A Proper Cleansing Routine
Have you ever wondered…am I doing this right? Is there a better way?
Do I have to wash my face morning and night?
What order do I put my products on?
Do I need to use a toner?
Do I use hot water, cold water, warm water?
Is it enough to splash water on my face?
These and other similar questions I am asked often by my clients.
So today, I am walking you through a proper cleansing routine.
Why should I wash my face?
First, let’s talk about the importance of have a consistent skincare routine for both the morning and evening.
At the end of the day you want to remove make-up, dirt, pollution that has accumulated on your skin. All day long you have been touching your face, unintentionally, making your face one of the dirtiest parts of your body. Think about all the dirty surfaces your hands touch all day long.
What’s the #1 reason many people go to bed without washing their faces? They are tired. It takes discipline and effort to perform a nighttime skin care routine, especially when you’re tired and feeling unmotivated. However, I’m here tell you that if you want your skin to perform at its best, you really must do it. While you sleep, your skin naturally repairs and restores itself, and cleaning it before you go to bed maximizes this effect. So, skipping the pre-bedtime step can damage your skin.
In the morning, your product selection is different. For example, Vitamin C serums are applied in the morning, while products infused with vitamin A are used in the evening. You will probably not do a double cleanse in the morning, but you still want your skin clean and ready to receive the benefits of the products designed for daytime use.
Let’s gather our supplies, equipment, etc.
- Cleanser appropriate for your skin type.
- White wash cloths (I’ll explain in a bit why I like white washcloths) and here are some that I like; baby washcloths because they are soft and gentle on the skin.
- 2 x 2 wipes (I like to use these for applying Toner/Lotion because they do not absorb a lot of product.) I recommend a product similar to these.
- Toner/Lotion appropriate for your skin type.
- Sun Protection (for AM)
Also for the purpose of this tutorial, a face begins at the hairline at the top of your forehead and ends at your décolletage or just beneath your collarbone.
Now you know why you should be washing your face, and you have gathered your supplies, so let’s begin.
- Wash your hands. Earlier I mentioned that our hands touch all sorts of objects and most of those objects are dirty (think of the steering wheel of your car – eck!!)
- In the evening, remove your make-up. In the morning, skip this step.
- Using warm water, moisten your white washcloth, wring it out and apply gently to your face, neck and décolletage. This step moistens and softens the skin to begin the cleanse.
- Apply the appropriate cleanser for your skin type. Remember your face begins at the hairline of your forehead and ends at your décolletage (below your collarbone). Not sure what your skin type is, schedule a consultation and I’ll help you determine if your skin is normal, dry, sensitive, etc.
- Massage the cleanser into your skin without the use of water for the first cleanse. Massage for about 1 minute.
- Moisten your hands with warm water and continue to massage cleanser into the skin, do this about 1 minute.
- Moisten your washcloth in warm water; place the open washcloth on your face and press gently into your skin. Then beginning at your forehead, very gently begin to remove the cleanser. Being very careful to be very gentle and methodical.
- In the evening, repeat steps 5-7 for a second cleanse. This is very importance if you wear make-up during the day. If you don’t wear make-up you may be able to skip this second cleanse. Remember, you want your skin to be very clean, because your skin repairs and restores itself overnight. The reason I like white washcloths is; you will be able to see that you have removed all traces of make-up from your skin and that your skin is clean.
- Take a 2×2 wipe and pump enough lotion/toner to apply to your face. In the Rhonda Allison line, the lotions/toner are the first step of the “corrective” phase of the skincare routine. The 2×2 should be clean when you finish applying the product to your face, meaning there should be no trace of make-up, mascara, etc. Remember to apply product to your forehead, neck and décolletage.
- Corrective, such as C-Peptide Serum or C-Stem Cell Serum (morning), Synergy A or Chronopeptide (evening) or any other serums that have been selected for your skin type or condition.
- Moisturizer appropriate for your skin type or condition.
- SPF for daytime protection from the sun.
Your cleansing routine should be a nurturing and nourishing self-care routine you indulge in every day. In the morning, it is a gentle way of easing into the day and in the evening, a time to reflect on your day and prepare for a good night’s sleep.