Ever wonder what’s the point in washing your face or if you’re even cleansing properly? I think we have all done that at some point right?! Especially when you’ve had a few glasses of champagne and you’re not really in the mood to take your makeup off!
So before I go onto the reason why here, let me just give you three cool facts about the skin.
Fact number 1: Each 3cm sq of skin that we have contains approximately ten hairs, 15 sebaceous glands, 100 sweat glands and 100cm of teeny tiny blood vessels.
Fact number 2: Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour. About 700g a year.
Fact number 3: The average person has 20,000 cm sq of skin and 300 million skin cells.
Pretty cool facts huh?!
So, the reason why we wash our faces morning and night is to get rid of the sweat, pollution and dirt that gets onto our faces as we go about our daily lives. If we don’t cleanse every day, then we get a build up of dead skin and dirt which leads to pesky spots, and that my friend, just isn’t fun and won’t help you glow.
So now you know a little bit more about the skin and why we cleanse, below tells you exactly how to cleanse like a pro.
Cleansing is fabulous! It is the most important step in skincare and if done right, can help to pave the way to beautiful skin. It washes away the day and the dirt.
Always start with clean hands, so go and wash them! Make sure your tresses are tied back so you can access the hairline and edges of face. The follow the step by step process below.
Step number 1: Pop a 10p piece size of cleanser into your hands and massage together. This helps to warm the product and expand it for easier application. Make sure you don’t wet your face before applying the cleanser. Wet skin will make the product glide over your face rather than stick to it and get the dirt off.
Step number 2: Apply to your skin using both hands. Start at the forehead and apply the cleanser all over the skin using the pads of your fingers to apply quite a deep pressure but being careful around the eye area. Massage well all over to help boost circulation and begin to work the cleanser in, using small, circular movements.
Step number 3: Leave the cleanser on the face for a minute or two to allow it to melt away the dirt and make-up which will then allow the make-up to come off more efficiently onto the cotton pads or a muslin cloth.
Step number 4: Remove with damp cotton wool pads/muslin cloth or just warm water, starting at the neck and ending at the temple point.
I normally double cleanse whenever I get the chance because this ensures I’m removing the last little bits of dirt and grime from my face so there is no build up left. When I’m doing the second cleanse, I like to rinse out my muslin cloth, hold it under the tap of hot water, squeeze the excess out and then apply to my face again, so that the cleanser goes deeper into the layers of my skin and the heat gently steams my face. Repeat a couple of times, if you have the chance.
Now that you’re dirt free, we move onto toning your face! Yes, toning is not just for your tush, it’s for that gorgeous mush of yours as well!
The reason we tone is to refresh and remove any trace of cleanser left on the skin. If you have cleansed properly, then your skin will feel clean but not dry and taught. If it feels like this then check the products you’re using as they may be a little harsh for that beautiful face of yours. Rosewater is a really good, natural product if you decide to tone as it has no alcohol in it, therefore does not strip the skin of any natural lipids or fats. I love toning. I feel refreshed and I also keep some at my desk so the air con doesn’t dry out my skin during the day. Now to tone that face of your properly, just follow the below simple steps.
Step number 1: Soak cotton pads in toner and, starting at the neck, work upwards towards the temples.
Step number 2: Let the toner dry on the skin for a little bit so it soaks up all of the product and gives it a chance to work its magic.
I love serums. I feel like they give my skin that extra boost of hydration before I put my moisturiser on and I love the way my makeup then glides across my face after having put it on. It makes my skin look plump, refreshed and glowing, but it’s also not for everyone. Make your own call on this as you’ll know how your skin feels with and without a serum. If you like the way it feels and looks then go for it, if you don’t, then leave this step out. Remember, you are your own expert on your skin.
A serum is a gel like or water based product, which goes on before moisturising. It will be lighter than your moisturiser and have a specific job to do, for example, targeting dryness or spots, or reducing fine lines etc.
Step number 1: Warm the product up in your hands then gently apply across the face, neck and décolletage.
So far, so good! The final step is one of my favs. Moisturising. It feels so nice to massage something lovely and soothing into your skin, especially at the end of the day, right before your beauty sleep. But what is a moisturiser?
Moisturiser is a mix of ingredients that are blended with oil and water to help give the top layer of your skin the goodness it needs. It can help protect your skin from pollution, stop it drying out and keep your oil production under control too.
Not everyone needs a moisturiser such as teenage oily skin, but if you are putting it on, bear in mind your skin type and where to put it. Then follow the process below.
Step number 1: Place a small amount of moisturiser in your hands to warm up the product.
Step number 2: Apply starting at the neckline and working upwards. Finally, finish with a little pressure on your temples set you up for the day or relax you at night.
For deeper cleansing and prepping of the skin.
Sometimes the above steps are just not enough. Blemishes and dry skin may need some extra attention and/or exfoliation. There are lots of products available but ultimately, it’s what you are happy with and works best for you. Make-up and skin prep is a very personal thing, so what works for one beauty, may not work for you.
Invest in an exfoliator so you can give your skin some extra attention when you feel it needs it and use circular motions checking constantly to ensure that you aren’t irritating the skin.
If your lips are super dry and you need to make them super soft for smooches, use the same technique or keep a clean toothbrush handy and brush along your smackers until the dry skin has been removed.
Finally wash the face to remove any excess scrub and head onto toning and moisturising.
Congratulations! Lesson three is complete!