Cleansing your face can seem like a chore, especially if you wear makeup. But it’s a part of your hygiene so it needs to be done as thoroughly as your showers or bubble baths. People tend to rush through cleansing their face, which leaves extra dirt and bacteria on the face. That bacteria plus whatever is in the air (pollutants, irritants, pollen, etc.) can cause build up in your pores and lead to break outs.
A good way to tell if you’re cleansing your face properly is to use a toner after you cleanse. If there is still quite a bit of dirt or makeup you’re not cleansing adequately. Either your cleanser isn’t as effective as it needs to be or you didn’t do a good enough job cleansing your face. In this case I have a few suggestions.
On a day when I don’t wear makeup I use micellar water as a pre-cleanse, then follow with my normal cleanser, toner, serums, moisturizer and eye cream.
Another good option is to use makeup wipes. They’re portable so you can keep some in your car. I keep makeup wipes upstairs in my bathroom and downstairs in my den for those late nights when I’m being super lazy on the couch. I just reach in the side table and use them to cleanse my face. You can also keep some in your night stand…..basically put them wherever is convenient and easy to get to.
Sometimes my face just feels yucky. If I’ve had a long day or after a workout when you can feel the extra dirt and germs you can always do a double cleanse, which is literally cleansing your face twice. Once isn’t always enough. I know it makes your routine longer but those extra 30 seconds can mean wonders for your skin. Since I’ve started double cleansing and pre-cleansing I’ve noticed a big difference in my skin and have had a lot less breakouts.
Use a Sonic Brush
I am a huge fan of using sonic brushes to cleanse. I don’t know how my skin survived without one. I’ve been using mine for about 5-6 years and it’s worth the investment. There are low cost options like the Olay Spin Brush. I did try that one and wasn’t a big fan of it because it actually spins. The brushes that use sonic technology do a better job of exfoliating and cleansing. The sonic brushes I’ve used and like are the Clarisonic, Clinique Sonic Brush, and the Micheal Todd Spin Brush.
These brushes can be a little pricey (usually close to $100). Even though it is an investment a lot of people don’t want to pay that much money. There are alternatives. Manual brushes (pictured to the left) are very inexpensive. I see them at the Dollar Tree all the time. That works better than your hands, so that may be a good place to start if you’re skeptical.
Let me know if you use any of these tips and how they work for you.
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