As simple as it seems, washing your face isn’t something to skimp on. The delicate skin gets a harsh dose of reality when exposed to nature’s elements, the effects of aging, and the makeup routines we have been practicing since our teens. We wax, pluck, squeeze, and pull. From sweating to sobbing, our faces truly go through the ringer. That’s why washing properly is so essential.

Here are my tips for taking care of your face, specific to washing well. It is not time consuming or confusing, but perhaps a different approach than what you have been doing. A few simple changes can save your skin, leaving you with a killer complexion.


Go Gentle

No matter how dirty your face may get or how much makeup you’re wearing, a rough wash won’t do you any favors. It’s important to treat your skin tenderly, so wash your face with this in mind. Invest in a super soft washcloth, non-irritating/chemical-free products, such as a mild facial wash foam, and use your fingertips lightly. Take your time to reach every nook and cranny, remove all traces of dirt and makeup, and do that final rinse when you’ve completed the cycle.

You can also consider using facial cleansing wipes, but be sure they are as natural as possible, with no heavy perfumes or crazy chemicals. Additionally, I’m loving this konjac sponge with activated charcoal. It exfoliates lightly, leaving my skin feeling baby soft. The charcoal detoxifies, and the texture of the sponge stimulates blood flow. For less than $10.00, it’s a beauty must that makes sense.

Keep in mind, refrain from using your average body soap or shampoo in the shower on your face. It can be drying, as convenient as it may be.


Twice Is Nice

Wash your face in the morning and at night before bed, no matter how tired you are. Sleeping with anything on your face will clog pores and potentially cause breakouts. Plus, it would benefit your skin to apply a lightweight moisturizer after washing, to keep the skin hydrated and ward off fine lines and wrinkles.

If you wash your face more frequently than this, you run the risk of stripping the skin of its natural oils. Unless it’s a must-do, stick to the twice-per-day routine.


Keep It Cool

Washing with piping hot water may feel fabulous, but it’s not the best for your skin. Run the water cool or lukewarm for the best temperature your face can tolerate. While the steam from the hot running water is great for opening and unclogging pores, the harsh hot temp will do a number on your skin, perhaps even irritating it when applied directly.


Pat It Down

After cleansing your face, use a clean hand towel to dry, but do not rub or get rough. Pat the excess water from your skin, just enough so it’s not dripping. The less friction you create, the better, so be delicate and deliberate.


There is nothing like a fresh face to make you feel clean and comfortable. Upon waking up, it revitalizes me, and before I hit the hay, it is relaxing and refreshing. Get into the habit of being good to your skin. You will notice a difference and so will everyone else. Put your best face forward and feel fabulous!