I came across this video by Hyram and just felt inspired to do a post on how to clean your skin properly.
Now it might be common sense for most people, but you will be surprise how many get it wrong. But I also feel this is great for those of you who just need a bit more detail to finalise your skin regime.
You can watch the video below or you can skim over the blog post as I highlighted his top tips and recommendations.
Why Should You Wash Your Face?
This might seem obvious for most, but some people go through life without washing their face, and for some, that’s fine and has no effect on their skin, however, for others, that can cause a whole new set of problems.
We should wash our face every day because our skin is exposed to so many elements including things like sun damage, pollution, touching your face with your hands after touching dirty surfaces, etc. The list can probably go on for a while.
So that’s why it’s important to cleanse your skin every day to get rid of all the gunk and toxins accumulated during your days out and about.
Not to mention, we’re all wearing masks and some wear them for the whole entire day.
Step 1: Figure Out Your Skin Type
Knowing your skin type is imporant to decide which tpye of cleamnser that you’re going to be using for your skiin.
Knowing whether you have sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin, is a crucial step to help you figure out which products will work for or against your skin.
For example, if your skin is already super dry, you might go the wrong direction and use something that’s for oily skin, which can often strip your skin of more moisture.
Skin Type Breakdown
- Super blessed
- Doesn’t feel tight or oily
- Usually soft with enought moisture
- Not sensitive to external factors
- Usually smaller pores
- Sensitive to heat, exfoliation and some skin treatments
- Gets super irritated
- Can have allergic reactions to certain skin care products or treatments which can cause redness or swelling.
- Skin reacts to products with added fragrance.
- The complete opposite of oily skin
- Skin is stripped of moisture
- Skin can be flaky
- Needs loads of moisture
- Skin often feels tight
- Skin can look and become super dry when applying makeup
- Often has smaller pores
- Reduces less sebum
- Shiny skin
- Often has breakouts
- Less visible wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- You might notice your makeup disappears quicker even if you’re using a primer.
- When you have both dry and oily skin
- Usually dry around the cheeks, eyes, and mouth
- Usually oily in the t-zone which includes your nose, forehead and chin
If you don’t like to analyse your skin by yourself, check out this quiz by Soko Glam here.
Step 2: Find a Good Cleanser
Hyram's Product Suggestions
Since there are hundreds of cleansers online and in store, Hyram suggests the following:
Youth to the People Kale and GreenTea, Spinach, Vitamins Superfood Cleanser (for oily skin)
Choose your own
If you’d like to choose your own, here are some of Hyram’s suggestions on what to look for:
- Look at the ingredients – If the second, third, or fourth ingredient includes Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, STAY AWAY. This ingredient can overly strip or damage your skin.
- Avoid three-in-one face cleansers.
- Avoid harsh facial scrubs. Stay away from St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Face Scrub.
Rather make use of a cleanser that just cleans your face and use another product for exfoliation.
Some Great Ones
Step 3: Wet Your Face
A really simple step is to wet your face. Hyram recommends washing your face when you shower.
Keep in mind if you shower in boiling hot water, reduce it to luke warm when you want to wash your face in the shower. Hot water will strip your skin of moisture, making it super dry.
Then take about a dime sized (about a 10/20 cent) of cleanser, rub it between your hands to let it foam and then gently massage it onto your skin.
Step 4: How to Properly Wash Your Face
A few tips from Hyram on washing your face:
- Aim to wash your face between 45 seconds to a minute.
- Less than that amount can prevent all the dirt from washing off your face
- More than a minute can cause you to strip your skin of moisture.
- Be gentle when washing your face – don’t press into your skin too hard
- Dry your face with a CLEAN towel. I don’t use a towel, instead I take a small piece of toiletpaper to dry my skin. I haven’t used a towel or other material to dry my face in years.
Step 5: Don’t Wait Too Long to Apply the Rest of Your Skin Care Products
The last and final step, don’t wait too long to apply the rest of your skin care products such as your toners, serums, moisterisers, etc.
If you wait about 30 minutes to add the rest of your products, your skin will be super dry and stripped by that time. Your skin will also be producing more oil since it doesn’t sense any hydration whatsoever on your face.
Hyram’s tip: Don’t wait more than 15 minutes to apply the rest of your skin care products.