How to Wash Your Face Properly
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You've been washing your face twice a day as long as you can remember, but are you washing your face properly?  Washing your face is probably the most important part of your beauty routine, so it's important to do it right.  Washing your face wrong can lead to oily skin, breakouts, and make your pores look larger.  Washing your face doesn't just remove dirt and oil; it is also a massage for your face.  Massaging the skin can help boost circulation, which in turn boosts oxygen to the area.  Here's how to wash your face properly for better looking skin.

How to Wash Your Face Properly

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Water Temperature 

Many people believe that washing with hot water will open your pores so more dirt and oil gets washed away, but your pores don't open and close like that.  Hot water can loosen the dirt, but it can be too drying for your skin.  Instead, rinse use lukewarm water to loosen dirt and oil without damaging your skin.

Wash Your Hands

Any dirt and oil that is on your hands can get transferred to your face, so it's important to wash your hands before you start washing your face properly.

Remove Eye Makeup

You don't want to get soap in your eyes, so use an eye makeup remover before you wet your face.  I really like Almay's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads because they are easy and work well.

How to Wash Your Face Properly

  1. Wet your face with lukewarm water.  
  2. Place a dime-sized amount of cleanser on your fingertips and rub them together.  Use just your fingertips to massage the cleanser on your face for 30 to 60 seconds.  Use small, gentle strokes to increase blood circulation without harming your skin.
  3. Rinse with a muslin cloth.  This will help gently exfoliate and ensure that you've removed all of the dirt and makeup that was on your skin.
  4. Splash cool water on your face a few times to remove any lingering soap residue and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.


Follow with a toner to tighten your pores and remove any lingering oil and dirt.  Dip a cotton ball in toner and wipe over your T-zone or your entire face.  I usually use my moringa oil toner recipe, or you can use Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel.  


Serums are different from moisturizers because they are made with smaller molecules, so they penetrate the skin deeper.  They also usually don't have a lot of oils.  There are serums for many different skin conditions, so you can use the one that works best for your skin type.  


Use a moisturizer morning and evening.  You can use the same one or different ones, but make sure that you use one with SPF in the morning.

Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is thinner than on the rest of your face, so it needs extra moisture.  I use an eye cream morning and night.  My favorite is Derma E Age Defying Antioxidant Eye Cream.  Wait a few minutes to apply your makeup to let it sink in.

And now you know how to wash your face properly!

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.