Most of us assume that cleansing is as basic as brushing your teeth. But with all the various skin-treatment options, such as lotions, milks, foaming mousses, oils, wipes, motorized brushes and anti-aging ingredients to consider, there’s a lot more to it than soap and water. Look for cleanser ingredients such as products with antioxidants, alpha-hydroxy acids, retinoids or vitamin C, which also help with fine line wrinkles.
You can’t just wash and run, at least, that isn’t the best recommended daily face wash routine. It’s more of a two-step process. Remove your makeup before you wash your face because many cleansers can’t take off concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose. Use an oil-based cream, an emollient wipe, or a cleansing oil to dissolve stubborn sunscreen and makeup. Follow with lukewarm water and a dime-size amount of cleanser and look for the ingredients cocamidopropyl betaine or caprylic triglyceride, which are sulfate-free, on your fingers or a clean, damp washcloth. Rinse and pat dry with a soft paper towel or dry wash cloth. Always wash your face after a workout to prevent breakouts or after a night out with makeup, and wash excessively oily skin morning and night. For very dry or sensitive skin limit yourself to cleansing once daily in the evening.
You don’t need to try closing your pores by massaging your face to increase circulation or splashing with cold water because it won’t work. Pores don’t open and close. In fact, extreme hot or cold can exacerbate problems like rosacea and redness. What does work well for your skin is a mild steam to help soften hardened oil in pores, which is why shower steam can help while you use your cleanser. A natural and healthy skin remedy is exercise, to boost circulation- so long as you wash post-sweat session.