antimicrobial towel. And when it comes to drying, airdrying is best, but if you must use something to dry off, do so by patting the skin.
Finish With A Toner
Although a toner is not a step in cleansing, it is excellent at removing any residue left from cleansing and is perfect for helping to prep your skin for anti-aging treatments and serums.
Looking for a toner, why not consider Ginjo's Wake-Up Toner. It is the secret weapon to healthy skin by unclogging and tightening your facial pores. It also helps to restore PH balance and leaves the skin glowing and smooth.
Bonus Tip- Double Cleanse
What the heck is double cleansing? Doubling cleansing is a method of doing just that, washing your face twice, and if you want to cleanse your face like a pro, you should be double cleansing. First, with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser, both suitable for your skin type. The benefit of this is that the first cleansing with break down any makeup, dirt, etc. from your face. Oil attracts oil, so this why you want to do this step first to remove any impurities that accumulate on your skin. The second cleansing will leave your skin soft and supple.