How To Wash Your Face: Our Guide To Getting Cleansed
Oh, the humble face wash. The most essential step in any skincare routine—we know it! But it's not all in the products you slather on. Here are our tips, tricks and tweaks to make your cleansing routine that much better, for skin that always feels refreshed, cleansed and ready for your next skincare steps.
How often should you wash your face?
While there's no strict answer, we say twice a day is a good rule of thumb. No make-up day? No problem, a quick refresh is still needed. All that pollution, daily sweat and impurities still need to be wiped away. Mornings? Skin may not be covered in daily dirt, but you've been up close and personal with your pillowcase, meaning dead skin cells, oil and sweat are best washed away. A micellar water-soaked cotton pad helps refresh in one easy step.
Don't miss these skincare spots
Most of the time we cleanse and repeat. We follow our usual routine on autopilot, meaning we can miss spots. Day-old filled-in eyebrows? Yep, we've been there. Make friends with your ears (and behind them), under your jaw, neck and your hairline. Don't want to get your hair wet? Facial cleansing wipes work wonders on those (foundation-caked) baby hairs.
Go gentle with your cleanser
Think squeaky-clean is a good thing? Not when it comes to your skin. That dry, tight feeling usually means you've rubbed too hard, or used a facial cleanser that's too harsh for your skin type. We say, always pick a product that's gentle and kind on your skin, leaving your moisture barrier intact. One of our picks? Simple® Foaming Cleanser is made with no harsh chemicals so it won't dry out your skin!
Try a double-cleanse face wash routine
Ever heard of this double-duty cleansing route? The idea of it is to double-up your cleansers—one to help get rid of make-up and the other to cleanse skin directly. Try a cleansing oil (as step one) followed by a foaming face wash or micellar water as the next step. It's one of the best cleansing routes if you're after a deep(er) clean. Our tip? Don't overdo it and stick to double-cleansing just once a week.
Steer clear of cleansing in the shower
Yep, that's where we wash the rest of our body, so it makes sense to wash our face at the same time. But water in the shower is usually much hotter than we'd like on our face, meaning it can actually dehydrate your skin, while potentially stripping away your natural lipid barrier. Try to cleanse and rinse with tepid water before you hop in, and it'll help skin feel calm and more balanced.
You can cleanse on-the-go
Roommate taking another long shower? No problem. No access to running water shouldn't stop you from getting the best out of your (twice) daily cleanse. Try a micellar cleansing water. It uses micelles to attract make-up, grime and sebum from your skin without disrupting its natural barrier. The best part? It's no-rinse, there's no stickiness and it starts your skincare journey in one easy (water-free) step.
Don’t wait to moisturize
Now that you know how to clean your face, it's time to moisturize. As soon as you've cleansed, follow up with a moisturizer while skin is still a little damp, to stop your skin from losing moisture or dehydrating. Quick tip? Warm it up between your palms before applying—it'll smooth on like a charm.
How to wash your face? Now you know! Find the best face wash for you and these tips and tricks will help you get your cleansing routine in shape.