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Face Washing 101
Sara Causey, Rodan + Fields
Back to school routines are in place and now it’s time to work on resetting our skincare routine. Let’s talk face washing tips and myths.
First things first, before you can cleanse your face you need to remove your makeup. Many facial cleansers are unable to fully remove makeup, especially waterproof and long-wearing types. There are many makeup removing cloths on the market that work well.
Now that we have a makeup-free face, it’s time to cleanse. There are so many cleansers on the market that choosing one can be overwhelming so you just use soap. While soap is a great cleaner for your body, it doesn’t have the ingredients to protect the delicate skin on your face. Using a cleanser designed for your skincare needs will maintain your face’s delicate moisture balance, prevent potential irritation, and allow the other skincare products to be effectively absorbed. How do you know which cleanser to use?
Your cleanser should address your most important skincare concern. If you suffer from acne, choose a cleanser with a proven FDA-recognized ingredient that treats and controls acne, such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur. Skin that is dull or discolored needs an exfoliating cleanser that helps brighten its appearance. If your main skin concern is fine lines and enlarged pores, choose a cleanser that removes impurities from the pores and exfoliates without drying the skin. Those with sensitive skin should choose a cleanser that builds the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Now, let’s debunk some face washing myths!
MYTH: More is better with face washing
FACT: More is definitely not better when it comes to washing your face. You can damage the skin’s fragile moisture barrier by cleaning and scrubbing too much and create dryness, irritation, and flare-ups of certain skin conditions. Wash your face once or twice a day.
MYTH: Always use a washcloth to cleanse your face
FACT: The rough texture of washcloths can be too aggressive for the delicate skin on your face. Instead, apply your cleanser with your finger tips in gentle circular motions and then pat dry with a clean cloth.
MYTH: Wash your face with hot water and then splash with cold water to close your pores
FACT: Hot water strips the skin of its natural moisturizers. Pores are not little “trap doors” that open and close so cold water will not shrink the size of your pores. Use warm water to thoroughly rinse your face after cleansing.
MYTH: Lots of suds are necessary for clean skin
FACT: You don’t need tons of suds for clean skin. Sudsing surfactants can be too harsh and actually strip away the lipid barrier, making skin more susceptible to inflammation.
I hope you find these tips to be informative and helpful. Please check out my website for more information on Rodan + Fields products. All Apple and Pear Wardrobe subscribers receive $20 off your first Rodan + Fields purchase with me. Just mention this post!