If you think cleansing your face is a super-simple step that
requires no thought, guess again. Beyond selecting the correct cleanser for you
skin type (take our quiz to find
out yours!), these dos and don’ts can give your skin a helping hand.
1. Cleansing wipes are wonderful when you’re on the
go, but one isn’t enough to get rid of all the makeup, dirt and post-workout
sweat. Be sure to use two or three and do multiple passes.
2. Never, ever wash your face with shampoo, shower
gel or body wash. The detergents are too harsh for facial skin.
3. Don’t leave your bottle or tube of cleanser
open. Exposure to air can reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients and allow
4. If you use a cleanser with glycolic
acid, leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing. This acts like a great
5. There’s no need to buy cleansers with
antioxidants or other extra ingredients, since cleansers aren’t left on the
skin long enough for these ingredients to penetrate. (However, if you have acne
or rosacea, your skin may benefit from anti-inflammatory botanicals.)
6. More is not more when it comes to exfoliation.
To prevent irritation, choose one of the following: A retinoid,
skincare brush (such as the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush), a scrub, glycolic or
salicylic acid cleanser, at-home peel kit, at-home microdermabrasion or
exfoliating pads (such as Buf-Puf).
7. If you’re planning on getting up close and
personal with a man who isn’t freshly shaved, skip the retinoid or glycolic
acid cleanser. Stubble actually exfoliates the skin, and can lead to irritation
if you’re using an exfoliating product as well.