7 Simple Steps To Cleansing Your Face The Right Way - Art of Skin Care (2023)

While washing your face might seem like one of the most basic elements of any skincare routine, getting it right (or wrong) can actually make or break the health of your skin. How you wash your face lays the foundation for your entire skincare regimen. Well-cleansed skin is more able to drink in vital nutrients, therefore boosting the efficacy of every other product you apply to your face. If you truly want to put your best face forward, cleansing the right way with the best cleanser for your skin type will deliver optimal results.

Why Should You Wash Your Face?

Cleansing is arguably the most important step in any skincare routine. You probably know that not washing your face can lead to clogged pores and pimples, but did you know that it also accelerates aging? Free radicals from air pollution collect on the skin throughout the day and, if not washed away, break down the skin’s natural elastin and collagen, creating fine lines and wrinkles. Proper face washing reduces free radical damage and ensures that other skin-nourishing products penetrate deep into the skin.

Zeolite, a natural volcanic mineral, is an effective cleansing agent that reveals clear, refined pores. Thanks to negatively charged minerals that act as a magnet, zeolite pulls out the skin’s toxins and free radicals. This is a wonderful ingredient for combination and oily skin as it binds to impurities and gently lifts them away. Two facial cleansers that contain zeolite are AnteAGE Cleanser and Rhonda Allison Soothing Gel Cleanse.

How Often Should You Wash Your Face?

A few of the most common skincare mistakes that people make are under-cleansing, over-cleansing, and also over-moisturizing. The recommended frequency for cleansing is twice a day, both morning and night. If you are very active and work up a sweat during the day, it’s a good idea to cleanse your face an additional time to wipe away pore-clogging sweat, excess oil, and dirt that can accumulate and harden on your skin following a workout. We love Nelly De Vuyst Micellar Foam carry in a gym bag for this very purpose!

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Cleansing your face more often than twice a day will only work against you as doing so can compromise your skin’s protective barrier. Over-washing your skin can create irritation and lead to an overproduction of sebum, causing oily skin that is difficult to bring into balance.

Neglecting regular facial cleansing does not prevent your skin from drying out, despite what some may believe. Washing your face actually increases the water content in your skin! When you skip washing your face in the morning, bacteria from your pillowcase remains on your skin throughout the day, increasing your odds of an acne flare-up. Under-cleansing your skin in the evening or falling asleep wearing makeup is not going to help matters, either. The goal of the entire body is to rejuvenate itself as we sleep, and the skin is no exception. If you like waking up to a face that is clear, renewed, and revitalized, going to bed with a clean face at night is your best ally.

How Do You Cleanse Your Face?

Follow these 7 steps to cleaning your face to reduce breakouts and ensure a thorough cleanse. Your skin will be ready to drink up nourishing hydration in no time!

1. Choose The Right Face Cleanser

While “one size fits all” might work for that comfy t-shirt you love to sleep in, the same is not true for your cleanser. It’s important to remove the build-up from the day with a face wash that is best for your skin type and unique concerns. If you’ve been using a makeup wipe at the end of the day without any other cleansers, you’re only getting rid of exterior dirt and grime. Depending upon the brand of face wipes, you could potentially be leaving behind a residue of ingredients that aren’t good for your skin.

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We understand that choosing the right skincare products to add to your cleansing routine can feel complicated, and we’re here to simplify that for you. Generally, the milk, jelly, and cream cleansers are for those who have less oil in the skin. Foaming cleansers that contain an exfoliating acid are usually liked best by those with an oily t-zone. For our healthy aging clients, I recommend a gentle cleanser containing anti-aging peptides.

If you’re looking for specific guidance regarding what to cleanse your face with, I recommend that you try out ourpersonalized skincare consultationor visit our learn page that focuses specifically on thebest cleansers for your skin type.

2. Start With Dry Skin And Clean Hands

With ANY cleanser, whether oil, cream, foaming, lotion, etc. you should always apply it to DRY SKIN first! Why is that? Well, the agents used to clean the skin (surfactants, oils, esters, etc.) are designed to adhere to the molecules being removed (oils, dirt, debris) and reduce the surface tension of the molecule. This allows for easy removal when washing your face. If you apply water to your face first, you will not give the cleansing agents the full ability to adhere. This doesn’t mean that your cleanser isn’t working, but if you use the dry method you will maximize the performance of your face wash. Try it out! All you need to do is apply cleanser to dry skin and massage well for no more than a minute.

3. Massage With Damp Fingers, Then Rinse

After applying face wash to dry skin, dampen your fingers with warm water and massage the entire face using a circular motion. This will emulsify the cleanser and loosen up impurities and dead skin cells on your skin. Gently massaging the skin with your fingertips encourages circulation and collagen production, so feel free to take your time with this step knowing that your skin will benefit from the extra love. If you wear makeup, you’ll want to remove it with an appropriate cleanser. For the eye area, apply cleanser to a dampened gauze pad or cotton ball and gently wipe makeup away, or try a cleansing pad that’s safe for the eye area. We suggest a few great products to remove makeup on this learn page. A studio favorite, particularly for acne-prone skin, is the Magic Mitt which removes makeup using NO cleanser.

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4. Rinse Well With Lukewarm Water

While it might feel good to use hot water on your face, doing so will disrupt the balance of natural oils that serve as a protective barrier against pollutants and cellular damage. Hot water can leave delicate skin feeling both over-dry and overly oily as sebum production is thrown out of whack. It’s best to rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water to maintain the integrity of your skin. Extreme temperatures are not recommended. Many people believe that pores expand with hot water and contract with cold water, but this isn’t the case. Hot water does soften the skin, making it easier to lift cellular oil and debris.

5. Pat Skin Dry With A Clean, Soft Towel

This is a basic step that can be easy to undervalue. Now that you have fresh, clean skin, the goal is to keep it that way. Reusing a dirty washcloth or drying your face with your bath towel are two common missteps as both of these methods re-introduce bacteria and molds to the skin. Choose a clean towel that is both clean and as soft as possible. If you have acne-prone or sensitive skin, it’s also important to make sure that any fabrics that come into contact with your skin are free of residues from fabric softeners and artificial fragrances. Be careful that you don’t tug or pull on your skin, which can break down collagen and lead to wrinkles, sagging, and skin irritation.

6. Implement The Double-Cleanse Method

I recommend double-cleansing in the evenings for all skin types, except those with particularly sensitized skin. Washing your face twice might seem like a lot of work, but the results are worth it. The first cleanse removes makeup and surface dirt while the second cleanse removes cellular debris that can clog pores, dull your complexion, and prevent the maximum absorption of your serums, correctives, and moisturizers. The choice of products that you double-cleanse with depends upon both your skin type and your goals. My personal favorite combination of cleansers is the Sorella Apricot Mango Cleanser mixed with Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Lactic Cleanse.I look forward to this soothing, aromatic experience every day!

7. Tone, Nourish, And Moisturize

Your skin should now feel clean and just a little tight, signaling that it’s ready to soak up the nutrients from the rest of your products like a sponge! Toners, serums, correctives, and moisturizers should all be applied immediately (and in this order) following your cleansing routine to properly nourish and hydrate your skin. And don’t forget the SPF! Sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin and preventing long-term damage.

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As is true with most things in life, consistency is key for the best results!

What About Cleansing Devices?

There has been a lot of hype surrounding various cleansing tools recently, some of which come with a high price tag. Rotating brushes, in particular, are very bad for the skin. They create microscopic tears that damage the skin. At Art of Skin Care, we take a more gentle approach with a selection of highly effective ultrasonic cleansing devices. We have three ultrasonic products to choose from: My Skin Buddy, Le Mieux Derma Red, and Le Mieux DermaBlu. Each of these devices delivers ultrasonic vibration waves to lift impurities from the skin and pores. They also make any product you put on your face more effective. If you’re looking for that extra boost when it comes to cleansing and healing your skin, this is the best way to go.

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Dry Cleanse Your Face

Using the dry cleanse method is another way to boost the efficacy of your cleansing routine. It’s a little counter-intuitive at first; a lot of folks are used to getting their face wet before cleansing or maybe even cleansing in the shower! Watch the video below to learn this simple, yet effective technique!

FAQs

What are the proper steps for cleansing your face? ›

Face washing 101
  1. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol.
  2. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser.
  3. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.

What is the 6 step skin-care routine? ›

Here's our guide to an easy, six-step skin care routine to get you started.
  • STEP 1: CLEANSER. Properly cleansing your skin is an essential step, because it removes impurities from makeup and your environment. ...
  • STEP 2: TONER. ...
  • STEP 3: EYES. ...
  • STEP 4: SERUMS. ...
  • STEP 5: MOISTURIZER. ...
  • STEP 6: SUNSCREEN.

What are the 3 steps to clean your face? ›

The Best Way to Wash Your Face (Plus Product Recommendations) 1 Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. 2 Remove all your makeup first. 3 Wet your skin with lukewarm water.

What is a basic skin-care routine? ›

The three basic skin-care routine steps are cleansing, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen (look for at least SPF 30 and “broad spectrum” on the label). Your morning skin-care routine should include those basics: washing with a cleanser, slathering on a moisturizer, then putting on your sunscreen, says Dr. Skotnicki.

What are the 5 basic of skin-care? ›

The Basic Skincare Rules Everyone Should Know
  • Cleanse Once and Then Cleanse Again. Double cleansing requires washing your face not once but twice. ...
  • Always Layer Products in the Right Order. ...
  • Know Your Skin Type. ...
  • Take the Time to Exfoliate. ...
  • Always Wear Sunscreen.
15 Jan 2020

What are the 10 steps of skin-care? ›

It goes a bit like this: a balm or oil cleanser (1), a foaming cleanser (2), an exfoliant (3), a toner (4), an essence (5), an ampoule or serum (6), a sheet mask (7), an eye cream (8), a moisturizer (9), and then either a thicker night cream or sleeping mask or an SPF (10).

What is the 5 Step Korean skin care routine? ›

5-Step Korean Skincare Regimen
  • Step 1: Double Cleanse. Double cleanse is the most important step of K-beauty skincare regimen to make sure you keep your skin clear. ...
  • Step 2: Toner. Toner is used to lock in the moisture instantly after cleansing. ...
  • Step 3: Serum/ Essence. ...
  • Step 4: Sheet Mask. ...
  • Step 5: Moisturise.
23 Feb 2021

How can I clean my face in 7 days? ›

Team Wander has put together a simple, no-fuss routine that will give you glowing skin in 7 days.
  1. Day 1: Good Skin Starts With Good Habits. ...
  2. Day 2: Eat Beauty-fully. ...
  3. Day 3: Add In Exfoliation. ...
  4. Day 4: Mask On, Mask Off. ...
  5. Day 5: Sleep Your Way To Better Skin. ...
  6. Day 6: Ready For Lift Off. ...
  7. Day 7: Your Glow Has Landed!
24 Sept 2019

What are the 3 most important skin care products? ›

Three Essential Elements in a Basic Skincare Routine
  1. Step 1: Cleanser. Choosing a cleanser that's specifically formulated for the face (rather than the body) is the first essential step in a basic skincare routine. ...
  2. Step 2: Moisturizer. ...
  3. Step 3: Sunscreen. ...
  4. 3 (or 5) simple steps to beautiful skin.

What should I use on my face daily? ›

  • Cleanser. Face cleansing should be the first step in any skincare routine, as it clears away impurities and excess oil that can clog pores and dull skin. ...
  • Toner. ...
  • Serum. ...
  • Eye Cream. ...
  • Moisturizer. ...
  • Sunscreen. ...
  • Cleanser. ...
  • Toner.
26 Apr 2022

What are 4 ways to take care of your skin? ›

To keep it gentle:
  1. Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. ...
  2. Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. ...
  3. Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. ...
  4. Pat dry. ...
  5. Moisturize dry skin.

Is Rose water a toner? ›

Rose water is, indeed, a natural toner. It comes from the Rosa damascena flower, commonly known as the Damask rose, and is created by distilling rose petals with steam. While it's become more popular in recent years, rose water has actually been used for centuries.

What is the most important step of skincare? ›

"Nightly facial cleansing is the most important step in a daily skin care regimen. Removing the day's makeup, dirt and pollutants is a must and creating a clean canvas allows for overnight repair products to perform at their most optimum level.

What is the 8 Step Korean skin care routine? ›

How to Follow the 8-Step Korean Morning Skincare Routine
  • Step 1: Wash with a Cleanser. ...
  • Step 2: Prep the Skin with Toner. ...
  • Step 3: Apply Essence. ...
  • Step 4: Apply Ampoule. ...
  • Step 5: Target Skin Issues with Serums. ...
  • Step 6: Eye Cream. ...
  • Step 7: Lock the Products in a Moisturizer. ...
  • Step 8: Sunscreen.
31 Aug 2022

How do you get Korean glass skin in 7 days? ›

  1. Double cleanse your skin. Double-cleansing is the base of Asian skincare. ...
  2. Exfoliate away. ...
  3. Apply toners. ...
  4. Introduce an essence to your skincare. ...
  5. Follow up with a serum/face oil. ...
  6. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise. ...
  7. Apply sunscreen. ...
  8. End with Face masks.

What drinks make your skin glow? ›

Here are some of them.
  1. Lemon Water And Honey. Consuming lemon and honey with lukewarm water can work wonders for your skin. ...
  2. Fruit Juices. Freshly squeezed fruit juices contain a lot of vitamins and micronutrients that boost your skin health. ...
  3. Green Tea. Image: Shutterstock. ...
  4. Vegetable Juices. ...
  5. Turmeric Milk. ...
  6. Coconut Water.
29 Aug 2022

How can I get glowing skin in 2 weeks? ›

Skin Care Routine
  1. A. Cleanse Twice A Day. A squeaky clean skin is the first step in any skincare routine for glowing skin [2]. ...
  2. B. Exfoliate Your Skin Once A Week. ...
  3. C. Use A Toner. ...
  4. D. Address Skin Concerns Using An Active. ...
  5. E. Moisturize Twice A Day. ...
  6. F. Apply A Sunscreen. ...
  7. A. Raw Milk. ...
  8. B. Besan.
5 Sept 2022

How can I get glass skin in 3 days? ›

Your step-by-step glass skin routine
  1. Double cleanse. ...
  2. Exfoliate. ...
  3. Use a toner. ...
  4. Try an essence. ...
  5. Get a serum or face oil. ...
  6. Layer on your moisturizer.
  7. Protect your skin from the sun. ...
  8. Make sure you're using the right face masks.

What foods help skin glow? ›

These 9 Foods Can Help You Get Glowing Skin
  • Mangoes. Take yourself to the tropics with this delicious fruit packed with vitamin C and rich in carotenoids like beta-carotene that optimize skin health. ...
  • Goji berries. ...
  • Tomatoes. ...
  • Passion fruit. ...
  • Kale. ...
  • Almonds. ...
  • Cacao. ...
  • Green tea.
11 May 2022

How can I glow my skin inside? ›

GLOW: Tips for Maintaining Your Skin's Glow from the Inside Out
  1. Exercise. This could potentially cause feelings of dread, but you don't need a gym membership to keep your skin glowing. ...
  2. Hydrate. Drink plenty of water. ...
  3. Practice Sun Safety. ...
  4. Eat Healthy Foods. ...
  5. Get Plenty of Rest.

How can I have nice skin? ›

Tips for Healthy Skin
  1. Wash up. Bathe in warm—not hot—water; use mild cleansers that don't irritate; and wash. ...
  2. Block sun damage. Avoid intense sun exposure, use sunscreen, and wear protective clothing.
  3. Don't use tanning beds or sunlamps. ...
  4. Avoid dry skin. ...
  5. Reduce stress. ...
  6. Get enough sleep. ...
  7. Speak up.

What is the 10 Step skin-care routine? ›

While there are some variations, the 10-step routine follows this order:
  • oil-based cleanser.
  • foaming or water-based cleanser.
  • exfoliator (only 1 or 2 times a week)
  • toner.
  • essence.
  • serum or ampoule.
  • sheet mask.
  • eye cream.
4 Nov 2020

What are the 10 best ways to take care of your skin? ›

10 skin care secrets for healthier-looking skin
  1. Apply sunscreen every day before you go outdoors. ...
  2. Don't smoke. ...
  3. Check your skin for skin cancer. ...
  4. Use a self-tanner if you like looking tanned. ...
  5. Use skin care products that match your skin's needs. ...
  6. Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean.

What is the most important step in skincare? ›

Dermatologists agree: Sunscreen is the most important step in any skincare routine, for every skin type and age. “If you don't wear sunscreen, you might as well not do any of the other steps,” Dr. Magovern says.

What are the 4 steps to skincare? ›

If you're looking for a bit of skin care inspo, check out my four-step nighttime routine.
  1. Step 1: Cleanse. Share on Pinterest. ...
  2. Step 2: Treat. Share on Pinterest. ...
  3. Step 3: Hydrate. Share on Pinterest. ...
  4. Step 4: Moisturize.

Do I need a 10 step skincare routine? ›

Conclusion. You do not need to practice a 10-step skincare routine to get the results you want. Skipping breakfast and missing out on night-time chats with people are not worth it... especially because your skin may look even better with only a 3-step routine.

Is the 10 Step Korean skin care necessary? ›

1. Do I have to use 10 steps every day? You can, but of course you don't have to! 10 steps really signifies the different skin care steps you can take in total, but it's not necessary to do each and every step morning and night.

What are 4 ways to have healthy skin? ›

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  1. Don't smoke. Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. ...
  2. Treat your skin gently. Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. ...
  3. Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. ...
  4. Manage stress.

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