You might not always pay attention to it but you touch your face several times per hour. According to some studies the average is about 23 times per hour. Now think how many dirty things your hands touch all the time – your keyboard, handrails, your mobile phone, etc. The point is there are endless ways how you transmit bacteria and dirt to your face daily. The problem with dirt and bacteria is that it builds up and results in all kinds of problems we want to avoid. So let’s find out what’s the best way to get rid of the filth and what are the few things to keep in mind for face cleansing.
Firstly, avoid bar soap
Regular soap dries out the skin and removes good lipids as well as dirt. Especially from sensitive skin areas like your face. Healthy skin has a pH range of 4.7-5. However, most of the soaps have a pH above 7. It has been demonstrated that skin with pH value below 5 is in better condition than skin with pH value above 5. If you use a soap with high pH it increases your skin’s pH and too high pH results in dehydration and irritation of the skin.
Wash your hands before you wash your face
If you wash your face with dirty hands you are basically applying the dirt from your hands to your face. If you are using washcloth the same logic applies. So wash your hands and your washcloth before you clean your face with one of those. You wouldn’t clean your home with a dirty mop, so why would you do it to your face.
Dirt and bacteria are not the only problems
Besides the filth and bacteria from the environment, it’s also your own dead skin that builds up on your face. Our skin renews itself approximately every 30 days or so and it’s important to remove the dead skin left over. This process (the removal of dead skin cells from the top layer of our skin) is called exfoliation. There are some products on the market that are meant specially for exfoliation but a lot of them can be too harsh on your skin. Exfoliation can also be done with natural ingredients at home (the most often recommended ingredients include sugar, coffee, salt mixed with olive oil).
Don’t be too rough and be mindful of water temperature
If you are using a washcloth, then don’t rub your face too roughly. Our face has very sensitive skin and if you are constantly too harsh you will end up damaging your skin. This results in premature sagging and irritation and in general older looking skin.
Water temperature is also important as too hot or too cold water can equally damage your skin. Too hot water can dry out your skin as it strips the skin from its natural oils. Too cold water can cause irritation. Also, the myth of cold water being able to shrink pore sizes has been proven false.
Use oil-based cleansers for face cleansing
Oil-based cleansers are good because they trap dirt and dead skin cells. Besides that, they contain vitamins that your skin needs and leave your skin well hydrated. When using oil-based cleaner massage a few drops into the skin for a minute or so. This allows the oil to dissolve the impurities and sebum built up in the pores. Then remove gently with a warm and wet washcloth.
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