Washing your face may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s one of those aspects of skin care we can’t do without. It’s tempting to slack off on such a basic task, especially if you’re tired after a long day. You may simply not put as much care into the routine because it seems so simple. No matter how you’re feeling, keep in mind that you need to remove the built-up bacteria, sweat, pollution, and dirt from your face each day. Not washing your face regularly makes inflammation, dryness, eczema, breakouts, and premature aging more likely. Although it might not cause lasting damage, forgetting to wash your face for even one night can hinder the skin’s process of regeneration and cause debris to clog pores, eventually leading to an acne breakout. At Skin Care & Laser Physicians, providing cosmetic dermatology tips for Los Angelespatients, we can help you decide on the best routine and products in order to wash your face correctly.
Here’s what you should know about this first step in any skincare regimen.
Use the Right Type of Cleanser
Avoid cleansers that are too strong and soapy, as they can dry your skin out by removing too many natural oils. Fragranced cleansers are also a bad idea. Use a mild, non-comedogenic cleanser that won’t clog pores or irritate your skin. Always use a cleanser that’s designed for your skin type.
Wash Your Face Twice
In addition to your nighttime cleansing routine, you may also need to wash your face in the morning to remove the bacteria that builds up during the night so that it doesn’t stay on your face all day. You might want to use a milder cleanser in the morning, especially if your skin is dry or sensitive.
Wash Gently and Quickly
You want to avoid scrubbing your face too vigorously or for too long. Aim to lather up your skin for just 20 to 30 seconds and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
You may already be aware that sulfates are to be avoided in shampoos, but they are also commonly found in face washes and can dehydrate your skin. Avoid cleansers that contain these minerals.
For more advice about keeping skin healthy and beautiful, talk to the board-certified dermatologists at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. Send an online contact form or call us at 310-246-0495 to schedule a consultation.