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how to wash your face properly

by Katie on February 1, 2012

Hey Party People! I’m just hanging out in my apartment with the dogs, Max and Buckley, tonight, thinking about how to wash my face properly (haha, I only wish I was kidding). Here are 4 quick and easy steps to washing your face throughout the week.

Wash Your Face:

The point of cleansing is to remove makeup, dirt, and excess oils off your face. You should wash your face in the morning, at night, and after workouts. First, wash your hands, then grab your natural facial cleanser (either liquid or a bar of soap). Use luke-warm water to wash your face. Water that is too hot will shock your skin and potentially burst your capillaries while water that is too cold won’t open up your pores and then they won’t get cleaned! Use circular motions and massage your skin for about 30 seconds to one minute. Don’t forget to wash your hairline, your neck, and all the little crevasses around your face. Finish by rinsing off with cool water, not freezing, but cool. This will close up your pores.

Exfoliate Your Skin:

Believe it or not, I have a friend who is also a young, natural-cosmetic entrepreneur named Lani Lazzari. Her focus is with facial and body scrubs and her company is called Simple Sugars (small world, eh?). According to Lani, “You can’t effectively moisturize your skin unless you remove all of those dead skin cells regularly.” I’ve been using her Green Tea Facial Scrub for a few months now and really like the way it feels. You have to make sure to clean your face first before exfoliating, otherwise you will end up rubbing dirt and bacteria into your pores (not really the point). I personally like to exfoliate my face once or twice a week. Do not, I repeat, do not scrub too hard. Pain is not your friend. Treat your skin nicely.

Homemade Facial Masks:

Masks are fun and I have been experimenting with them recently. Here’s a blog I wrote that lists a bunch of natural ingredients that you can find in your home to make a mask. There are all different types of masks: moisturizing, anti-aging, acne-fighting etc. Use a mask once a week and one of the added benefits of “masking” is that it makes you sit still (something I don’t do enough). Paint your toenails, read a book, but don’t move your face around a ton. The point is to let the mask dry so it can remove stuff from your pores.

Moisturize It Up:

I love the feeling I get when I hop out of the shower and put on facial moisturizer and lip balm. Just me? I doubt it. After all this cleansing, exfoliating, and masking, it’s important to moisturize so that you have soft, smooth skin…not chapped, dry skin.  Moisturizers actually attract moisture and protect the skin on your face by forming a barrier that holds in the water that’s already there. Use a natural, non-comedogenic (AKA non-clogging) facial moisturizer such as the Sweets tea tree facial moisturizer best known as Yo Face!

I hope all this information helps you out. Happy Washing!

Cheers,

KTB

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