Face Cleansing 101: Simple Techniques
Updated: Dec 12, 2019
Many people think they already know how to wash their face. So… these are just simple suggestions to enhance the face cleansing routine.
The first step in cleansing your face is to start with a dry face. A lot of people tend to splash water over their faces before the cleansing process, but that is not what I am suggesting. I am one of the few estheticians trained by Ronda Allison, and she taught me to start with a dry face to prevent diluting the product. I always use this technique, even when using one of my own product lines.
First, place the cleanser on dry hands and then apply it to your face. Next, apply the cleanser up and around the cheek and down through your t-zone and then up the side of the nose and then down the side of the face.
You will want to continue this in gentle motions. It tends to be one fluid motion for us (estheticians), and it’s just a large circular motion. Try to avoid scrubbing, tapping or patting your face. You will want to continue with that gentle fluid motion at least one minute so you can get a good deep cleanse.
If you are wearing make-up, you may want to cleanse twice. However, either way, you will want to continue with the motion for one or two minutes.
The next step is to use a scrub but only use your scrub twice a week so you don’t over-exfoliate. There are 2 types of exfoliation methods that you can use:
1. Gommage - a chemical method that goes on like a serum which is soft and smooth. The more you use the circular motion and manipulate it, the grainier it feels. The grainy feeling is actually your dead skin cells rolling up. That’s my preferred method because I can feel and see that it’s working. Again, be careful because it is a chemical exfoliator and can cause damage or burning if you don’t know what you’re doing.
2. Granule - it should be active-active means it has acid in it or something in it that is meant to change the skin itself. For example, if you have acne, my Semblance active scrub has Salicylic Acid in it, as well as Jojoba beads.
There are other types of scrub options like Sugar scrubs and Himalayan salt scrubs. My only caution with those is depending on how large the granule, it can cause microscopic cuts on the skin. That type of damage can later lead to Melasma or Hyperpigmentation. So, please, please be careful.
The next step is to use a toner. Select a gentle toner; witch hazel is great. I have Eczema and Grade 2 Acne, so I use distilled water. It’s perfect and just something to balance my pH levels. Please try to avoid alcohol. Alcohol tends to dry out the skin and causes further damage.
Finally, moisturize really well. There are 3 types of moisturizers:
1. Water-based– if you have oily skin-always go with the water-based. It will not benefit you to put oil on top of oily skin. Instead, it clogs the pores and leads to blackheads.
2. Oil-based– which is more like a serum, growth factor, and has stem cells in it.
3. Cream-based– products that contain shea butter, jojoba butter, cocoa butter (these types tend to come from a plant or nut base).
*If you have normal skin, any one of the 3 will work.
**If you have dehydrated or dry skin, you can use a normal, a shea butter, or an oil-based moisturizer – just be careful with how much you use, so you don’t clog your pores.
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