Washing your face and body sounds pretty simple right? Splash some water on, rub in some soap or cleanser, scrub a little, and rinse off. However in order to get the most out of your cleaning regimen, it takes a little care and thought.
It’s not only the way you wash your skin, but also the number of times you do so and the types of cleanser/solution you use. And then there’s also washing your face when you want to remove makeup. So let’s get into some techniques you can use to make the most of your washing.
1. Wash your face before going to bed and after waking up. During the day, sweat, dirt, natural oils and residue can accumulate on your skin. Not removing these can cause skin irritation, inflammation and acne. Rinsing your face when you wake up is also a good idea. When you’re sleeping, germs from your pillowcase can get on your face, as well as bacteria from saliva and oils from your hair. A quick rinse will do. Just enough to slough off the night and prepare your face for the new day. Be careful not to over wash though. Twice a day is enough, otherwise you run the risk of dry and irritated skin.
2. Not using the right cleanser. (Soap is not recommended — it’s harsh and may strip the natural hydrators from your skin.) If you have oily skin, try a hydrating, gel cleanser. Gel cleansers are designed to remove excess oils from your skin. They use some of the mildest emulsifiers and surfactants on the market and they’re synthetic free, so they won’t strip your skin of the natural oils. Some gel cleansers contain a mix of essential oils such as Pink Grapefruit, Cypress and Rosemary, designed to detoxify, tone and decongest the skin.
If you have dry skin, the cream cleanser is the best for you. Cream cleansers are designed to add moisture to the skin, and the result is moisturized and relaxed skin.
Here’s a great recipe for exfoliating and cleaning the skin using oatmeal.
Start by making a mixture of 1 tablespoon of milk, 1 tablespoon of oatmeal and a few drops of honey. Add little water and work the ingredients into a fine paste. Apply the paste all over your face and neck. Gently create circular motions to make the mixture work as a cleanser and scrub.
3. Using excessively hot water. Sure, hot water can feel great on a cold day, but using water that is overly hot can cause damage to your skin. The heat can cause dilation on the blood vessels and break delicate tissue. The hot water may also strip the skin of the necessary oil barrier that helps maintain skin integrity, causing skin to dry out and become more itchy and flaky over time. Use lukewarm water instead.
4. Reusing wash cloths. Wash cloths transfer bacteria and mold over time when you reuse them. Invest in a cheap set of wash cloths that can last the entire week. This way you use a new wash cloth every day for the week, and you can just wash them all in one lot at the end of the week.
5. Exfoliating too often. Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells that accumulate on your skin, but over scrubbing can lead to minute tears that can lead to irritation and swelling. Keep your exfoliating to once or twice a week.
6. Not moisturizing right after cleansing. After you cleanse your skin, make sure you apply a good moisturizer. Right away. Waiting even a few minutes will cause the skin cells to dehydrate and are actually harder to moisturize. Moisturizing your skin will provide key nurturing ingredients to your skin and leave you with a clean and hydrated surface.
Caring for your skin doesn’t need to be complicated. If you remember the basics and use them every day, you’ll be on your way to healthy, well moisturized skin. If you’re using anti-wrinkle pads as a way to remove wrinkles, make sure to grab SilcSkin’s cleanser which will help to clean and prepare your skin before you apply the pads.
The SilcSkin Cleanser contains Sodium lauroamphoacetate which is used as a very mild cleaning agent. Its original use was primarily in shampoos and body washes for infants and now its used broadly in other personal care products. It’s also gentle on your skin and skin irritation with products containing Sodium lauroamphoacetate are rare.