Washing your face may seem simple, but there actually is a proper way of doing so. The most important thing about washing your face is making sure it is cleaned, toned, and moisturized before you put on makeup or go to bed, since your skin rejuvenates naturally while you sleep. It may seem like a lot of work, but it is worth it in the end for healthy, glowing skin.
The Five Steps to Cleansing Your Face
Step 1: Wash your face with lukewarm water with a gel or cream cleanser. Warm water helps to lift the dirt out of your skin, but hot water can be too drying and cause irritation. Cream cleansers are more hydrating, but if you wear a lot of makeup, you might want to use a gel cleanser and/or a makeup remover instead. After washing, dab your face with a towel, don’t rub. It will stretch your skin and lead to wrinkles.
Step 2: Spreading toner on your face after cleansing is very important. This helps to remove any excess dirt or makeup build-up that was not washed away after cleansing the face. Take a cotton ball and dip it in the toner and swipe it all over your face and neck, focusing on problem areas. For example, if you have an oily t-zone, toner is a huge help. You don’t need a lot! A little goes a long way.
Step 3: Serum is like magic for your skin. There are some great high end serum products, but you don’t need to go all out when buying one. Using one or two pumps is beneficial for your whole face. This is also a great way to address any specific issues you have with your skin, because they make serums for everything: anti-aging, moisturizing, redness, etc.
Step 4: Never skip out on that moisturizer! Putting on moisturizer after your serum is key to achieving beautiful, hydrated skin. For night, pick a heavier moisturizer, but for day, make sure you choose one with SPF. Even if you will not be outside for the day, putting on a moisturizer with SPF in it protects your skin from anti-aging or any underlying UV rays.
Step 5: The last step-don’t forget your eye cream! The under eye area is the thinnest part of your skin, so it’s desperate for moisture. Massage or pat a pea-sized amount of eye cream under your eyes about half an inch under your brow bone. If you’re putting on makeup afterwards, wait a few minutes so the cream can sink in.
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