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Face Cleansing: What is the best way to cleanse your face?

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Table of Contents

  1. What do you need to do first thing in the morning?
  2. Why do you need to wash your hands?
  3. Why do you need to wash after sweating?
  4. How long should you stay in the shower?
  5. What are the benefits of rice water?
  6. How hot should your cleansing water be?
  7. What type of cleansers and sanitizers should you use?
  8. Does your shampoo matter?
  9. Have you checked your soap’s ingredients?
  10. What does exfoliation do?
  11. What should you do before exfoliating?
  12. Conclusion

On to the third step! Here, learn how to properly cleanse your face.

However, if you haven’t read the first two steps, you can find them here: understand your skin and protect your skin. Don't skip any chapters to give you a more holistic approach to taking care of your skin.


Be gentle with your skin. Treat it like you would a baby. You need to keep your skin clean so no dirt and grime build-up can occur. Having clean skin will also allow it to breathe better.

Always wash your face in the morning

It is always good to greet the morning with a renewed face. When you do, be liberal with the soap bubbles. Enjoy the experience with yourself! The morning is also a great time to give your face a little massage. Apply just enough pressure to get the circulation flowing!

hand washing

Wash your hands first

Wash your hands well before you go to wash your face. You would want only clean elements touching your skin - especially your face. While you're at it, bubble up your hands with soap first. Bring enough soap suds to your face to thoroughly cover the face and neck. This will get the cleaning job done well.

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Wash after sweating

Leaving sweat on the skin and allowing it to dry will build up to acne not only on your face but also on other parts of your body over time. If you have acne already, sweat can only make it worse. Pat sweat dry with a clean cloth or tissue and take a shower when you can.

Additionally, you can opt to wear highly absorbent sweatbands that’ll help you easily keep sweat off your face. Look for sweatbands that are lightweight and deliver a snug yet non-restrictive fit. Quick-drying and easy-to-wash, these versatile bands are low maintenance. What’s more, they are built to last!

Never over-wash or under-wash

While it feels good to stay in the shower for long periods, this will not benefit your skin as it will strip the skin of its natural oils and the skin microbiomes that keep the skin supple, healthy, and firm. Under-washing may also mean germs remain on your skin to multiply. Always keep a balance with everything you do.

Wash your face with rice water

Rice water is known to have fiber that cleanses the skin and replenishes it with nutrients. You may also use rice water as a toner and face mask. Rice water provides Vitamins A and C, natural antioxidants that also feed your skin’s microbiomes. The result of rice water on your face? More supple, bright, and glowing skin.

Keep your water lukewarm - NOT HOT

Remember the skin microbiomes and the skin’s natural oils? Hot water will strip your skin of them. Your skin bacteria are live microorganisms and may survive only at a certain heated temperature. Use bathing or washing water just warm enough - lukewarm - to maintain skin moisture and natural bacteria.

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Use the gentlest ingredients for cleansers and sanitizers 

There is a community of microbes or microbiomes in the skin. These “good bacteria” assist in the body’s nourishment, cleansing, and protection. These microorganisms serve their purpose by strengthening the skin’s protective barriers, moisture, and elasticity among other things.

Stripping the microbes off your skin leaves you bare to outside, mostly unwanted elements. Prolonged washing also strips off microbes, more so with the use of harsh soaps, sanitizers, and detergents. Studies back this, including how antibacterial soap inadvertently affected skin microbes. Antibacterial soap was discontinued after the second week of use.

Whenever you cleanse, use the gentlest ingredients, whether it is for the body, your clothes, or your home. Your best bet is to go natural and organic. Take care of your skin microbes to keep that healthy, clear, acne-free skin.

Check the ingredients in your shampoo

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Research the ingredients in your shampoo. Harmful chemicals may be the very reason your skin is breaking out. Look for a shampoo with gentle, and simple ingredients. 

Check the ingredients in your soap

Well, if you can’t eat it, why put it on your skin? Check closely what goes in your soap and if you are willing to let your skin “ingest” these ingredients.

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Exfoliation can be done weekly. Exfoliating means you clean the top layer of your skin so that it can breathe well and absorb moisturizers better. Make it a gentle exfoliation once in a while. The outer layer of skin renews only once in 28 days.

Check out this 3-minute video on how to properly exfoliate your skin.

Wash your face before you exfoliate

Washing and sanitizing is a healthy practice to protect ourselves from the pollutants that abound in our environment today. Hence, in every skincare routine, the first thing you should always do is wash. You will want to make sure that your face is clean before exfoliation. Doing this will greatly lessen the chances of acne appearing on your face or body. Let’s keep to our goal of clean, acne-free skin by washing all things clean.


Now that you know how and when to properly cleanse your skin as well as how to exfoliate, you can now move on to the next step - MOISTURIZING! Get ready to learn how to maintain strong facial integrity as you get acquainted with how to make use of topical moisturizers.

How to Get Clear Skin Outline

We’ve broken up the steps on the How to Get Clear Skin series into easily digestible categories. This is to help you not to get overwhelmed. Serving as your outline, here are the 8 main things that you’ll expect from this series to keep your skin acne-free and healthy.

  1. Understand your skin
  2. Protect your skin
  3. Cleanse your skin
  4. Moisturize
  5. Nourish yourself right
  6. Deal with that acne: Let’s face it!
  7. Keep flowing to get glowing
  8. Protect your face from the sun

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