Tutorial: How To Wash Your Face The Right Way

Posted by Sandra Scott

Washing your face every day is the secret to fresh, clean, healthy skin.

Even if you’ve staying inside all day you still need to keep your face clean. Washing will clear away the excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria that build up on your skin and cause breakouts and lead to a dull, dry complexion. It's also the key to getting rid of blackheads.

Here's a quick tutorial to make sure your complexion is always glowing.

The process is very simple and following these 5 step-by-step instructions will make sure you're getting the job done right – without drying out your skin.

 

How To Wash Your Face The Right Way:

STEP 1:  WET YOUR FACE WITH WARM WATER

Before applying any face wash, first splash your face with warm water. This will allow the product to spread easily on your skin.

Avoid using very hot or extremely cold water. The hot water will leave your skin dry and irritated, while the cold is less effective at removing oils from your skin.

Lukewarm water is best. This will open up your pores while also soothing your skin and make for an effective clean.

STEP 2: DISPENSE YOUR FACE WASH 

How much face wash should I use?

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to use too much product. A little goes a very long way, and you only need to use an amount the size of a nickel.

Squeeze this onto your fingertips and then spread the product across your hands. This will improve the effectiveness of the ingredients and allow you to evenly cover the areas of your face.

STEP 3: MASSAGE ON TO YOUR FACE (and beard) 

Use gentle circular motions to massage your face wash onto your face and neck, avoiding getting too close to your eyes. Don’t pull the skin too hard. Use just enough pressure to loosen up dirt and excess oil.

Do this for about 30 seconds, spending extra time on those areas where you tend to have a build-up of oil or sweat. This is typically in your T-zone of forehead, nose and chin.

If you prefer to wash your face in the shower, save this until the end so that you can make sure to remove any shampoo and conditioner residue from your face too.

There’s no need to use a sponge or washcloth to apply your face wash. In fact, these can both harbour bacteria and irritate your skin so best to avoid them.

Just take it nice and easy, and let the cleanser do the work.

AND FOR YOUR BEARD

With your beard make sure that you use your fingertips to dig deep into all directions of the beard. This action will clean your skin better and will loosen any ‘beardruff’. It also stimulates the hair follicles, encouraging more growth.

STEP 4: RINSE

After massaging, splash your face with lukewarm water to rinse.

When rinsing your beard, move your fingers through the beard to make sure that all the soap residue is gone

STEP 5: PAT DRY

Then simply pat your skin dry lightly with a clean, soft towel.

If you have acne, don’t rub at your skin with the towel, as this could irritate your skin.

Make sure to keep a separate small towel just for your face. Don’t use the one that you use for the rest of your body.

And don’t let anyone else use it either – only you. Women know to always do this, but you guys are not taught this and it’s really important.

Also, wash the towel at least once a week.

And that’s it…. You’re all done!

Now of course every man needs a go-to face wash to make this process really effective - one that you can use every day to clean and improve your skin.

Like most skincare, the less complicated you make it the better.

So we would recommend our multi-action Daily Face Wash.
It gently cleansexfoliates and rejuvenates your skin all in one - without causing dryness. Plus it’s suitable for all skin types.

Otis Skincare Daily Face Wash for men

QUESTIONS

Why use a face wash?
Using a bar of soap on your body is fine but using one on your face will strip away oil and dry out your skin, leaving it feeling tight.
Paradoxically this will cause your skin to produce even more oil… resulting in your face wearing a greasy sheen all day and leading to irritation and breakouts.
How often should I wash my face?
Twice a day is ideal.
When is the best time to wash my face?
AM – to clean away the build-up of oil and dead skin cells that have accumulated throughout the night. It’s a good idea to clean them off of your face before they have a chance to clog your pores.
PM – to remove the general grime and bacteria that we all come into contact with during the day, as well as any oil that has accumulated on your skin.
POST-WORKOUT – to clear away any sweat build up. The sweat sits on your skin and acts as a breeding ground for bacteria - and the salts from sweat can be drying and irritating too – so it’s vital to wash it off of your skin.
 
Can face wash cause breakouts?
No. Using a good face wash is actually essential to clear away the excess sebum and dead skin cells which can cause breakouts.
Will face wash dry out my skin?
No. A gentle face wash should not dry out your skin.
If your face feels tight after washing with a particular face wash, then stop! This is not a good sign. Your face should not feel like this.
For more on choosing the right face wash see "CLEAN: the best way to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy".

THE TAKEAWAY

Washing your face every day will ensure that your skin always looks fresh, clean and healthy.

Follow the five steps above and as a quick reminder keep in mind…

  • Only use lukewarm water.
  • Don’t use too much product.
  • Gently massage in the product using a circular motion.
  • Avoid using a washcloth or sponge.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soapy residue, especially from your beard.
  • Pat dry gently.
  • Don’t rub with the towel, especially if you are prone to acne.
  • Keep a separate small towel just for YOUR face – and wash it at least once a week.

Just washing your face every day is going to make all the difference to how your face looks and feels, so it’s definitely worth getting it right.

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