6 BONUS PRO TIPS
1 Don’t overdo it
“Excessive cleansing is one of the biggest no-no’s,” says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a NewYork City dermatologist and author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin. “It can irritate skin and remove its natural protective oils, contributing to issues like dryness and acne.” A happy medium: gentle daily cleansing using a small dollop of face wash in the morning and again at night to remove the day’s debris.
2 Remove makeup first
For a complete cleanse, you need two steps at night: Use makeup remover followed by face wash. “Facial cleansers are not necessarily designed to dissolve makeup, especially on eyes, and haven’t done so effectively in our testing,” explains GH Beauty
Lab Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann.
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3 Stay out of hot water
Steamy H2O may feel nice, but it can do harm to skin by disrupting its barrier, which can cause sensitivity, Dr. Bowe says. Instead, cleanse with lukewarm water, Wizemann suggests.
4 Wash all over
People tend to focus on cleansing the T-zone, neglecting areas like the hairline and around the nose where grime can accumulate, causing clogged pores and blemishes.To cover the entire area, work up from the center of the face, then out and down along the hairline and the perimeter to just under the chin.
5 Be gentle
“Avoid rubbing, pulling, or tugging skin when applying cleanser; lightly massaging face wash in with your fingertips is effective and can help stimulate blood flow,” says Deanne Robinson, M.D., a dermatologist in Westport, CT.
Rubbing skin dry with a towel can lead to inflammation, she says, so “pat your face with a clean, dry washcloth when done instead.”
6 Try the latest tech
Applying your face wash with an electronic skin-cleansing device can provide a deeper cleanse than using your hands or a washcloth as well as light exfoliation. But use it no more than once per week to avoid stripping or irritating skin, Dr. Robinson advises.
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