How to Wash Your Face

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • I know, you have been washing your face most of your life, all by yourself and are pretty sure you know how to do it. But to best take care of your skin and keep it healthy, the following steps to washing your face can help.

    Wash your face at night, before going to bed.

    First, before washing your face, wash your hands. It doesn't make sense to wash your face using your hands which have spent the day touching all different surfaces and have probably picked up dirt and bacteria. So before beginning your cleansing regime, take a moment to wash your hands.

    Next, remove your make-up. Use a mild make-up remover, taking care to be gentle around your eyes. While it is true that your cleansing routine will probably remove your make-up, it is better to remove your make-up separately so your make-up doesn't end up smearing on your face or getting into your eyes. This is especially important if you are wearing waterproof make-up.

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    Before putting any cleansers on your face, splash with warm water. Be sure to use warm, not hot water. Hot water can strip your skin of natural oils and having water on your skin before using cleanser helps to spread the cleanser and reduce the amount of cleanser you need.

    Use a mild face cleanser, preferrably a liquid cleanser that is suited to your skin type. If you have oily skin, make sure your cleanser is specifically made for this type of skin and if you have dry skin, use a moisturizing cleanser. Gently massage the cleanser on your face, making sure you reach all areas - forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and neck. Rubbing your face can aggravate skin conditions so use gentle circular motions using your fingertips.


    Rinse your face by splashing warm water to remove all of your cleansing product. If you ned to use something, use a soft cotton cloth or cotton pads instead of a washcloth.

    Rinse a second time, this time with cold water to help improve circulation.

    End by patting dry your face. Avoid rubbing with a washcloth to dry your face as this can also aggravate skin conditions, instead, use a soft clean towel.

    Use a moisturizing product to rehydrate your face. Again, it is important to use products that are specifically made for your skin type. If you have oily skin, don't choose an oil-based moisturizer.

    In the morning, splash your face with warm water and pat dry. Using cleansers too often can dry out your skin.


    Some additional tips for washing your face:

    • Don't use bar soap on your face as these tend to dry your skin. Avoid products containing alcohol or other harsh chemicals.
    • Always wet your face before applying cleanser to help the cleanser spread and to reduce the amount of cleanser you need. Use only a small amount of cleanser; if you put it in the palm of your hand first, it should only be about the size of a dime.
    • Always use products suited for your skin type. For oily skin use water-based products; for dry skin use cream based products.
    • If you have sensitive skin, use fragrance-free products.
Published On: January 24, 2012