- Pick up your gentle, non-abrasive H2.0 Facial Cleanser
- Pump a nickel-sized amount into your palm
- Gently massage the face wash into your skin for 30–60 seconds
- Rinse thoroughly with cool water to remove all traces of the cleanser
- Follow up with any treatments and moisturizer as necessary
That's it! Yup, taking care of your skin is super easy, but there's more to it than just picking out the right cleanser.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about facial cleansers and how to use them.
What is a facial cleanser?A facial cleanser is a skincare product specifically designed to clean your skin.
While face wash and hand soap might seem to do a similar job, a facial cleanser is specially formulated for the thin, delicate skin on your face.
In fact, facial cleansers help remove all the grime that collects on our skin throughout the day, such as:
- excess oil
- and dead skin.
The result is a fresh, clean skin surface ready to absorb the benefits of the next steps in your skincare routine.
So, how do you get the most out of your face cleanser? The key is to understand how it works, which we'll walk through next.
So, what do facial cleansers do?Facial cleansers act as the first line of defense in your skincare routine. Studies suggest that they work to eliminate:
- sweat and oil
- dead skin cells
- and pollutants from your skin.
This helps prevent your pores from getting clogged and breakouts.
But wait, there’s more! Some facial cleansers go beyond basic cleansing.
Some cleansers, like hydrating cleansers, not only clean but also use humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid to draw in water from the environment and keep your skin hydrated. These gentle cleansers also prevent from your face from feeling tight after washing it.
Other cleansers include ingredients that can treat acne, unwanted skin texture, hyperpigmentation, and a number of other skin concerns.
Why use a facial cleanser?
Using a facial cleanser is essential to remove dirt, sweat, and other impurities before they clog your pores, cause dullness, and disrupt your natural skin barrier.
Not only does it simply feel good to cleanse your skin, but washing your face is an essential step towards healthier skin.
Further, cleansing preps your skin to absorb other products. Think about it – if your skin is covered in a day's worth of oil and dirt, how well can your face masks, expensive serums, and moisturizers work?
Not very well at all! Cleansing ensures these products can do their job effectively.
Also, maintaining your skin's pH balance is crucial as it's naturally slightly acidic which helps protect against harmful microbes and pollution.
Cleansing helps maintain this balance and supports your skin's barrier function.
How to Use a Facial CleanserNow that we’ve covered the ‘why,’ let’s move on to the ‘how.’ The process of using a facial cleanser is quite straightforward, but it’s the small details that can make a big difference.
So, here’s a step-by-step guide to using a facial cleanser.
- Start off with clean hands, of course!
- Wet your face with lukewarm water.
- Pick up a gentle cleanser
- Apply a nickel-sized amount of cleanser to your fingertips.
- Gently apply the cleanser over your entire face and neck, but make sure to avoid your eyes and mouth
- Massage the cleanser into your skin in small, circular motions for up to 30-60 seconds
- Rinse your face gently with cool water until the face wash is entirely washed off
- Follow up with the treatments and moisturizer as necessary
Simple, right? By paying attention to these steps, you'll maintain healthy, glowing skin.
Choosing the Right Cleanser for Your Skin TypeOur skin types are as unique as our personalities. Hence, it’s imperative to keep your skin type and unique needs in mind when choosing a facial cleanser. Whether you have:
- dry skin
- oily skin
- sensitive skin
- or combination skin,
Finding an appropriate cleanser for your skin type is akin to finding the perfect pair of shoes - the right selection can make a world of difference. Here are some options based on different skin types:
- Dry skin: Look for a gentle, hydrating cleanser that will moisturize your skin.
- Oily skin: Opt for a stronger, oil-control cleanser to help remove excess oil or a cleanser with salicylic acid if you have acne.
- Combination skin: Find a cleanser that balances both dry and oily areas of your skin.
- Sensitive skin: Research suggests that individuals with sensitive skin should opt for extremely gentle and fragrance-free cleanser to avoid any potential skin irritation.
But remember, while finding the right cleanser is essential, it’s equally important to avoid harsh products. Stay clear of products that contain drying alcohols or harsh surfactants, as they can strip your skin of its natural oils.
Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the perfect cleanser for your skin!
Should face cleanser be used before or after a bath?
You should use a face cleanser is before stepping into a bath.
By removing dirt, oil, and makeup before bathing, your skin can fully reap the benefits of the cleanser without interference from other products.
While it may seem counterintuitive, cleansing your face beforehand ensures you don't wash away the cleanser's benefits with hot water.
Interestingly, it’s not the best idea to wash your face in the shower. Hot water can strip the skin’s natural protective barrier, leading to dryness, redness, and inflammation.
So, next time you’re about to hop in the shower, take a moment to cleanse your face first for optimal skincare benefits.
How often should you wash your face?
You should wash your face once or twice daily, in the morning and night, to maintain optimal skin health.
Dermatologists recommend this simple rule of thumb for maintaining healthy skin.
But life isn’t always simple, right? If you’re someone who sweats a lot, works out midday, or lives in a hot and humid climate, you might need to wash your face more often.
It’s all about listening to your skin and responding to its needs.
And here’s a nighttime skincare tip: never, ever sleep in your makeup. Not cleansing your face before bed can result in the accumulation of dirt and grime in your pores, potentially causing blockages, blackheads, and acne.
So, no matter how much fun you had or how tired you are, take a moment for skincare before hitting the hay!
Make Sure to Avoid Over-Cleansing!Over-cleansing, much like under-cleansing, can harm your skin. Over-cleansing can lead to:
- skin irritation
- increased oil production as the skin tries to compensate for lost moisture
- or skin dryness, which may trigger further oil production, potentially leading to breakouts.
- an overly oily or overly dry complexion
- new breakouts
- skin tightness after cleansing
- or increased sensitivity.
If you notice any of these, it might be time to review your cleansing routine.
To prevent over-cleansing, stick to the recommended twice-a-day cleansing routine and opt for a gentle cleanser.
Should you wash your face before shaving?
Yes, we recommend washing your face before shaving.
Washing your face before shaving helps soften your facial hair, makes it easier to shave, and removes dirt, oil, or other buildup that could clog your razor and cause irritation.
Additionally, washing your face before shaving reduces your chances of developing ingrown hairs and helps prepare both your beard hairs and skin for the closest, smoothest shave possible while preventing irritation and infection.
Can I wash my face after botox?
Yes, you can wash your face after botox, but we recommend using cool or lukewarm water.
Summary: How to Use Facial Cleanser
To use a facial cleanser, just pump out a nickel-sized amount of H2.O Facial Cleanser, gently massage for 30-60 seconds, rinse with cool water, and then apply any treatments or moisturizer you need.
This skincare routine will effortlessly care for your skin and give you that extra boost of confidence.
It's the simple steps that make a world of difference, leaving you with clean and healthier skin that you can confidently show off to the world!
Frequently Asked QuestionsCan I leave the cleanser on my face overnight?
No, do not leave your cleanser on your face overnight. Doing this can strip your skin of natural oils, leaving it dry and flaky. It's better to use a cleanser on your face for only 30-60 seconds, then rinse it off and apply some moisturizer.
Should I wash my face with soap after using cleanser?
No, you should not wash your face with soap after using a cleanser. Cleansers are designed specifically for the delicate, thin skin on your face while soaps contain harsh surfactants that can cause irritation and dryness. Once you cleanse your face, you can move on to using any serums or moisturizers you like.
What is the best age to start using facial cleansers?
The best age to start using a facial cleanser is around 10-12 years old, as this is when changes in skin and increased oil production often occur. Guide your kids to use a gentle cleanser daily to remove dirt, sweat, and oil from the face once or twice daily.
How many times can we use a cleanser in a day?
Generally, we recommend using a cleanser once or twice a day, morning and night. Over-cleansing can strip the skin of natural oils, so finding the right balance for your skin is important.
Can facial cleansers with alcohol ingredients clean more effectively?
Facial cleansers with alcohol can be effective but may dry out and irritate your skin. It's better to use gentle, hydrating options that effectively clean without causing dryness or irritation.