Washing your face seems pretty simple, but the way you wash your face can make all the difference in how your skin reacts and feels.

Want to make the most of your cleansing routine? Here are some simple tips on how to optimise your cleansing routine.

Wash your hands first

If you wash your face with unclean hands, you could just push dirt into your skin! Washing your hands first, makes sure you don’t transfer any bacteria from your hands to your face.

Tie hair away from your face

Hair generally has a certain amount of oil and bacteria in it, you don’t want that on your skin. If you have longer hair, make sure to tie your hair away from your face and you can even use a hairband to make sure you can cleanse the entire surface of your face without your hair getting in the way.

Add water to your cleanser before applying

This allows the product to lather to help it grab onto the dirt and oils in the skin when cleansing (don’t do this with oil cleansers as this will emulsify them).

Double cleanse at night

This is particularly relevant to those who wear makeup. By getting rid of the surface-level dirt in the skin with your first cleanse, when you move onto step two of the cleanser, it really gives this cleanser a chance to shine and work optimally, to get into the skin and work hard.

Cleanse for 30 seconds

Most people don’t spend enough time cleansing their face –give your cleanser enough time to work at dissolving dirt, oil and makeup from the skin. Spend at least 30 seconds gently massaging the cleanser into the skin and then wash off thoroughly.

Don’t miss the hairline, ears and neck

These are easy-to-miss spots when cleansing! This will remove product build-up and avoid breakouts.

Rinse with lukewarm water

Water that’s too hot or cold can dry out and even damage the skin, so make sure to keep it cool to protect your skin. This includes your showers – protect your face!

Pat dry or air dry your skin

Be gentle with your skin – rubbing it can easily cause irritation. Tugging your skin can also make it lose elasticity.

Follow with a moisturiser

Don’t forget to restore the moisture to your skin after cleansing with your serums and moisturisers to bring back balance.

Use a separate face and hair towel

This avoids cross-contamination of germs and prevents bacteria build-up. It would be best if you also changed the towels regularly.

Here’s some fabulous cleansers…

Clinique Take the Day off Charcoal Cleansing Balm


The Nue Co. Barrier Culture Cleanser

Skin Alchemists The Humble Warrior

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