Are you washing your face correctly?
23rd July 2015
Washing your face is one of the basic things you learn growing up, so it might never occur to you that you're doing it wrong. Washing your face properly can be one of the big key steps to reducing your acne, so make sure you follow these key steps.
Make sure you're washing your face with lukewarm water and a creamy cleanser. Warm water helps easily remove the dirt from the skin, but if the water is too hot it can dry out your face. The creamy cleanser will be more hydrating for your skin. If you wear a lot of make-up, you might want to use a separate make-up remover before you start washing your face with the cleanser.
After washing, dab your face dry instead of rubbing it, as this will stretch your skin and lead to wrinkles.
The second step is all about toner. Use a cotton ball to apply toner to your face, concentrating on those problem areas, for example an oily t-zone is helped dramatically by toner. However, be wary of using too much! One soaked cotton ball is enough.
Serum needs to be applied next. In Western skincare we tend to overlook serum use and rely heavily on makeup, whereas in the East, they often are the reverse. New research shows that the average woman in Asia will put up to 11 layers on her skin during the beautifying process and then doesn't feel the need to bother with makeup.
However, you don't need to go so overboard. One or two pumps should be enough for your entire face. Serums are also good at targeting specific issues you may have with your skin; as serums are made to combat a wide-range of issues, such as redness, dryness, anti-aging, etc.
4. Do you still need to moisturise?
Usually, the fourth step is the moisturizing step. However, we wrote a blog post a little while back about how moisturiser can actually be damaging your skin. You can mix serum with your moisturiser if you like, or use a moisturising serum. But be wary that only 15% of us actually have dry enough skin to warrant the use of a moisturiser every day.
5. Eye cream
The last step is your eye cream. The skin under the eye is the thinnest, so it can easily dry out if it's not constantly moisturised. Use a pea-sized amount of eye cream under your eyes, but make sure you leave it a couple of minutes before you put your makeup on afterwards.
Of course, these are just general tips, so the process can vary between skin types. If you think that you might be taking the wrong approach to treating your acne, feel free to book a free appointment with one of our dermatologists, or have a look at our range of acne treatments.