Throughout the day, oil, dead skin cells, dirt, and other debris build up on your face. Even if these materials are not visible to the naked eye, they can clog pores and cause numerous facial skin problems. That is why washing your face should be part of your daily routine.
The question most guys ask now is, “How often should you wash your face?”
Dermatologists generally recommend washing your face at least once, and at most twice, a day. Preferably, do it once in the morning before starting your day and again at night before you end it. This should be enough to clean your face without drying it out or causing irritation.
Additionally, experts also recommend that you wash your face immediately after any heavy sweating. Perspiration can also irritate the skin, especially when wearing either a helmet or a hat.
When it comes to face washing, the good old splash-and-dash method simply is not enough to remove all that grime and bacteria on your skin. Unfortunately, the soap that you use on your body is not something that you should be using on your face, too. Therein comes the importance of finding a cleanser made with substances that are geared specifically for your skin type.
In general, try looking for a gentle or mild facial cleanser. A non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol should help remove dirt, grime, and other debris while keeping your face free from irritation.
For most skin types, the oil cleansing method is an excellent way of naturally cleaning your skin. Its combination of natural oils is an excellent and natural skin cleanser, making it perfect for all skin types, even those with acne.
A cleansing milk or cream is perfect for those with dry skin, while a gel cleanser works best for those with either normal or combination skin. If you suffer from acne, cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid can help, as well. Their antibacterial qualities are effective ways to treat acne.
Check your local stores. Most of the time, these products are labeled with the skin type they were made for. Also, ask your girlfriend or your sister. You’ll be amazed at how much they can go on and on about this stuff.
Step 3: Wash Your Hands
Learning how to wash your hands is the third step in learning how to wash your face. Since you will be using your hands to clean your face, it is important to clean them first.
Having dirty hands when washing your face means that you will be rubbing all that dirt directly on your skin. This might cause more harm than good.
Start your face washing routine by thoroughly washing your hands. Use a mild soap to remove all that dirt and residue.
Step 4: Use Lukewarm Water
A splash of cold water can definitely wake you up, but it is not the most recommended option for face washing.
Exposing your skin to water that is either too hot or too cold shocks your system and stresses out your skin. It can also irritate your skin and dry it out, making it harder to replenish later.
Stay away from extremes when washing your face. Use lukewarm water. After washing, you can quickly splash some cold water to help close your pores before drying your face.
Step 5: Work Your Product
After wetting your face with lukewarm water, you should begin working your cleanser.
Start by applying a small amount of the cleanser on the palm of your hand. A nickel-sized amount should be enough. Using less cleanser is a lot more practical. The mistake that most people make is using too much product, thinking that it will improve the effectiveness of the cleanser.
Afterwards, spread the product across your hands and work it into a lather. This should help activate the product, improving its effectiveness. It will also help cover more areas of your face, allowing you to evenly distribute the suds.
After working your cleanser into a lather, you can now apply it to your face.
Use your fingertips to spread it evenly across your face. Remember that the point of washing is to eliminate dirt, grime, bacteria, and foreign debris. So, make sure to get it across all areas of your face. Apply the cleanser up to your hairline and down to your chin. Make sure to clean even under your jaw and behind your ears.
As much as possible, try to avoid using anything other than your hands when washing your face. While some recommend using a washcloth or a mesh sponge, cleaning your face with anything other than your fingertips may be harmful to the skin.
Step 7: Take It Easy
While a lot of men believe that scrubbing harder means that you can remove dirt and oil more efficiently, this is actually not true. Knowing how to wash your face is about more than just knowing the right products to use and how often to use them. A big part of it is knowing how to wash your face properly.
Once you have spread the product evenly, rub it in gently using circular motions. Make sure not to push and pull the skin. Be careful not to get any of the product into your eyes.
Exfoliating properly with the right scrub can help remove dead skin cells that do not shed naturally. It keeps your skin looking brighter and your pores clearer. Plus, it also helps your other grooming products work better. Exfoliating also prepares your face for shaving. It softens the hair and skin, helping you have a smoother shave with less nicks and irritation.
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Additionally, wash your face last, especially when showering. This helps remove any shampoo or conditioner residue that may have been left behind.
Step 8: Rinse Thoroughly
Knowing how to rinse is just as important as knowing how to wash your face. A lot of people take time to wash but rush the process of rinsing which is equally important.
To avoid acne and breakouts, make sure to remove all of the cleanser. Check your hair and your jawline as these are often overlooked.
Additionally, use water that is similar in temperature with the one you used to wet your face.
Step 9: Dry Face
Once you have rinsed the cleanser off your face, dry it with a clean and soft towel.
Do not rub your skin with the towel, especially if you have acne. Instead, gently pat it until it is dry to avoid irritating the skin.
Step 10: Moisturize
The final step of any facial skin care routine is to moisturize. Moisturizers help keep your face hydrated by nourishing and protecting your skin.
When applying moisturizer, make sure to be gentle as well. Similar to face washing, do this in small, circular motions.
Be gentle, avoid pulling at the skin, and avoid getting it into your eyes. If you use anti-aging creams or eye creams, apply them first before the moisturizer.
Style By Hector shows us how he washes his face:
The old school belief that skincare is for sissies is no more, gents. Real men know how to take care of their skin. That is the simple truth. This guide should help you keep your skin at its best.
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