April 29, 2017

Coming Clean

Bad news: You’ve probably been doing it wrong

It’s a daily task so simple, we hardly give it a second thought. But there’s a science to properly washing your face—and a whole lot of myths surrounding it. To guide us, esthetician Rula Sharkawi shares a few of her basic rules.

Choose wisely.
“Hydrating cream cleansers are a good choice for all, unless you have oily or acne-prone skin. In that case, you’ll want something water-based, like a gentle micellar cleansing water. And if you’re on the other end of the spectrum with dehydrated skin, try an oil cleanser. They’re super moisturizing and especially effective at removing makeup.”

Beat the heat.
“We’ve all been taught washing with warm water is beneficial because it opens and cleanses pores. But that’s simply incorrect. To tighten skin and minimize the look of pores, get in the habit of rinsing with cool to cold water—even in the shower. It’s great for face, hair, and body.”

Move up.
“Gravity takes its toll, so don’t add to the issue by pulling down. When cleansing or applying serums and moisturizers, always use upward movements. And be gentle—never wash aggressively. Then pat (don’t rub) with a clean wash cloth to dry. I never completely dry my skin to leave a little extra moisture.”

Scrub smart.
“Good exfoliation is key to healthy-looking skin. Some people do it, some don’t, and some overdo it. While the right balance varies on your skin type, I have some general guidelines. Physical exfoliants—scrubs, brushes, cloths—should be used no more than three times a week. If you prefer chemical exfoliation, I recommend Lotion P50 from Biologique Recherche. It’s gentle enough to use daily in place of your toner and won’t dry out your skin. But no matter what method, consistency is important.”

Finish strong.
“Serums should always be applied after cleansing and toning, but before moisturizing. If you use multiple serums, apply the most watery formulas first. Typically, the more liquid a serum, the deeper it will penetrate into the skin. So, layer those first and then thicker serums to create a hydrated surface.”

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