[Guide] How to wash your face (for each skin type)

For the series “skincare basics” I want to give you some advice on how to wash your face, what products to use, and what to avoid. Sorry, I hate introductions…  let’s get into it right away.

Washing your face (the right way) – Why is it so important?

Because if you don’t do it properly you could damage your skin. Symptoms of this could be redness or dryness. When your skin is constantly dry , no matter the time of the year or climate, you probably are being too aggressive.

The most common mistakes:-Overdoing it. You don’t need to wash your face more than twice/day – if you don’t wear makeup stick to once a day.-Using the wrong products. This habit can lead to skin dryness and damages to the barrier which turn into more skin dryness (when the barrier is damaged the skin can’t keep moisture inside). See down below for what the “wrong products” are. Using the wrong products include using the same products you use for the body (body washes or even shampoos).-Not using anything. While this might be better compared to using a bar soap it is still not ideal. Tap water it is definitely not ideal plus it doesn’t remove pollutants and other impurities.

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How often should you wash your face?

You don’t need to wash your face more than twice/day – if you don’t wear makeup stick to once a day. Are there exceptions to this rule?

Yes, if you sweat a lot gently wipe off sweat each time. Because sweat is rich In salts it can lead to skin dryness unless you wipe it off.

After I eat chips my lips feel super dry – do yours feel the same way?The concept is the same.

What ingredients should you avoid ?

For the face it is better to avoid all anionic surfactants. Let me give you some definitions and name to make things clear.

What are surfactants?

Basically surfactants are the ingredients that are able to clean and wash. They’re detergents and foaming agents present in shampoos, body washes, face washes, micellar water cleansers but also in dish detergents, laundry detergents and so on. 

Are they all the same?

Clearly they’re not or else I would’t be here on Halloween Saturday morning writing this article 🙂

Clearly they’re not or else I would’t be here on Halloween Saturday morning writing this article …A practical way to classify surfactants is based on the charge on their molecule. Anionic: negatively charged.Cationic: positively charged. Amphoteric (Zwitterionic) : both (positive charge is on one part of the molecule and negative on a different one.Non -ionic: no charge.Here’s what you need to know:-Anionic surfactants are the *most effective* in cleaning which also makes them the *most aggressive*. These can be used on the body (they’re mitigated by the association with less aggressive agents). They can be recognized by the name and by the fact they’re the ones that make the most foam. Anionic surfactants include the “famous” sulphates which have a bad reputation (although for the wrong reason). The list of the most common includes ammonium and sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium dodecyl sulfate, sodium laureth & Myreth sulfate, sodium stearate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate. -Cationic: very common in conditioning products rather than cleaning ones. They include chemical classes such as Amines, Alkylimidazolines, Alkoxylated Amines, and Quaternized Ammonium Compounds (or Quats). Attention: cationic surfactants can cause irritation.- Amphoteric surfactants. These are mild and are often used to clean while also conditioning. Very common in baby products. Amphoteric surfactants do not exist as “natural”. This is something to keep in mind if you’re looking for a 100% natural product (which you shouldn’t but hey just saying).-Non ionic. Very low foaming properties. The most common in cleansers are polisorbate 20, sorbitan stearate and decyl glucoside (considered natural).

14 thoughts on “[Guide] How to wash your face (for each skin type)

    • Luisa says:

      Cleansers that get rinsed off after a few seconds can contain all ingredients you want BUT none of those is gonna be effective as it gets removed from the skin right away. Conversely leave on cleansers can contain active ingredients such as salicylic acid. My point is that if you want to use salicylic acid it should be in a leave on product.

  1. rida says:

    my skin is dry sensitive acne prone skin which cleansers are best for me? one with active ingredients or the hydrating ones? i use salicylic acid cleanser. plz explain and tell me. i have salicylic exfoliant paulas choice as well. which is use twice a week only…. but for cleanser which should i choose? with the active ingredient or the hydrating one?

      • Leslie Vargas says:

        Should we rinse it off though? Your article says micellar water is anionic, which makes it an aggressive cleaner. Thoughts?

        • Luisa says:

          Hi Leslie, there’s no need to rinse it off but you can do it if you prefer. Micellar water doesn’t contain anionic surfactants so no it is not aggressive.

  2. myriam says:

    i suffer from hormonal acne each time i get my period 🙁 is micellar water enough to clean my face ? and what product should i use to clear the pimples/spots ?

  3. COMFORT says:

    I do have reoccurring acne that pores out each time. I just started a new product hopefully I see changes

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