Your facial cleansing routine is a vital part of your skin-care regimen—and if done correctly, it can promote a healthy glow. But once you find the right cleanser for your skin type, you need to know how to properly apply it. Here are 10 things no one ever tells you about the stuff, like what works best for you and how to give your complexion a good scrubbing.
1. Timing Is Everything
Many people are very quick with their cleanser. You have to slow down and allow the cleanser to work into the skin to break up the oils and sebum. The cleanser “lifts” dirt out of pores but only if you allow it time to grab the grime.
2. Your Hands Must Be Clean Before Applying
Keep bacteria and dirt from hands off your face by washing them first, and then be sure to rinse all of the soap off before moving on. The chemicals from soap may irritate the sensitive skin on your face.
3. Cleansers Vary Per Skin Type and Season
“Usually skin is oiler in the summer and drier in the winter, so I suggest changing your cleanser from season to season. When choosing the right cleanser, consider what you truly need from the right one. Figure out what you want your cleanser to do (prevent acne, remove makeup, etc.) so that its effects actually work for you.
4. It’s Possible to Overdo It
Tempting as it may be to scrub your skin imperfections away, this can worsen acne.Think “gentle massage,” not “hard scrub.”
5. Cleansing Goes Beyond Your Face
Cleansers should be used on your neck, chest, and shoulders.
6. Work Your Way Outward
Work fingertips in a circular motion along the face and neck. It is important to be gentle so that skin does not get irritated. By rubbing in a circular motion, you massage the face, stimulating the blood and oxygen, says Bank.
7. Don’t Forget to Rinse
Rinse cleanser off by splashing lukewarm water on the face. Always rinse off your cleanser, and never tissue off. You should know that cream-based cleansers—which aren’t very popular these days—often leave residue on the skin that can prevent ingredients from serums and moisturizers from properly absorbing into the skin, she says.
8. Cleansers Can Clean Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes harbor bacteria, so you should clean them at least every two—and you can do that with a cleanser! A facial cleanser—as opposed to a harsh cleanser—will care better for natural bristles, says Grustas.
9.Salt’s a Common Ingredient
Table salt (sodium chloride) is often found in shampoo, bubble wash, and facial cleansers. These products are made by combining specific surfactants—which act as foaming agents—and usually involve salt to reach to a level of viscosity (thickness of the product).
10. Algae Is Also Used
Diatomaceous earth, also known as dead algae, is commonly used in facial cleansers and exfoliators. It’s green and slimy, something you would find on the bottom of a fish tank.