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Do You Know How To Wash Your Face?

By Marilynn Syrett Published 04/15/2009 | Beauty

Washing your face is one of the most  essential steps to maintaining proper skin hygiene. It is the first  and foremost step of all skin care regimens.. Washing your face  removes impurities like dirt, debris, make-up residues and excess oil  particles from the skin pores that could have otherwise caused  severe skin problems like acne, clogged skin pores and even promote premature aging of the skin.
 
  There are a plethora of  cleansers and face-washes available in the market that cater to the  requirements of all skin types, be it normal, oily, dry, sensitive or  combination skin. Cleansers gently clean the skin and remove  impurities without irritating the skin. Thus it leaves the skin fresh  and clean without making it excessively dry.
 
  Choosing the  Right Cleanser
  It is very important to choose a cleanser that  suits your particular skin type and caters to its specific needs and  requirements. Only then can you seek clean and fresh skin with no  side effects. Women with oily or combination skin should use  lightweight and oil-free cleansers that contain stronger  oil-absorbing ingredients. On the other hand, women with dry or  sensitive skin should use a milder cleanser that contains skin  moisturizing ingredients. Make sure that the skin care products you  use are non-comedogenic (doesn't clog skin pores), hypoallergenic  (doesn't irritate the skin or cause allergies) and non-acneic  (doesn't cause acne).
 
  Ideally, wash your face twice a day,  once in the morning and once at night. However people with  excessively oily skin can wash their face once in the afternoon as  well to avoid excessive greasiness.
 
  Steps to Wash your  Face
 
  Step1 – Wash your Hands
  Before you  attempt to clean your face, wash your hands with a good  anti-bacterial soap and lukewarm water and make sure they are good  and clean. Otherwise, the bacteria from your hands may get  transferred on to your face when you wash your face with dirty hands.
 
  Step2 – Remove the make-up
  Get hold of a mild  make-up remover and remove all the make-up from your face. Though  facial cleansers remove most make-up residue it’s always better to  remove the make-up beforehand. Start by removing the eye make-up and  then gradually clean off the entire face.
 
  Step 3 – Wet  your face
  Splash lukewarm water on your face and prepare the  skin for cleansing. Lukewarm water opens up the skin pores and  facilitates deep cleansing
 
  Step 4 – Apply the  cleanser
  Take out a small amount of the cleanser on your palms  and gently rub evenly all over your face with your fingertips. Make  sure you apply the cleanser all over your face including forehead,  nose, cheeks, chin and even the neck. Massage with circular motions  for a couple of minutes so that it gets absorbed by the skin  effectively.
 
  Step 5 – Rinse the face
  Again, splash  water on your face several times and rinse off the cleanser  completely. Make sure you have washed off the cleanser well and there  are no visible residues left on your face. You can also use a facial  sponge or cotton pads to remove the cleanser.
 
  Step 6 –  Dry your Face
  Gently pat dry your face with a soft towel.  Never rub the towel against the face to dry it. Patting it gently  will ensure that your face is not dripping wet, yet is moist enough.  Leaving some moisture on the face is beneficial in the skin care  process.
 
  Step 7 – Toning
  The cleansing process  should immediately be followed by toning. Toning is especially  important if you have oily or combination skin. It removes any traces  of impurities that wouldn't have been removed by the cleanser  (including the cleanser itself) and normalizes the pH levels of the  skin. The skin becomes tighter and ready for moisturization.
 
  Step  8 – Moisturization
  Apply a moisturizer on the face to  hydrate the skin and replenish the moisture that may have been lost  during cleansing and toning.
 
  Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser – Especially formulated for normal and dry skin types, this  cleanser cleans the skin effectively and removes all traces of  impurities like dirt, debris, pollutants, dead skin cells, make-up  residues and excess oil particles.
 
  Obagi C-Cleansing Gel - It contains hydroquinone and potent Vitamin C that cleans the skin  effectively and removes all impurities. Moreover, it improves the  penetration of active ingredients contained in other skin care  products.
 
  iS Clinical Cleansing Complex - This  cleanser by Innovative Skincare is great for resurfacing, deep  cleaning and is anti-acneic. It is powerful but can be safely used on  sensitive skin. It cleans the skin without leaving it dry. It also  contains antioxidants to fight free radicals.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a professional skin care expert and has valuable experience in reviewing skin care products. She has written about several skin care products from popular brand names including Clayton Shagal and NeoCutis.