Have you ever wondered if you’re washing your wash the right way? How hard could it possibly be? Warm water, cleanser, and a moisturizer for final touches, right?
It definitely can be that simple. (Spoiler alert: you don’t need a 27-step skincare routine) But cleaning your face the right way takes some work and research. We did the dirty work for you so you can focus on keeping your skin clean and healthy.
Why You Should Clean Your Face
Clean skin is healthy skin. Cleaning your face gets rid of dirt, makeup, dead skin particles, and debris that can clog your pores. But not all face cleaning routines are equal.
When and how you clean your face make all of the difference. Here are our top tip to ensure that your skincare routine is top notch.
When to Wash Your Face
Wash Your Face at Night
Have you ever gone straight to bed after a long day when your makeup on and woken up to a bumpy, pimpled face? Washing your face every night before going to sleep is important—especially if you wear makeup or workout. Washing your face at night ensures that you clean away dirt, natural oils, and sweat are not clogging your pores while you sleep.
While we are on the topic, sleep plays a key role in the health of your skin. Sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality may affect your skin’s ability to produce collagen and even break the skin barrier function and mucous membranes.
And in the Morning, Too
Don’t forget to refresh your face in the morning, as well. A quick rinse with clean water will help remove dirt, oil, and bacteria from your hair and bed linens that may have been transferred to your face. Additionally, this is a great time to wash off heavy night creams and treatments before applying your moisturizer and sunscreen for the day.
In the mornings, stay clear of harsh, drying cleansers that contain salicylic acids. Opt for gentle micellar water, instead.
Use the Right Water
Pick the Right Temperature
Hot, steamy water in show feels amazing on your face, but it can damage delicate facial skin by breaking skin tissue and stripping the skin’s oil barrier. This leads to dry, irritated skin. While washing your skin in the show is convenient, it is not recommended. Washing your face with cold water is also not effective. Cold and chilled water do not effectively remove dirt and oil.
Using lukewarm water from 36.5°C to 40.5°C (approximately 98°F to 105°F) is best for overall skin health. You can tell if the water is the right temperature with a quick test on your inner wrist. (If you have ever tested a baby bottle or bath water, it should be similar to that.)
Use Clean Water
Tap water contains contaminants like chlorine, heavy metals, bacteria, and other harmful chemicals that cause dry skin, redness, and irritation. Wash your wash with filtered water to keep your skin's barrier healthy.
Filterbaby's 3-step Faucet Filter takes a modern approach to skincare.
Step 1: Woven Mesh
The woven mesh filter captures large particles and sediments.
Step 2: Carbon Fiber
The activated carbon fiber removes up to 99% of chlorine without sacrificing water pressure.
Step 3: Hollow Fiber Membrane (our extra step!)
This final filter step is made of a very fine, highly-efficient Polyethylene Membrane that captures particles as small as 0.2 microns! This includes bacteria, algae, fungi, micoorganisms, cysts, parasites, and rust.
Pick the Right Products
When you are choosing your skincare products, take your skin type into consideration. Is your skin generally oily, dry, or combination? Do you have sensitive skin, acne, eczema, or another skin condition? Everyone has different skincare needs.
Dry and Sensitive Skincare Products
If you have dry and sensitive skin, use a gentle soap-free cleanser without salicylic or glycolic acid.
Look for cleansers with safe ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
Oily Skincare Products
For oily skin, try gel and foamy cleansers without soap or abrasive exfoliants.
Look for these dermatologist approved acids: benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid. Keep your pores clear and clean to help minimize excessive oil production and acne.
Don't Forget to Moisturize
After washing your skin with clean water and a proper cleanser, don't forget to follow up with a hydrating moisturizer and SPF.
Proper skincare is a lifelong journey, not a race. Moisturizer reduces dryness and excessive oil production. Sunscreen and SPF protect you from harmful UV rays.
Talk to Your Dermatologist
Your skin is your largest organ, so you should properly care for it. If you notice reoccurring irritation, stubborn acne, or other concerning symptoms, visit your dermatologist. Filterbaby is dermatologist tested and shown to improve skin moisture and health after use, because our filter removes common skin irritants, making it an ideal choice for those suffering from chronic skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. Speak to your dermatologist about the tools and products you are using to ensure your routine is the right fit for you.