The Basics Of Face Watching

Wash Your Face Well

A freshly washed face feels good and looks good. It is a great foundation to then add moisturizer, makeup, and sunscreen. There is a right way to wash the face. Less is more and it’s good to know the best face washing technique.

The basics of face washing

Use warm to cool water when washing a face. The cleanser should be non-comedogenic and contain neither alcohol nor oil. If skin breakouts are likely to occur, then consider a light cleanser that also contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.  Start by adding a small amount of the cleanser to the face. All that is needed is about a pea size of cleanser; a little goes a long way. Gently apply the cleanser with fingertips only.

No scrubbing

Do not scrub the face; keep everything done with the face very light and gentle. Gently rinse the cleanser with water. Lightly splash the water on the face. Then use a soft cotton towel to lightly dry the face.

Morning and night

A good face washing routine is twice a day: morning and night. If heavy perspiration is an issue, then consider washing the face more often.

Moisturize and sunscreen

Immediately apply a good moisturizer; apply it while the face is still damp to better absorb the moisturizer. If dry skin is an issue, use a moisturizer with a cream base. If the skin is oily or if it is a combination, then consider using a lightweight moisturizer. Along with a daily moisturizer, apply sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. Try to use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen. If not, apply sunscreen after applying moisturizer. Apply these products with a gentle, light touch.

See your dermatologist

A board-certified dermatologist can recommend cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens, and other products that are best for each skin type.  Contact us today to set up an appointment for consultation.

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