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What you Need to Know About Washing Your Face

July 25, 2015

Washing your face doesn't seem complicated, rather it appears to be as simple as putting soap on your face and rinsing it with water. Although technically accurate, the details about washing ones face are just as important as the action itself. Keeping the skin on our face clean keeps the skin supple, youthful, and hydrated while helping to avoid acne, pimples, excess oil production and clogged pores. To keep the skin and pores clean you must use an appropriate cleanser and water of the right temperature.

Here are three rules to keeping your face clean, healthy, and beautiful.

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How often?

Regular skin cleansing is critical to maintaining healthy looking and feeling skin, that's why it is important to wash your face both morning and night. This doesn't mean just splashing water on your face either. However it's important to not overdue it. What I mean to say is avoid using too many cleansing or exfoliating products within the same face-washing session. For example, you use one product to take off your makeup, then another to wash your face then another too exfoliate your skin. Over-cleansing can remove the protective layer of skin that keeps it soft and can cause dryness, and redness. Skin should feel supple after rinsing, that is how you know you are doing it right. Exfoliation should be limited to twice a week.

The Cleanser

The beauty industry has expanded so much over the last century that it's hard to tell which facial cleanser is right for you. Don't let price, fancy ingredients, smell or amazing claims determine what you use to clean your face. All a facial cleanser has to do is clean your skin. Therefore it's best to choose a cleanser that best matches your skin type. If you have dry skin avoid charcoal and foaming cleansers. Acne prone skin should use a gel that contains salicylic acid.

Water Temperature

Lukewarm water is just right for cleansing your skin of dirt, oil and excess build up. If the water is too hot it can cause serious dryness. Too cold and your pores will close up, not allowing you to clean your pores.