Washing your face is a no-brainer, right? Well, not exactly. A survey found that 80 percent of Americans make at least one or more common mistakes when cleansing their face, and more than 50% of us neglect to cleanse before bedtime.
Meanwhile, overwashing your face can be just as harmful as not doing it at all.
There are plenty of benefits to washing your face the right way. Removing dirt and buildup can help prevent acne breakouts.
Ridding your skin of pollution buildup “minimizes free radical damage caused by particulate matter in the air, which is associated with a ton of negatives for your skin.
What’s more, washing your face is key to removing dead cells that build upon the skin and contribute to bad skin.
Develop a healthy face moisturizer routine that will allow you to have flawless skin.
Face Moisturizer Benefits for Skin
A good daily skincare routine is essential for maintaining healthy-looking, fresh skin, but every once in a while we need a better understanding of the benefits.
More precisely, you should have a skincare routine that encourages you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
By making it a habit of taking care of your skin, you end up not only with beautiful skin but the confidence that it adds.
Here is a Quick List of Face Moisturizer Skin Benefits:
- Look Younger
- Prevent Dryness
- Fight Acne
- Sun Protection
- Save Sensitive Skin
- Treating Yourself
Having healthy routines can make a bigger impact on overall health and happiness, especially when it comes to the way we look and feel. More importantly, understanding how to effectively have a skin routine will allow you to take things to the next level.
1) Proper Face Washing Etiquette
As crazy as it sounds, you may be washing your face wrong! We know it seems so easy. Just add soap and water and SCRUB, right?
There’s actually a scientific method to face washing that ensures you remove as much dirt as possible while protecting the skin afterward. This method revolves around the temperature of the water you use at different points in your face wash routine. Here is the proper way to wash your face:
Splash with WARM WATER
This opens your pores so that you can access the dirt and particles you wish to remove from your skin. If you’re in a shower, the extra steam will assist with this step, but if you’re not in a shower, you should splash your face with the warm water a few times to make sure the pores are opened and ready to go.
Wash with WARM or HOT water
Now that your pores are open, you can bring out the face wash and get to work! Get all in those pores by using your favorite face wash and a face sponge. You can also use a small towel or your HANDS if you’re opting for a gentle wash. The reason you want to maintain the warm water in this process is that you want to keep the pores open as you clean them.
Coldwater or air could cause your pores to begin closing, which would be counterproductive to the purpose of this step! Feel free to increase the temperature here, but make sure you don’t go TOO hot. We wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself.
Rinse with WARM WATER
You’ve already scrubbed the impurities from your pores, but now they’re sitting on top of your skin waiting to sink back into those pores and cause pimples (those pesky impurities are very sneaky!) You’ve got to finish the job and get them off of your body FOR GOOD. So you must rinse your face with warm water COMPLETELY.
It’s important that you rinse with WARM water in this step because since your pores are still open, some of the impurities are trying to make their way back. You want to keep them open to ensure you’re getting the maximum toxins out of your skin.
Rinse with COLD WATER
Yay! You washed your face and got all that dirt down the drain. You’re almost done, but your pores are still open! You must immediately rinse with COLD WATER to close your pores! By closing your pores, you are protecting them from new impurities that may look for shelter. Once you’re finished rinsing with cold water, dry your face with a clean towel, and YOU’RE DONE 🙂
2) Moisturizing Regimen
Well, there’s actually a 5th step in Proper Face Washing Etiquette:
Once you are finished washing your face and your pores are closed, you should use a moisturizer to protect, soften, and heal your skin. The biggest struggle women have with this step is that they never know what to look for in a moisturizer. Here are a few things to say NO to when shopping for a moisturizer:
- NO alcohol ingredients (tends to dry out skin)
- NO petroleum (clogs pores)
- NO artificial fragrances (often causes skin reactions)
- NO ingredient list with 10+ items (too many ingredients = poor quality product)
When it comes to your skin, you want to feed it tenderly. It’s your largest organ, and you should treat it with care.
When you need a moisturizer that is gentle on the skin but strong enough to provide a safe barrier from impurities, we recommend Waxelene’s Botanical Jelly.
- Waxelene is made up of FOUR organic ingredients
- Waxelene doesn’t include petroleum jelly
- Waxelene is so gentle that it’s used on babies
Waxelene is one of the most versatile multi-use ointments on the market. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself!
We’ve all heard of exfoliation before, but let us define it for you:
Exfoliation: the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin using a chemical, granular substance, or exfoliation tool.
One myth about exfoliation is that it’s an aggressive version of a normal face wash. This is not true.
Referring back to Beauty Tip #1, your face-washing routine is all about getting the dirt and impurities from inside your pores. It’s all about CLEANING what’s underneath the skin.
Exfoliation, on the other hand, is more about removing the outermost layer of skin which consists of dead skin cells. The goal isn’t to go deep into your pores.
The goal is to create friction at the surface of your skin to agitate and release the dead skin cells. Since this process is less concerned with what’s beneath the pores, the temperature is not a factor in exfoliating.
You can effectively exfoliate in any temperature of the water as long as you’ve created sufficient tension on the surface. Now, let’s talk about how we create that tension:
Most exfoliators have solid particles in them to increase tension on the skin’s surface. Sometimes they’re little charcoal bits, clay balls, or sugar.
Also, another way to create friction if you don’t have an exfoliator with solid particles is to use a face brush or textured towel. By moving either of these on your face in a swift, circular motion, you’re sure to get those dead skin cells moving!
If you have sensitive skin, you may prefer not to use a product with solid particles. It may agitate your skin or be too painful.
That’s okay! There are exfoliators that include enzyme powder. This powder helps to break down the dead skin cells so that aggressive friction isn’t required.
It’s best to exfoliate twice a week. Most beauticians suggest exfoliating 3 times a week, but when you’re using your Waxelene Botanical Jelly, you don’t have to repair dead skin so often because our ointment is constantly hydrating and repairing your skin.
For those who don’t use Waxelene, we would recommend exfoliating 3-5 times a week.
Now, we know there are many exfoliators on the market, and they can be a bit pricey! They’ll cost an arm and a leg, and they’ll justify it by saying “a little goes a long way.”
TRUST US! When exfoliating, you’ll want to cover all bases, and you’ll use more than suggested.
So, to give the best recommendation while also considering your pockets at the moment, we’ve decided to share our favorite Home-made Face Scrub/Exfoliator recipe:
Brown Sugar + Beeswax Face and Body Scrub
- 1 cup of Brown Sugar
- 1/3 Cup of almond oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil (pick one)
- 2 tablespoons of Waxelene Botanical Jelly
- 10 drops of essential oil for fragrance (if desired)
- Mix the sugar and oil well until you have a thick, textured exfoliator
- Add essential oil to the mix and stir in thoroughly (if used)
- Apply the mix to wet skin using your hands, a sponge, or a washcloth. Use circular motions to create the most friction to remove the most dead skin.
- Rinse off the mix thoroughly (if you are exfoliating in the shower, you should wait until after you’ve washed and exfoliated LAST)
- Enjoy your smooth, buttery skin
Exfoliating will make your skin feel SURREAL, and our exfoliator recipe can be used as often as you’d like. Did you know that exfoliating after shaving creates a smooth skin surface and even helps to prevent ingrown hairs or excessive shave bumps? Totally worth it!
We hope these tricks were helpful! Take some time for yourself this week and use Waxelene for the ultimate skin treatment.