In doing research for my recent post on a good morning skincare regimen, I came across a tutorial from the American Academy of Dermatology explaining “Face washing 101.” I had never before thought twice about the technique of washing my face, but turns out there’s actually a correct way to go about your daily facial cleanse! The following is a short and pretty cheesy video from the AAD about what you should and shouldn’t do:
Face Washing Tips:
If you’re like me and don’t love watching videos (other than cute animal ones), here’s the breakdown from the AAD and yours truly:
- Use a mild gentle cleanser that doesn’t dry out your face. Avoid ingredients like isopropyl alcohol, antibacterial, deodorant soaps, or retinoids unless you have acne.
- Dampen your face with lukewarm water (not hot!) and use the tips of your fingers to massage the cleaner into your face. Your fingertips apply the perfect amount of pressure; stay away from using anything else to scrub the face that can irritate your skin.
- Pat dry with a soft towel. Again, don’t scrub your face, just dab at it. Skin is more sensitive than you think!
- Apply moisturizer. Use night cream at night and a moisturizer/sunscreen (SPF > 30!) in the morning. When you use eye cream at night, dermatologists recommend using your 4th finger for application because that exerts the least amount of pressure out of your functional fingers (I mean, the pinky is pretty useless).
- Wash your face twice a day and after sweating. This is probably the most controversial bullet because a lot of people (dermatologists included) recommend foregoing the morning wash since it will just unnecessarily dry out your skin. As I mention in my morning routine post, whether or not I wash my face in the AM depends on the products I used the night before. If it’s something thick or medicated, I wash my face; otherwise, I just splash some water on. Definitely wash your face after sweating though, because you don’t want to your pores to get clogged up with oil leading to breakouts. This means wash your pretty face after you hit the gym or anytime you wear a hat or visor.
Did you know there was a specific way to wash your face? Any special techniques you employ? Please share below in the comments!