Any good skincare regimen should start with an effective face wash. Your facial cleanser lays the groundwork for your next step in your grooming routine. In other words, you should not be applying a moisturiser directly onto dirty skin. An expertly formulated face wash will get rid of all the dirt, impurities and excess oil. It’s especially important for men who lead an active lifestyle – all that sweat can leave your face prone to breakouts and irritation.
As a general rule, washing your face twice a day is a good habit that’s worth getting into and consistency will give you great results. To maintain that habit, you need to know how to wash your face properly and to use the right face wash for men.
Below are six steps to help you cleanse your face like a pro.
1. Choose the right face wash for your skin
If your skin is dry or sensitive, opt for a face wash that will cleanse away impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. We recommend the Clarins Hydrating Cleansing Duo with moisture-rich organic aloe vera extract. It will leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. If your skin is oily or prone to acne, it’s even more important to wash your face daily to clear away the excess oil. Look for an oil-free cleanser that contains salicylic acid, which helps in reducing acne and preventing further breakouts. Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Cleanser is a good product to use.
2. Make sure your hands are clean
Fellas, you should get out of that mindset that if you’re washing your face, it’ll clean your hands, too. Think about it, if you’re washing your face with dirty hands, you’re rubbing all that dirt directly onto your skin and that could contribute to clogged pores and breakouts. So give your hands a quick wash with a non-drying handwash like L’occitane SheaHand Body Wash.
3. Use lukewarm water
Before applying your cleanser, splash your face with lukewarm water. The same goes for when you’re in the shower. This will aid in helping your face wash lather well and do its job. Garnier Pure Active Daily Pore Scrub Wash is great if you have combination skin as it contains microbeads to exfoliate skin and unclog pores.
4. The right way to apply your face wash
Apply a pea-sized amount into the palm of your hand. Spread the cleanser evenly onto your face, using gentle, circular motions for at least 30 seconds. Be gentle around the eye area where the skin is most sensitive and prone to fine lines. If you have a beard, washing your skin underneath your beard will keep dryness and beard dandruff at bay. Nivea Men Deep Clean Face Wash cleanses your skin and beard from residues and excess oils.
5. Rinse and pat dry completely
Make sure you give your face a good rinse with lukewarm water again after cleansing. Dry your skin by patting your face lightly with a clean, soft towel. 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. It will be a gentle and refreshing experience if you add this luxury hand towel to your skincare regimen.
6. Apply a suitable face moisturiser
Pro tip: Moisturising your face while it’s still slightly damp will help lock in the moisture on your skin. We recommend applying a moisturiser with an SPF like Clarins UV Plus SPF 50 during the day. And the Elemis Superfood Night Cream is the perfect moisturiser to feed the skin vital moisture while you sleep.