Have you ever put in the effort of learning how to wash your face for clearer, healthier skin?
My guess is that if you’re a man, you probably just splash some water on your face, MAYBE rub in a little bit of cleanser, and rinse away, right?
However, I bet the ladies who are reading this post right now would probably grin at those men right now.
So, in this post, I’ll be sharing you my own step by step guide to properly wash your face:
- Let’s start by washing your face every night
- Start with using the right water temperature
- Choose between a soap, cleanser, or only water
- Try washing your face with a face-wash machine
- Don’t try to scrub too aggressively
- Use your toner quickly after cleansing
- Apply your moisturizer
- Do use a separate product for exfoliation
- Occasionally use a face mask
- If you’re using makeup, remove it first before washing your face
- Always use a high-quality towel to pat your face dry
- Get up and wash your face in the morning
- Conclusion of how to wash your face properly
Although I’m not an expert in skin care nor I’m a healthcare professional, I have always been told that my skin’s really good for a man.
That’s why I’m writing this post to share with y’all!
Let’s start by washing your face every night
As soon as you come back into your home from a long day of work, you’d mindlessly go right to your kitchen and fix up some dinner to feed your hungry stomach.
After you’ve killed some time watching TV, you decide to take a quick shower and end your day in bed.
Now, here’s a quick question…
Do you jump straight into the shower and wash your face, body, and hair altogether?
Do you take your time in front of the sink to remove your makeup and cleanse your face before taking a shower?
Think about it, you’ve been accumulating dirt and pollution along with oil and sweat on your outer skin throughout the day.
If you’re not taking your time to remove all the gunk, there’s a pretty high chance your skin’s gonna be irritated, inflamed, and breakout.
So, treat your face nicely and wash your face before you shower!
Start with using the right water temperature
Most of the time, it feels great splashing hot water over your body and face.
But it might not be the best thing for your skin.
According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City: “Extreme temperatures, such as hot, steamy showers or hot water, can cause dilation of blood vessels and breakage of delicate tissue,”…
…”Further, the hot water naturally strips skin of the necessary oil barrier that helps maintain skin integrity.”
All of these mean your skin will dry out quickly and becomes flaky and itchy over time.
Instead, try using lukewarm water to wash your face and take shower.
So that you can protect your skin from any adverse conditions like rosacea, which causes your skin to turn red and acne-like bumps.
Choose between a soap, cleanser, or only water
So here’s the million dollar question…
Do you wash your face with a cleanser, soap, or just water?
Well, most men I’ve known usually just wash their face with water only.
Some may try to grab a soap to make them feel like they’re cleaning their face properly.
However, only a handful of men (including me) use the right cleanser that doesn’t harm our facial skin.
In general, you’ll pick the appropriate kind of cleanser based on your skin type:
- Dry/Sensitive skin – try a gentle or creamy cleanser
- Normal skin – a water-based cleanser
- Oily skin – a foamy or gel cleanser
However, if you really have no idea where to start, speak to your doctor and have a dermatologist to help you figure out what works for you.
Try washing your face with a face-wash machine
So you’re using the right cleanser for your face, that’s awesome!
But are you just rubbing it on your face with bare hands?
In that case, you might not be cleaning up every single pore on your face thoroughly.
Think about it…
How big are your fingers in comparison to those skin pores on your face? (if you have HUGE pores, then you definitely should go to a dermatologist to seek help, j/k! =P)
Yeah, definitely can’t clean them up properly right?
This is why you’d need a great face-wash machine that can cleanse skin deeply, removes dead skin, and promotes skin renewal.
How to wash your face with a machine though?
First, moisten your face with warm water and apply the Activating Cleanser that best suits your skin type on your face (or on the wet silicone head)
Then, glide it slowly across your face in broad strokes. A “beep” sound will appear every 30 seconds and the machine will turn off in 2 minutes.
Lastly, rinse your face with water and gently pat it dry, then apply any further skincare products.
Don’t try to scrub too aggressively
It’s rather tempting when washing your face, to try to scrub it hard or do it for a long period of time.
Most of the time, it just creates an illusion that your skin is cleaner than ever.
Rather, in reality, it has nothing to do with it…
Furthermore, when you wash your face too aggressively or too long, your skin can get irritated really quickly.
So just keep this in mind!
Use your toner quickly after cleansing
So now that you’ve cleansed your face properly with the right type of cleanser and hopefully, you’ll be using a face-wash machine as well.
You’ve got to apply toner on your face right away!
This is really important because when you wash your face thoroughly, your pores are all opened up.
If you don’t close them with a toner, then more dirt will get into the pores.
When dirt and oil combine, your chance of getting acne will greatly increase.
Apply your moisturizer
Once you’ve put on the toner, you’ll need to apply a moisturizer immediately while your skin is still a bit damp.
Why is it so important?
Well, first of all you need to understand our skin’s protective mechanism.
Once it’s dried, your skin will start producing oil that will put on a sheen-look.
It’s not a good look if you ask me.
So to prevent that, you’ll apply moisturizer right after you’ve put on a toner and facial skin’s still a bit wet.
This will help you seal hydration into the skin and create a protective layer for your face.
Oh, and if your moisturizer doesn’t contain sunscreen ingredient, then you should be applying that as well.
Do use a separate product for exfoliation
Once in a while (maybe once a week or two), you should apply some exfoliating product to remove dead skin cells on your face.
As life goes on, our skin will start shedding old skin in order to produce newer skin (kinda like snakes and crustaceans).
But these older skin won’t just go away naturally…
Rather, they will just accumulate on top of newer skin, which may be presented as flakes.
If you don’t use exfoliating product to remove dead skin, you’ll start to find your moisturizer won’t be applied on properly.
Your newer skin can’t breath properly so you might higher chance of getting acne or irritated skin.
So try to exfoliate at least once a week or two to remove those annoying dead skin.
Occasionally use a face mask
There are many kinds of face masks out there to select from.
Let’s not get too deep into it, I’ll talk about it in later days.
But most of the masks out there are advertised to help you deep moisturize your face.
So if you’re the type that goes out a lot in this hot summer days, then you should definitely put on a mask once a week or two.
Always use a high-quality towel to pat your face dry
Be sure to prepare high-quality towels (yes, more than one of ’em) and change them from time to time.
The more you reuse your face towel, the more bacteria will reside within it.
So, not sure how many towels you got at home…
If you don’t got enough, be sure to get some more!
Get up and wash your face in the morning
You really need to wash your face first thing in the morning.
All those saliva and sweat that’s covering your face while you’re tossing around during your sleep.
Not to mention all the other products (night moisturizer) you put on before you went to bed.
So do yourself a favor and properly do the cleansing routine I’ve written above again.
Conclusion of how to wash your face properly
It’s definitely a lot of steps of how to wash your face properly.
If you’re not taking care of your face right now, sooner or later, you’ll start regretting it.
So to help you get started, I’ll include a link here to my favorite face-wash kit.
If you like it, go ahead and buy it 🙂