Clean, Scrub, Rinse and done right…? There is much more to it than that – and knowing how to do so can make a world of difference to your complexion, both now and for years to come.

Start with clean hands.

Not washing our hands while it might seem like a silly extra step to wash your hands when there about to be covered in cleanser anyway, it’s important to expose your face to as little bacteria as possible, better yet, try a muslin cloth, microfiber cloth or mitt.

Listen to your skin:

You aren’t switching up your products – let’s say you fell in love with this amazing light summer moisturizer. The thing is, it might be amazing for your complexion right now but your skin will be an entirely different beast come winter. The weather and climate have a major impact on our skin, so it’s important to tailor your routine to your current needs. Even Better you should be listing to your skin everyday or a least every week. Wake up – Humm? My face feels a little dry today – maybe need to exfoliate and a a great moisturizer or Humm? my face is a bit sensitive today – maybe i should apply and calming gel/serum and just some moisturizer. Become your own facial Analyst!!

Exfoliation…Hummm?

Your exfoliating to often or using a product that is too harsh for your skin. I don’t recommend any physical exfoliants. Why??

  1. Can leave small micro tears in our skin and for some may be causing tiny scars.
  2. Can cause broken capillaries and discoloration over time.
  3. Can cause an inflammatory response, especially if you have sensitive skin or a specific skin tone. Exfoliating of any kind to often can dry skin out. Stick to deep exfoliation; say with an AHA/BHA to once, maybe twice per week depending on your skin type. Or daily exfoliation with a more gentle fruit enzyme.

Again – know what your skin tone/type is and you will know what works best for you. If you are new to exfoliants, AHA/BHA or fruit enzymes always to a small patch test on the side of your neck or just in front of your ear to see how your skin is going to react. If you have a reaction then that product may not be right for you or you may need to start with a lower concentration of that product and work your way up to the higher consentrations as your skin will need to become accustomed to it.

Easy Does it!!!

You scrub to hard while washing your face. Easy there!! Use a gentle circular motion when washing your face; tugging leaves you more susceptible to fine lies and wrinkles Harsh rubbing an cause an inflammatory response, especially those with sensitive skin.

Up, Down, Around, How do you apply your cleanser?

You’re applying your cleanser the wrong way. Think of our pores as roof shingles, with their openings facing down. Basically, in order to get any product deep into the skin, you have to apply it in an upward motion. To get the hang of it, apply a bit of cleanser to the tips of your fingers, and brush it onto your face in a circular motion.

Using the right water temperature:

Water temperature isn’t right. Warm water opens our pores, leaving them open for our cleansers to get in there to get the job done. Cool water closes them back up again, keeping impurities out. Wash your face with warm water, followed by splashing your face with cool water. (unless you are applying serums or active ingredients to your now clean face).

Wiping your face too dry!

Your wiping your face dry. As tempting as it is to barry your sopping wet face into the nearest towel, please practice a little restraint (remember that face-tugging, wrinkle-inducing action we talked about?), instead – pat your face dry and ideally the towel is, of course, very clean. If you are applying moisturizers or treatment serums following your washing, leave you’re face a bit damp to aid in the absorption of your product as well as sealing in the moisture.

Washing your face and that’s it??

You was your face, and that’s it! Who said class was dismissed? Cleansing just provides a blank canvas for the rest of your skin care regeimen. Even if you are extremely low maintenance, follow up with a toner (to balance skin tone and minimize pores) and a moisturizer and sunscreen at the very least. This is were all the treatment begins, where you provide the nutrients that your skin needs.