10 Tips for Washing your Face

In our line of business, we see a lot of people with skin problems, and concerns most especially around their faces.  This invariably leads to the topic of face-washing.  How to, how often, what with, etc.

Here are 10 simple tips to washing your face.

1.  Don’t overdo it.
Washing your face excessively can prematurely age your skin, and actually be a cause of your dry or oily skin.  Our recommendation is to stick to twice a day, with an extra one after a workout as needed.

2.  Use a mild cleanser.

Avoid bodywashes and run-of-the-mill commercial soaps which can strip your skin of its natural oils and cause irritation.  Look for castile soaps, preferably unfragranced or very mildly fragranced.  Most all handmade soaps will be appropriate if used lightly and you are not extremely sensitive.  The retained glycerin in handmade soaps is fantastic for cleaning without stripping.

3.  Exfoliate occasionally.

Exfoliating skincare products can dramatically improve the tone and texture of your skin, especially as we age.  The biggest things to watch for with exfoliating, especially on the face is to make sure you use a very gentle exfoliation over harsh scrubs.  Softer exfoliators can include chia seeds, poppy seeds, hemp seeds, ground chamomile, lavender or marigold.  We recommend exfoliating at night and no more than twice per week.

4.  Remove your makeup.

Makeup can clog your pores and dramatically affect the production of natural skin oils.  Fully removing your makeup daily is key to keeping your skin clean and clear.  You can remove makeup easily and thoroughly with natural makeup removers and cold creams.

5.  Use lukewarm water.

This is extremely important in the winter when the humidity is lowest and we enjoy heat the most.  Hot water can dry your skin by removing too much natural oil.  We recommend using cool to lukewarm water while washing your face.  (Do the rest of your body a favor by dropping that shower/bath a couple of degrees too).

6.  Use a clean, soft cloth.
If you use a cloth for washing your face, use a natural fiber cloth.  Cotton, bamboo and hemp are all fantastic material choices for face cloths.  The cleaner the cloth, the better!  Avoid using wash cloths for more than a few days in a row, and hang them to dry between uses.  Bacteria can grow on a wet/damp wash cloth so the more frequently you use a fresh cloth, the better your results will be.

7.  Rinse thoroughly.
When washing your face, make sure to rinse all makeup, oils and cleansers off your face.  Especially around the hair line, the sides of the nose and around your ears (areas often neglected).  Don’t negate the time you spend washing by skimping on rinsing.  

8.  Pat your face dry.
While rubbing your face with a towel can feel invigorating to your skin, it can also be very irritating and even damaging over time.  Your best course will be a fresh natural fiber towel and pat or blot your face dry.  Your skin will thank you for this.

9.  Moisturize after washing.
If moisturizing is a part of your normal routine (which we do recommend), apply the moisturizer immediately after blotting your face dry.  This will allow the bit of remaining water moisture on your skin to help absorb the moisturizer easier and better.

10.  Keep it simple.
There’s no reason to spend hundreds of dollars on multi-part serums and expensive equipment.  A simple handmade facial soap is the perfect place to start, followed by a sensitive skin moisturizer.  The easier the routine, the more likely you will follow it.  Of course you can add exfoliators and cold creams or makeup removers to the list but your most basic products are a soap & moisturizer.

With inspiration from:
Women's Health Magazine
Good Housekeeping