How To Properly Wash Your Face
What is it about acne that is so embarrassing? In my teenage years, a single pimple could ruin the whole day for me. I would always worry about covering it up, whether or not to pop it, what to schmear on it to make it better. When I graduated from college and began working, one of my first investments was regular facials. I started going religiously, every 4-6 weeks, and I began to notice a huge difference. It's not that I stopped getting pimples (hormonal acne kinda never goes away- fun!) but facials have helped me to manage it, and my overall skin health is just... brighter. Less blemishes, more glow. I don't spend much money on makeup, so I consider this my trade-off :)
In the interim, I wondered about how to maintain the post-facial glow at home. I began tweaking my routine to try and keep my skin clean and happy, and to keep pimples at bay. When I asked my aesthetician Elizabeth about face wash, I told her it seems like a big waste of money because it just washes right off. The product doesn't have time to really affect my skin much. Elizabeth said "Well, you have to rub it in for about a minute every time!" Oops. Why had I never realized this? It makes perfect sense, but I guess I was 1) lazy 2) busy 3) unsure it really did much. She explained that washing your face 1-2x a day and actually massaging in the product makes a huge difference. You get the blood circulating, the skin truly clean, and you give the product that you spent your hard-earned money on a chance to work!
Nowadays, I wash my face for one whole minute in the evening and in the morning. I turn off the faucet when I'm rubbing (so as not to waste water) and just apply it all in. You can also use a Clarisonic to do this, but I have mixed feelings about them so I don't use one. I can barely keep track of charging my phone, forget about a cleansing brush.
Another tip Elizabeth gave me was to dry my face with a clean paper towel instead of the hand-towel which hangs in the bathroom all day, and is constantly in and out of use. Bacteria will live on those towels until you wash them, and you run the risk of spreading those germs around your face.
I hope this beauty tip helps you achieve a more radiant glow! P.S: I use this vitamin-C face wash by Joanna Vargas. It has a lovely citrus-y scent and foams up just enough to cling to my skin for a good massaging! I use it after I’ve removed eye makeup with micellar water.