It can be so tempting to just fall into bed in the evening, but the next time you consider it, think about what it might do to your skin. Do you really want to wake up with an ugly acne breakout?
Oils, bacteria and dirt build up on your skin during the day, so washing your face before bed is vital to keeping it healthy and glowing. It’s even more important if you wear makeup, which can clog pores, causing whiteheads or blemishes.
Here are a few face washing tips so you can stay clean and acne-free:
1. Pick The Correct Facial Cleanser
Not all facial cleansers work for all skin types; it’s important that you pick one that works for your skin.
Women with sensitive skin should look for cleansers that are fragrance free and hypoallergenic. Those with oily skin need to use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid, to help fight breakouts.
2. Washing Your Face The Right Way
When washing your face, use warm water – if the water is too hot, you risk washing away too much oil and drying out your skin. Then, massage your cleanser onto the skin, making sure that you get all the way to the hairline as well as behind and under the jaw.
Don’t rush, and don’t scrub too hard. Take your time to make sure you’ve got your whole face clean, then rinse off and pat dry.
3. Do Not Over-Wash Your Face
Something you probably didn’t know – it’s only really necessary to cleanse your face once daily. Of course, you should wash it in the evening to remove all the make-up and dirt, as stated before.
Why only once a day? Over-cleaning leads to dryness; dry skin compensates by producing more oil, and that leads to breakouts. However, you may want to use a light cleansing towelette in the morning to freshen up, especially if you tend to sweat at night.
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