Are you sure you are washing your face the right way?

Are you sure you are washing your face the right way?

Washing your face is something we do every day. Yet many of us have absolutely no clue how to do it correctly. Should I do it while having a shower? Let's find out!

If you want to have radiant skin, you should start by washing your face the right way. By dedicating just a few minutes a day to your skin will make a world of difference.

Many people tend to wash their faces while having a shower.

Well, this innocent habit could be harming your face. Let’s face it: it is super convenient to wash your face while you have a shower. But it turns out that you are exposing your skin to tooter temperatures for a long period and the extra heat can cause irritation and damage your sensitive skin.

There is also another factor we should take into account: bathroom bacteria. Some people believe that washing your face in the shower might expose your skin to the airborne bacteria in your bathroom.

Some people believe that washing your face in the shower might expose your skin to the airborne bacteria in your bathroom.

Now, don’t go running remove your face cleanser from your shower. Hold your horses! We asked experts what they thought about it.

The risks of washing your face in the shower

The problem lays in hot water dehydrating the skin, and dilating sensitive blood vessels in the skin and eventually burst blood vessels and the bacteria can increase the risk of infection –but there is no real scientific evidence to support these claims. In fact, washing your face in the shower can actually aid facial cleansing –the steam from showers softens the content of the pores and you can cleanse your skin more effectively.

There is no truth to the idea that washing your face in the shower can cause acne, but it could potentially trigger rosacea. Spending too much time in the shower can dilate cutaneous blood vessels and exacerbate rosacea.

The bottom-line

Hot water won’t damage your skin, cause acne or any other problem –if you are moderate. Use warm water, not boiling water. What you do have to make sure you do is to cleanse your face for a healthy skin. cleansing removes dirt, makeup and pollution that can cause damage. The morning cleanse is optional –if you don’t have oily skin–, but at night it is crucial.

5 tips to wash your face the right way:

1. Always use lukewarm water

Wash your face with lukewarm or cool water. Not cold, not hot. This will revitalize your face in a matter of seconds and remove impurities. Washing your face in the shower may not be the best option as the water tends to be way hotter than recommended for the skin. Cleanse thoroughly BEFORE you hit the shower!

2. Remove makeup before cleansing your face

If you use makeup, the first thing you should do is remove eye and lip makeup with an oil-based cleanser and then face makeup with cleansing milk or oil if you use foundation and concealer. Only then should you proceed with washing. Do so by massaging the cleanser gently for about a minute, then rinse. This step is important to remove any sunscreen and foundation and gently stimulate lymphatic drainage. 

Removing makeup with a muslin cloth also works as a gentle exfoliation.

Wash your face with lukewarm or cool water. Not cold, not hot.

3. Use a face towel

The towel that you use to dry your face cannot be the same that you use to dry your hands or your body. Bacteria or products you use for the rest of the body may remain on the towel and this will cause irritation on your face or even breakouts. That's why those cute tiny face towels exist in the first place. Make sure you wash yours every couple of days and always dry it well to keep bacteria at bay. 

4. Change the frequency of washing according to your skin type

The face should be washed morning and night if you have oily skin, and doing it only at night is enough for normal to dry skin. This way, you will not affect the pH of your skin. If you just love cleansing in the morning, use gentle and natural products or simply splash with water. 

After cleansing your face, it's good to use a mist or a toner to balance out the PH, especially if you live somewhere where water is hard. 

5. Prep your face for serums and creams 

After cleansing your face, it's good to use a mist or a toner to balance out the PH, especially if you live somewhere where water is hard. One of the most effective natural toners is rosewater. Just moisten a cotton ball with rose water and apply it to the face with small touches. Then use your serum or night cream of choice. Make sure you do not do face massage using serums, just face oils or moisturizers. When massaged in, serums can cause irritation, since they contain many actives. 

Once a week, opt for just cleansing and toning (no creams or serums), and let your skin rest.

Tina Reese

Tina is an award-winning columnist and beauty editor. Passionate about all aspects of makeup and skincare, she spends her days trying out new launches and researching the ever-changing world of beauty trends. Follow Tina’s articles and you’ll always stay updated on who’s who and what’s what of the beauty industry.+ info

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