How To Clean Your Face Properly

The Face Cleansing Tips You Need

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There's nothing worse than getting out of the shower and feeling like your face is not clean despite using your facial cleanser. It's a bummer getting ready to put on your foundation in the morning and noticing that your pores look clogged and dirty. If only cleaning your face could be as simple as grabbing your facial cleanser and taking 30 seconds to slosh it around your face.

Washing your face does not need to be complicated.

Here are some tips to make sure you're getting the most out of your facial cleanser and some extra steps you might want to consider in order to really make sure your face is clean.

Use Makeup Remover

Your facial cleanser just won't get rid of all your eye makeup, and you'll be left looking like a raccoon if you do not take the time to properly remove all your makeup around your eyes. Using an eye makeup remover, either liquid on a cotton ball or a wipe, is the best way to get rid of all your eye makeup. Start on the top of your lids and wipe down over your lashes, then clean up the makeup on the skin under your eyes. Be sure to be gentle. The skin in the eye area is quite delicate and easily prone to damage. We recommend Neutrogena Cleansing Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover (on Amazon.com).

If you use foundation or a BB cream during the day, not to mention blush, highlighter, or concealer, you need to remove all that makeup before cleansing your face.

Just washing your face once at night isn't enough to both remove makeup, dirt, and pollution that gets stuck to your face during the day and clean your skin thoroughly. You need to do what is called a double cleanse. This is an essential skin care routine step in order to make sure your skin is really clean.

First, use a makeup remover and then wash your face with a facial cleanser. We recommend Estee Lauder Take It Away Total Makeup Remover (on Amazon.com). 

Pick the Right Facial Cleanser for Your Skin Type 

You should be spending a full minute cleaning your face. This isn't a skin care step to cut corners with. If your skin is oily to combination (oily some places, dry in others), use a foaming cleanser that bubbles up. If your skin is more normal to dry, a moisturizing cleanser is your best bet. We highly recommend using a wash cloth or muslin cloth to clean your face as it will help slough off dead skin cells while you cleanse. If you want to try something out of the ordinary, try cleaning your skin with cleansing oil. The oil, oddly enough, breaks down the oil on your skin leaving your skin clean, soft, and fresh. People who use cleansing oils swear by them. We recommend Shea Terra Argan Rosemary Facial Cleansing Oil (on Amazon.com). 

Exfoliation is Key (Key!) to a Smooth, Clean Face

If you want smooth skin, healthy, and glowing skin, you must exfoliate regularly. When you exfoliate on a regular basis your skin is healthier, brighter, and all your other skin care products work better, since they can penetrate better into the skin.

Always exfoliate after you cleanse your skin, and use an exfoliator made specifically for the face and for your skin type. Remember not to go overboard when it comes to exfoliation. Too much and your skin can become red and irritated. You can exfoliate in the shower with a manual exfoliator or after your shower with a chemical exfoliating wipe that contains AHA's to slough dead skin cells evenly. Check out the Alpha Hydrox Aha Swipes (on Amazon.com). If you are acne prone, consider using a cleanser with salicylic acid to breakdown excess oil and keep your pores clear.

Do You Need a Toner After You Cleanse?

Toners aren't for everyone, and you'll rarely find us using one on our normal skin, but if you have oily skin, a toner is a great way to get rid of any excess oil and help mattify your skin before makeup application.

Apply the toner to a cotton ball and gently wipe over your skin. Pay careful attention to the area around your nose which is an area often overlooked but can be very shiny. Toners can also be a great way to boost skin hydration if you have very dry skin. We recommend Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner (on Amazon.com) for oily skin or Murad Hydrating Toner for dry skin.

Never Go to Bed With A Dirty Face 

If you do not cleanse your face at night your skin will become irritated and actually age faster. Though we recommend washing your face in the morning as well, many people prefer to skip that step. But not washing your face at night is simply irresponsible. If you do only one thing for your skin let it be washing your face before bed.

After a long day, your face has makeup, dirt and grime on it; the last thing you want to do is leave it there for another 8 hours. And if you do, this makes morning cleansing so much harder to do. If you don't want to have an intensive bedtime routine, simply use a facial cleansing cloth to clean your face. We recommend Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths (on Amazon.com).

Updated by Hanah Tetro