Jenny McHenry from Gotham Skincare, a blog dedicated to helping people maintain healthy skin has put together a fun article on ’49 ways to take care of your skin’. It’s packed full of good information in an easy to read format. This guide gathered many skincare methods all in one place so that there’s less confusion in what you can do to get healthier skin.
Washing and Care
Before you do anything, you should wash your hands. Why? Because you wouldn’t use a dirty cloth to wipe something down, so why should the same apply to the rest of your body, including the face? The primary way to wash your hands should be thorough, so let’s go with the CDC five-step specifications of handwashing since if it’s good enough for the CDC, it’s good enough for us.
First wet your hands with running water, and then lather them in soap. Make sure to get the back of your hands, as well as between the fingers where dry skin can form. Scrub your hands for about 20 seconds before rinsing and then drying them with a clean towel. If you’re concerned about the soap used, a pH-balanced hand wash made for skincare is available.
You should use lukewarm water when washing your face. Extremes in water temperature can cause irritation, so it’s best to have water that’s between those points so that your skin doesn’t get flushed. Micellar water is also a good alternative to lukewarm water, since it contains the micelle molecules it’s named after which breaks down debris like makeup and dirt more effectively.
3. Beware of over-washing, especially if you’re prone to dry skin. Remember that when showering you’re getting a face wash too, and that combined with a morning and evening at the sink can be too much for some people. Many products will have recommended amounts, and when it comes to skincare products there absolutely is such a thing as too much.
On the flip side, if you’re thinking about using less than recommended to get more worth out of a cleanser then you should also reconsider that too, otherwise, you run the risk of the cleanser not, well, cleansing, which isn’t worth it.