6 BONUS PRO TIPS

Prevention (USA) - - WELLNESS -

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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