Dec 21, 2017
Your face is the only part of your body exposed to the elements all day long. Dust, bacteria and other particles in the air — not to mention our body’s natural responses like perspiration and oil secretion — all come together to deprive our skin of cleanliness and purity. Your face needs extra care to brave the everyday inconvenience of impurities.
Your face encounters two types of impurities:
1. Oil-based substances like excess sebum and makeup.
2. Water-based substances like old skin cells, dust, bacteria and perspiration.
Double cleansing is the detoxifying solution your skin needs. No other cleanse can truly address the duo of impurities.
How does it work? First, a cleanser (or, cleansing oil) uproots oil-based substances, prying them to the skin surface. Creams, gels, or milk cleansers also do the trick.
Once impurities reach the skin’s surface, a facial soap or wash envelops them with lather and washes away unwelcome water-based substances like old skin cells, dust, bacteria and perspiration.
Apply a suitable portion of cleanser to your dry hands and face.
Using a cleansing cream? Just a dab of 2.5 cm in diameter (about 3 g) will do. Cleansing oil? Pump two to three times (about 2–3 ml).
First, apply cleanser to five focus-areas: the forehead, each cheek, the ridge of the nose and the chin. Follow it up with a gentle massage in a circular motion, dissolving and drawing out those impurities from deep within the skin. Be careful when cleansing lipstick and eye makeup. Sensitive areas like your lips and eyes demand the gentle touch of a dedicated makeup cleanser.
The skin gets oily throughout the day — with or without makeup. Even if you are not using makeup, using a cleanser will remove pollutants, sunscreen, bacteria, and excessive sebum from your face.
Thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water.
Facial soaps and washes are in no short supply. Creamy and milky textures, solid and powdery forms, and instant foams are all among the choices you'll face.
For creamy soaps, dispense just a touch (about 2 cm in diameter, or 2 g). Get some soap on your hands, add a bit of water, then work up a rich lather in your palm.
In a circular motion, massage this cushion of lather over the face. Spend a little extra time on the forehead and sides of the nose, areas prone to sebum secretion. Remember to massage gently. Pressing or rubbing too hard may irritate the skin, causing roughness or dark spots.
A good rinse is an essential final step, but water temperature is a delicate issue. The ideal temperature is 36 to 39˚C. Water too hot will tighten and dry the skin, while water too cold will close up the pores and trap residual lather inside. Carefully wash the hairline, where lather is likely to remain. Be sure to rinse carefully, as residue can cause breakouts.
Be sure to use a clean, dry towel. Pat your face gently. Never rub or scrub your face with the towel.