Skincare 101: How to wash your face.

Just as no two snowflakes are made alike, your skin is not a one-size fit all affair.  Which is why we were so shocked by a frightening statistic published in Allure magazine citing that 70% of women are still washing their faces with soap and water. SOAP and WATER!

How and what you wash your face with is a vital component of skincare, so in the spirit of the season (holiday parties, festive cocktails and attire, and dry indoor heating) we thought we’d cover a few basics on the proper cleansing of your oily, dry, combination, acne-prone, and sensitive skin.

Dry skin: The unmistakably tight and squeaky clean sensation that you feel prior to washing your face is a sure sign that your skin is lacking in the moisture department.  Sticking to a creamy or milky cleanser with ingredients like nicotinic acid and niacinamide is a great way to cleanse dry skin while helping to rebuild your natural lipid barrier that helps to keep moisture in.

Oily skin: There is nothing more satisfying than a foamy cleanser that lathers up into bubbly goodness on your face — and those of you with oily skin are nearly the only recipients that that is actually good for. The bubbles in foamy formulas ensure that the cleansers reach the maximum surface area.  The rub is in overcleansing.  Never wash your face more than 3x a day (stick to 2x if at all possible) — you want to remove enough oil without overdrying your skin, which will simply produce more problems.

Combination: Some combos are good (burgers and fries, crackers and cheese, red wine and everything) — but sadly combination skin is not one of them. A mix of both oily and dry, combination skin requires a cleanser with both a gentle foaming agent to tackle excessive oil and glycerin to tackle the dry areas. Use of an electronic face brush can also help stave off oils on your T-zone.

Acne-prone: While most other skin types are best suited to an a.m. and a p.m. wash, acne prone skin can handle a midday rinse as well — but only with a cleansing formula with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or glycolic acid. These ingredients act as mild exfoliants, ridding your skin of the daily buildup of oil and dead cells that act in tandem to clog up your pores. Using a trendy oil cleanser can also help, as the oil will cling to the gunk blocking your pores, which in turn makes it easier to wash away.

Sensitive: Cleansing sensitive skin adds the vital component of water temperature to the question of what face wash to use, with both being equally important in quieting down a red, burning, or itchy complexion. You can find a gentle cleanser that works with your skin by trying a product on a small area for three days to make sure it won’t irritate your skin, and once you’ve settled on one, then stick to using cool or lukewarm water to help deter your skins natural vasodilation process (which makes your skin redden.) Steering clear of products with added fragrance will also help.


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