How To Cleanse Your Skin
Cleansing is one of the most important parts of your skin care regimen.
If you don’t cleanse your skin regularly waste and dirt will accumulate and it can block the pores and you will start to see acne, blackheads and have a dull and lifeless skin color. Yes, you can still get acne in your 70’s and 80’s.
Cleansing also stimulates the circulation of blood to the skin, which improves color and helps to moisturize.
Just like with the rest of your body blood brings nutrients to your skin and removes the waste and yucky stuff that can clog your skin’s pores.
The best way to cleanse your face to use a rinse off facial cleanser and forget about body soap. Body soap is not meant to be used on your face.
Cleansing also gives a healthy glow to the surface of the skin. A high pH soap will dry the skin and it will lose some of its elasticity.
The skin’s surface is mildly acidic, having a pH of around 5. Most soaps have a pH of well over 7, some as high as 10. Soaps with a high pH will both dry the skin and will also remove its protective layer.
The oil in the facial cleanser dissolves the oil on the face; the surfactants dissolve everything else; water washes the face clean. The best facial cleansers also contain natural botanical extracts to soothe, protect, nourish and moisturize the face. There are many good ones out in the marketplace today – just look for ones labeled for your face and not a body bar.
When choosing a facial cleanser, be sure to pick one that is appropriate for your skin type and condition ( we gave you some information about this at the top of this page)
Before cleansing your face be sure to wash your hands thoroughly otherwise you will simply be adding additional dirt from your hand on to your face. Splash your face generously with tepid to slightly warm water. Spread a nickel sized drop of facial cleanser into your palm or on a soft cotton wash cloth – I’ll be honest I use way too much cleanser but I am trying to work on this.
When you use too much , you won’t anything bad to your skin but you will be sending wasted money down the drain.
Using fingertips or washcloth, gently wash face using circular and upward motions. Wash face for approximately 30 seconds for dry skin, 60 seconds for normal skin and 90 seconds for oily skin. Then rinse and rinse again with tepid to slightly warm water.
Any residue left behind will have a drying effect unless you are using a product that allows you to leave some on your skin – Not sure about your product?
Just read the label.
Pat (do not rub) face dry with a clean towel. Follow by toning ( not 100% necessary but it does help, so if you have the time and can add a good skin toner use one) and moisturizing the face.
Perform this simple skin care regimen twice a day and you’ll be happy with the positive difference it makes in your faces health and appearance.