Are You Washing Your Face the Right Way?

Washing your face seems easy enough. Just massage on some cleanser, splash with water, and dry off…right? Not quite. While that’s a very generalized approach that would probably have some effect, there’s actually a method to the routine that can have a serious impact on your skin’s condition. Not sure if you’ve been going about it the wrong way this entire time? Here’s how to clean up your act—and your skin!

  1. Choose the Right Products

Nothing is more vital to your skin than using the right products to cleanse. Even solutions that receive high praise from the masses—whether touted by a celebrity on a television commercial or raved about nonstop by your BFF—may not be right for you. Take into account your skin’s unique type first. If you’re dry, a creamy or milky emulsion will soothe your complexion without stripping away moisture. Oily types do best with foaming and gel-based cleansers that cool while eliminating oil and dirt. Sensitive skins may require some trial-and-error experimentation, but in general it’s best to avoid products with fragrances, parabens, and other possible allergens. 

 

  1. Use Lukewarm Water

Hot water might feel great, especially on a chilly winter’s day, but it’s not going to do your skin any favors. In fact, using hot water to cleanse is a great way to strip your skin of its natural oils and exacerbate existing dryness. The switch here is simple—use lukewarm water during your routine so that you don’t have to worry about these additional concerns.

  1. Find a Real Cleanser

The quick fix is often the most appealing, and that’s especially true if you’re in a rush to wash your face at the end of the day. Makeup wipes are practical in a pinch and offer a sufficient way to remove makeup from your skin—we’re obsessed with NuFace Prep-N-Glow Cleansing Cloths  for that purpose. It’s smart to follow that up with a mild cleanser designed to gently remove any remaining oil, dirt, and debris, such as SkinMedica Facial Cleanser . 

  1. Treat Skin After Washing

Skin treatments, such as serums, face masks, and moisturizers, are enriched with penetrative ingredients that do their best work after you’ve cleansed your skin. This is when it’s barest and most receptive to any key ingredients that your complexion can use to its best advantage. So if you’re ready to try that new sheet mask set you got for Christmas—or want to treat yourself to the bareMinerals Hyperglow Mini Face Mask Collection for a little at-home TLC—make sure that you do that after your skin is freshly washed.

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The Must Have Products In Every Gym Bag

It’s a bit of a challenge to haul yourself to the gym before sunrise, but more often than not you get it done. What you do post-workout, though, is just as important as actually getting to the gym and completing your hardcore regimen. That’s because all that exercise has a tendency to do a number on your hair and skin. You don’t necessarily have to shower at the gym, but you should pack your gym bag with a few of these very essential items to take your workout game to the next level.

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No matter your hair type, you’ll probably have some sweat lingering on your scalp after your workout. Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo ($23.99) is a game-changer in the ever-burgeoning world of dry shampoos: it smells amazing, plumps hair up at the roots to provide some much-needed volume, and resists the usual powdery mess that is so typical of most of its counterparts. It contains hydrating argan and macadamia oils, both of which nourish your strands without weighing it down.

Those nightmare stories about breakouts that develop after a workout are no joke. Nip the problem in the bud by cleansing your skin with a powerful product, like Murad Clarifying Wipes ($15.99). They’re formulated to combat blemishes, remove dirt, sweat, and debris, and limit your skin’s excessive oil production. Swipe it over your face and neck after a workout to achieve an instantly fresh complexion.a274d5b420c9639472cd7a27e88fd0f0

To wear before, during, and after: Bliss Fabulips Glossy Balm ($11.99) absolutely nails it with an impressive formula that keeps lips continuously hydrated. It’s made with a hyper-moisturizing blend of shea butter and vitamin E, both of which deliver the goods on contact to leave your lips soft. There’s even a hint of mint to leave your breath smelling fresh. Dry air in the gym can really do a number on your lips in no time, so it’s a good idea to keep something like this on hand.

You don’t need to apply a full face of makeup after that fabulous workout session. Chances are you’re already sporting some pretty rosy cheeks, but if you want to boost your complexion while you’re running an after-gym errand, apply some Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain ($16.99) onto your cheekbones and call it a day. This is all you need to achieve that natural glow that mimics your skin’s innate beauty, and the twist-and-go formula is perfect for on-the-go touch ups.

Who actually wants to stow all of this stuff in an oversized gym bag and rummage around for it? What you need is a cute case to tote it in style, like this TIGI Cosmetics Bag ($1.99). An unbelievable deal, it’s sized just right for all of your essentials, and you can stick a few extras in there, too—think travel deodorant, hair ties, and a comb. P.S. Starting this week if you spend over $175 on SkinMedica Products you can receive a gift bag with four travel size SkinMedica products valued at over $105, that would be great additions to your gym bag. Just make sure to enter the code: FreshSkinM2 at check out.

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