So This Is How You Wash Your Face

Cleaning How difficult can it be? You soaping, splashing with water, rubbed with a towel, ready. It turns out that, however, there is something more than that: you could actually be improving your skin while doing it. "The purpose of cleaning is to remove sweat, dirt, bacteria and skin makeup," says New York City dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD "But to do that, you must consider everything related with the products you use and the water, the temperature when and how often you are doing it. " Another reason to intensify things: "The more effective it is to eliminate all the garbage from your skin, the better everything will work that you put on top," he explains. Ready for our face-washing camp? This is what needs to be done.

Remove makeup before cleansing.

It may seem obvious, but most regular cleansers alone do not dissolve enough heavy-duty sunscreen and long-lasting makeup, especially around the eyes, says dermatologist Sonia Batra, MD, of Santa Monica, California. "As gently as possible so you do not rub or pull on the skin," she says. For the eyes, press a cotton ball soaked in an oil-based eye cleaner over the eyelids, wait 10 seconds for the mask and eyeliner to dissolve, then wipe off the debris. For the rest of the face, use some cotton pads moistened with cleansing water (a soothing, soap-free liquid), such as Dr. Jart + Dermaclear Micro Water, or cleaning cloths until they come out clean. Once this is done, you are ready to wash.

Know the right way to cleanse, rinse, and dry.

The trick is to "swim" in the face, explains New York epidemiologist and facialist Isabelle Bellis. "On wet skin, starting at the corners of the mouth, slide the tips of the fingers, covered with cleanser, over the nose, over the forehead, around the eyes and cheeks until they reach the chin," he says. "Something like making mini chest breasts in your face". Do it for one or two minutes to completely remove dirt and oil. Rinse with warm water (decomposes waste better than cold and not as dry as heat); The skin with a clean and dry towel. If you are prone to acne and are worried about the spread of bacteria, use a few handkerchiefs stacked in a place on a towel, suggests Bellis. "They are super soft and free of germs."
After cleansing, layer on skin care treatments.

Now that you have cleaned, apply the back to the wash: apply the products you use (toner, serum, eye cream, moisturizer) in a few minutes, while the skin is still wet and the pores open, says Bellis. The only exception is a retinoid treatment with a prescription, says Dr. Batra; She recommends rubbing it only after the skin is completely dry, to help prevent irritation.

Repeat after us: Facial wipes are not a daily-cleansing solution.

Of course, they are convenient, but according to the dermatologist Peter Lio, M.D. of Chicago, "many wipes are loaded with surfactants and strong preservatives that can cause dryness and irritation if they do not wash the skin." His advice: Do not be a wipes addict; reserve them for when you are in movement. And follow these guidelines: (1) Choose those that are for sensitive skin. They are less likely to contain strong and irritating ingredients. (2) Use efficiently starting at the center of your face and working on the perimeter. Then, turn the fabric and slide gently again to make sure you are removing the makeup and dirt, not just the stain around the face. (3) Always, always rinse with water or toner to remove any residue.

If you're feeling extra grimy, try double-cleansing.

Wash your face twice? We know; It's a lot to ask But many experts are in favor of it. "This trend has been popular in Japan for years because it provides much more thorough cleaning," says Dr. Batra. But do not repeat the same routine twice. For your first wash, massage an oil-based cleanser (or take a little olive oil from your kitchen) on dry skin (it is not necessary to use the make-up remover first, the oil will do the job). Rinse, then go to the second cleaning, specific formula for the type of skin to remove bacteria and sweat. Everyone can benefit from this two-step process, but women who live in contaminated areas should consider it a daily necessity, says: "Meticulous cleaning is the only way to completely eliminate contaminants, which can cause dryness and wrinkles over time. "

Cleanse before working out.

"If you do not eliminate everything before exercising, you run the risk of makeup, dirt, and oil becoming pores when you sweat is cleaned," says Dr. Schultz. To make things easier, store your gym bag with make-up wipes and a bottle of toner. No time to shower? Use the toner at the end of your training too.

To boost your glow, invest in a facial device.

The hands work well, but a cleaning tool is "very effective to remove makeup and exfoliate dead cells in a very gentle way," says Dr. Lio. Just "do not use it to the point of redness or peeling". To find out what works best for your skin, start using the brush (with cleanser) once or twice a week, and increase the use if your skin does not dry or irritate. If the skin is still opaque, Dr. Lio suggests adding cleansers with chemical exfoliants such as lactic or glycolic acid once or twice a week, max. But resist the temptation to use a grainy exfoliant along with your brush; That combination is too hard.

__ And while washing your face before going to bed is always the goal, do not panic when (yes, when, not if) it slips. __


"There is not a big difference between using makeup for eight hours during the day instead of eight hours at night, especially if you sleep on your back," says Dr. Schultz. No matter what happens, just do not overcompensate by scrubbing vigorously in the morning. Instead, clean well to the right when you wake up, apply a detoxifying mask for five to 10 minutes to help unclog the pores and pull your pillowcase in the wash. Then, keep some wipes and a bottle of toner on the bedside table for the next time you are too tired to get to the sink.


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