Washing Your Face: Are You Doing It Right?
The Science Behind Washing Your Face The Right Way!
These days, there's no shortage of videos, tutorials, one-liners, products, and doctors giving all kinds of advice on everything.
Unfortunately, much of this advice is conflicting. This is especially true in skincare, and even more true when it comes to washing your face.
It sounds crazy, but you may be washing your face wrong every day, causing you skin irritation that can be remedied with a few simple changes.
In this blog we talk about the best, most effective way to wash your face and achieve better overall skin health.
USE AN ALL-NATURAL CLEANSER
When looking at the best way to wash your face, it really begins with what you choose to wash with.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends you use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that DOESN'T INCLUDE ALCOHOL. (1)
Many dermatologists go one step further.
Dermatologists want you to think of your cleanser as a base for the rest of your skincare regimen, which means keeping things simple and ALL-NATURAL. (2)
Chemicals and artificial ingredients and fragrances in your facial cleanser, such as parabens, alcohol, and sulfates can strip away your body's healthy oils and put you at risk of hormonal problems and even cancer. (3)
FUN FACT: Don't scrub your face while washing. This can irritate your skin and undo the soothing effects of your wash!
Though your skin requisite (oily, sensitive, dry, combination, etc.) is unique to you, it's important to remember that everyone needs the same basic requirements from their cleanser.
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Regardless of skin type, wash for 20-30 seconds, or until you've worked up a good lather. Washing too long can actually hurt your skin. (4)
Then, once you've finished washing, pat your face dry with a clean towel so you don't transfer bacteria back onto your face. (5)
So which gentle, all-natural cleanser is best for you?
Garner's Garden 100% All-Natural Organic Face Wash is specially formulated with essential oils to fight acne and reduce acne marks; safe for use multiple times per day!
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USE WARM WATER
Although hot water may feel good, and cold water may give you the jolt you need to wake up in the morning, warm water is the best temperature to wash with. (6)
Hot water strips your skin of your natural oil barrier you need to maintain the structural integrity of your skin and proper hydration levels. (7)
What's more, hot water actually destroys your skin's necessary tissue and causes your blood vessels to dilate. This can lead to skin conditions worsening, and the appearance of visible capillaries under your skin. (8)
FUN FACT: Hot water destroys the network of blood cells under your skin, giving off the illusion of wrinkles. Wash with warm water, and look younger today! (9)
Cold water is great if you want to shrink your pores, but doesn't do an adequate job of removing the dirt and grime of the day off your face.
If you do insist on cold water, it may be best to splash in some during your morning wash, when you wake up with puffy cheeks after sleep. (6) (10)
Most dermatologists do recommend warm water as a general rule of thumb, though, as it's a good balance between the two extremes of hot and cold water. (11)
So what else can balance your skin's oil production?
Garner’s Garden 100% All-Natural Normalizing Face Oil works great after washing with warm water by balancing your skin's oil production; perfect for all skin types this fall!
FOLLOW IT UP WITH A MOISTURIZER
Washing your face doesn't end when you put your cleanser down. When you're done washing, it's time to moisturize.
Dermatologists recommend you moisturize while your face is still slightly wet. This helps you to absorb moisture more easily, and then lock it in. (12)
A GREAT MOISTURIZER pulls double duty, providing you the necessary moisture and nutrients, as well as using the moisture your skin already has to keep you hydrated. (13)
FUN FACT: Dermatologists recommend you use sunscreen AND moisturizer. So why not have them both in one product. Garner's Garden 100% All-Natural 4D Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum and 100% All-Natural Normalizing Face Oil are all-natural sunscreens that provide maximum hydration AND reduce your risk of skin cancer! (14)
Moisturizers are especially important in the fall and winter, when colder temperatures and indoor heating can leave your skin dry and flaky. (15)
Dry skin on its own, though, isn't your worst problem. Dry skin can lead to cracking and the breakdown of your natural skin barrier. Moisturizing actually recreates this natural skin barrier, and gives you the healthy hydration you need. (16) (17)
Moisturizers lock in moisture to your skin using an all-natural glue type substance! (Source: ScienceABC (25))
Moisturizing also fights the symptoms of aging, as dry skin is directly related to your age. Moisturizing keeps your skin looking younger, which will make you feel younger too! (18)
With the endless supply of artificial over-the-counter moisturizers on the market today, where can you find the BEST ALL-NATURAL MOISTURIZERS?
Check out Garner’s Garden 100% All-Natural 4D Hyaluronic Moisturizing Layer, which relieves dry and flaking skin, and binds water to make you look healthy and feel younger!
DON'T OVERDO IT ... BUT DON'T UNDERDO IT!
We've covered how scrubbing too hard can irritate your skin when cleansing, but it doesn't stop there. It's also important that you only wash your face twice a day. (19)
Over-washing can ironically lead to excess oil production, which can lead to acne, skin irritation, and the loss of your natural skin structure. (20)
Over-washing is also a potential problem for people as we enter fall, where their skin may already be beginning to dry out. (15)
FUN FACT: Ironically, sweat cleans your pores, so it's best to use a GENTLE CLEANSER after exercising. (21)
But just as important as it is to not over-wash, you also should not under-wash your face.
Washing your face every night rids yourself of all the dirt and impurities that build up on your face throughout the day. If not, these pollutants can cause irritation and breakouts. (22)
It's also essential you wash in the morning to - yeah, wake yourself up! - but also clean off all the bacteria and oil that cakes up on your face and from your bed overnight. (23)
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