How to Properly Wash Your Face

Washing your face properly is a basic step in skin care, and one of the most important steps.  If you are using a cleanser that is not also a makeup remover, you will need to use a makeup remover before cleansing.

When?  You need to be washing your face both morning and night.  At night you are washing away all the makeup, dirt, oil, etc that your face has picked up through out the day.  At night while you are sleeping your skin is busy rejuvenating and it can’t do it’s job properly without being clean.  One thing I heard years ago is this- “For every night you go to bed without washing your face you age an extra day”.  That may not seem like a lot. But if you are making a habit out of not washing your face, that extra day of aging will add up quick! In the morning it is also just as important to wash your face.  Like I said, your skin is rejuvenating while you sleep. In the morning there will be excess oil, impurities, dead skin, etc, sitting on your skin that you need to be washed away.  Plus, at night you should be using an eye cream and possibly some kind of night cream, sleep mask, beauty oil or glycolic treatment. All of those things need to be washed off in the morning.

Water?  The water temperature should not be to hot or to cold.  Both extreme temperatures will irritate your skin, causing redness and/or dryness.  A perfect luke warm temperature is what you want.  The luke warm water will soften the pores and make it easier for trapped dirt and makeup to come out.

How?  Get your hands, face and neck wet.  Do not neglect the neck.  Your neck shows age just as much as your face does.  Put some cleanser in your hands, or clarisonic, and massage in upward circle motions over the face and neck for at least 30 seconds, 1-2 minutes is best.  Focusing on the t-zone area, also making sure to get around the hair line, jaw and chin.  Give your face a thorough rinse, don’t leave any cleanser residue.  Gently dab your face dry (don’t drag or rub) with a clean towel.

There are 2 types of skin care products that I think you should spend the money on and absolutely find the right one for your skin: Cleanser and Moisturizer.  These 2 products are used more often that anything else.  They are your building blocks for a great skin care routine. If these 2 things aren’t right, your skin won’t be right.  There is one cleanser that has been my #1 favorite for so long and I absolutely love: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.  Big surprise right? This cleanser is “for all skin types”, so anyone can give it a try. Maybe my favorite will be your favorite :)

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19 thoughts on “How to Properly Wash Your Face

  1. This may be a dumb question but does it matter when you wash your face? Is it ok to do the cleansing during your shower or after you shower?

      1. That’s good to know! I tried the Fresh Soy Cleanser and OMG! My face and neck felt so soft and it’sso hard to explain bby I loved it! I’m thinking I may buy a bottle. THANKS for the recommendation ☺

  2. Hi Rachel! I loved your post and recently had a question I knew you’d be the perfect person to ask:) when do you feel it is best to scrub/exfoliate your face? Like at night to get out all the dirt or in the morning before you put on your makeup?

  3. Hi Rachel! I have the clarasonic and have heard mixed thoughts from proffesionals on it. I don’t use mine very often because I don’t want to damage my skin. Do you think the clarasonic is safe for daily use? What are your thoughts on the product? Love all of your blogs :)

    1. Thank you! I use my clarisonic every day and love it. If you are concerned about your skin having a negative reaction use the sensitive or cashmere brush head.

  4. Hi Rachel!! Why should you pat your skin dry when drying it instead of rubbing it?

  5. Good morning! I know this is an older thread, I followed it from the email you just sent. Do you have an recommendations for anything that might cost less than a Clarisonic?

      1. Thank you so much for your prompt response! I will definitely check that out. I found your blog through your sister’s youtube and I really enjoy your posts, keep up the great work!

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