Beauty How-To: Wash Your Face

Washing your face seems to be a simple enough task. So then why after all of your foaming and rinsing do you still get breakouts and oil deposits? There are techniques for cleansing your skin that will leave it smooth, soft, and blemish free. We’ve got ‘em all for you after the jump!Prepare!:
Get your hair out of your face and wash your hands with an anti-bacterial soap. Remove your makeup before you wash your face so that the cleansing product can get right to skin without fighting through a layer of foundation.

Wet Your Face:
Give your face a splash of luke-warm water. Some like it hot, but that can burst capillaries and leave unsightly red marks.

Cleanse Correctly:
Put a dime-drop of your favorite cleanser into your palms and work up a good lather. We recommend a foaming cleanser, and while inexpensive ones work well for most skin types, those with dry skin should steer clear. Starting at the top of your face and working your way down and out, gently rub the cleanser on your face with your fingers. Keep in mind your aim is to unclog pores and remove gunk, not to sand down the delicate top layer of your face. Move your fingertips in a small, circular motion to gently massage the cleanser into your skin and increase circulation in your face. You can also use a muslin cloth, which will act as a mild exfoliant.

Rinse Away:
To close your pores, thoroughly rinse your face with cool, clean water, being careful not to leave any residue that could irritate your face. Be sure to rinse often missed areas such as under your jaw, your hairline and the creases on either side of your nose.

Towel Dry:
Pat your skin dry with a fluffy, clean towel. Be careful not to rub your face against the towel since the abrasive action could cause wrinkles.

Time to Tone:
Apply an alcohol free toner to your face with a cotton ball.

Lastly, moisturize your face with a moisturizer suited to your skin type to replenish any moisture you may have lost.