How To Wash Your Face + Giveaway
I’m sure you are wondering why I’m writing a post on how to wash your face as it’s a no brainer right? Wrong! This simple act has so many versions so it is easy to get confused.
Far too often, many people tell me about how they do not need to wash their face in the morning (where do you live??????) or how they are too tired to wash their face at night! Back in the day, the word “cleanser” meant a harsh, alcohol based liquid applied with cotton wool (raise your hands if you ever used Ten-o-six or SeaBreeze) but infact those were toners. Which is why I understand the confusion when I ask people what cleanser they use and they say ‘oh I don’t use cleansers’ but they mean toners……I hope I haven’t confused you.
Cleansing is by far the most important part of your skincare routine. If this step is not done properly, anything you put on your face afterwards goes to waste. Ideally you should cleanse your face twice a day regardless of how tired you are (or how many drinks you have had).Note that wipes don’t count! Most wipes contain alcohol and just drag the dirt and grime around your face.
Lets get to it
What do you need? A cleanser (gel/cream/milk), a balm or oil cleanser and a flannel/ washcloth (optional)
In the morning, you need to wash you face to get rid of sweat from the night before and skincare from the previous night’s routine. A gel cleanser is perfect if you have oily skin and a cream or milk cleanser if you have dry skin. My skin is currently oily/combination as I believe in skin seasons not skin types (will address this in another post). I currently use Medik8 Pore Cleanse gel which contains salicylic, mandelic and lactic acid but I have previously used Jan Marini Bioglycolic Cleanser. Dispense a pea sized amount on your fingertips and massage all over your face. You can wipe off with a wet, warm flannel or simply rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. After the cleanse you can continue with your morning skincare routine
If you are going outdoors, sunscreen is non-negotiable and you may decide to wear makeup. I don’t know where you live but down here it is hot and sometimes humid so in the evenings, I always do a double cleanse. This is by far one of the favourite parts of my day as I literally take the day off my face. I start by washing my hands (this is very important) and if I wear lipstick or mascara, I take it off with a cotton pad soaked with micellar water and gently sweep across my eye and lips. After this, I go in with my cleansing balm on a dry face and massage properly.(I currently use the Heimish All Clean Cleansing Balm but I have previously used Clinique Take The Day Off, The BodyShop Sumptuous Camomile Cleansing Butter as well as cleansing oils like The Bodyshop Camomile Cleansing Oil and Una Brennan Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Oil but I prefer balms to oils as they are less messy. I add a bit of water to my face to emulsify (turn milky) and either rinse off or wipe off with a warm, wet flannel. I then go in with my second cleanser to actually clean my skin which is the Jordan Samuel Plie (now called AfterShow) Treatment Cleanser which is also a gel cleanser and massage thoroughly, emulsify and wipe off with a warm, wet flannel. I always make sure I wash my neck and hairline and wipe or rinse off the cleanser properly to avoid breakouts. If you don’t like the idea of a balm or oil cleanser, you can sweep a cotton pad soaked with micellar water all over your face to take off make up/sunscreen or both and follow with a cleanser.
This method of cleansing known as double cleansing and made popular by Caroline Hirons really helped to clear my skin and most people will say you don’t need to double cleanse if you don’t wear makeup (to each his/her own) but I top up my sunscreen religiously and I know it will take more than one cleanse to get all that sunscreen off. I also have over two dozen flannels but I use one the whole day and put them in the wash at the end of the week but I stopped using a flannel in the mornings to avoid stripping my skin.
Regarding cleansing brushes, I used the Neutrogena one for about 3 months many years ago but it just isn’t for me. The brush plus acid toners, vitamin C, Retin A and other things were just too much for my skin to handle
I hope this post has helped someone know how to wash their face properly as this may be the cause of your skin issues. I would try to do a demonstrative video of my routine as requested.
In the meantime, to jumpstart one reader’s journey to better skin, I am giving away what I call a ‘cleansing kit’. This is a goodie bag containing the Heimish All Clean Cleansing Balm which I love so much, the CosRx Low pH Good Morning Cleanser and two flannels (so you will always have a clean one)
Rules for entry
Follow me on instagram @that.geminigirl, tag two friends and tell me why you think you deserve this kit.
Entry closes 31st October 2017