CLEAN: the best way to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy

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One of the fundamentals for fresh, clean, healthy skin is washing your face thoroughly every single day, using the best face wash for your skin type.

man washing face in bathroom

Cleaning your face every day is a good habit that’s worthwhile getting into. Consistency will get you great results!

And to build that habit, every man needs a go-to face wash - one that you can use daily as part of your grooming routine and be sure that it will clean away the gunk but at the same time it won’t dry out your skin.

We want to make sure you give your face the cleanse it deserves so we’ve outlined what to look for when choosing the best face wash for your skin type.

Like most skincare, the less complicated you make it the better, so we’ve also set out exactly when you should wash your face, and 5 simple steps to washing your face the right way.

But first let’s start with…

Why you should wash your face

Whether you have normal, dry or oily skin, washing your face daily will get rid of the dirt and oils that naturally build up on your skin. It also clears away dead skin cells, preventing clogged pores that can lead to breakouts, blackheads and ingrown hairs.

And if you’re prone to acne, it’s even more important to wash your face daily to clear away the excess oil and debris and reduce any inflammation that contribute to acne.

For you bearded gents, washing your beard as part of the process will keep dryness and beardruff at bay - as well as any unpleasant odours! – and promote strong, healthy growth as well.

How often should I clean my face?

In general, you should aim to wash your face twice a day – am and pm – but if you’re doing any sweat-inducing sports you should do it after that too.

AMWashing your face first thing in the morning is a lifelong routine that gets your day off to a great start. If your skin feels clean and refreshed then chances are you will too!
Even if you don't see any visible dirt on your skin when you look in the mirror, there’s a build-up of oil and dead skin cells that have accumulated throughout the night. And it’s a good idea to clean them off of your face before they have a chance to clog your pores.
It’s also helps to cleanse your face before you shave. By removing dead skin cells, your razor can run more smoothly over your face.
PM – In the evening you need to remove the general grime and bacteria that we all come into contact with during the day, as well as any oil that has accumulated on your skin. So washing it again in the evening is a must.
AFTER SPORTS – Whilst sweating is great for detoxifying, the sweat sits on your skin and acts as a breeding ground for bacteria.
And the salts from sweat can be drying and irritating so you need to clear them away as soon as possible before your complexion suffers.
For more on how cleaning your face fits into your daily skincare routine see our article: "The BEST SKINCARE ROUTINE for MEN: why less is more".

 

black man washing his face in bathroom

Now, let’s look at …

Which is the best face wash for your skin type

The best facial cleanser is always one that offers a balance between removing grime and oils, but without drying out your face.

And knowing your skin type will show you what to look for to find that balance.

DRY SKIN

How to recognise: If your skin rarely show signs of excess oil, tends to feel tight and can occasionally be flaky and itchy, then chances are that you have dry skin.

Which face wash is best for dry skin? You should look for a product that will clean away all the dirt and impurities, but without robbing your skin of its natural oils. So focus on face washes that are hydrating and won’t disturb your skin’s pH level. Look for a face wash that contains a high percentage of moisturizing Glycerin, along with soothing ingredients like Aloe Vera and Allantoin. This double action will leave your face feeling fresh, and not flaky and tight.

OILY SKIN

How to recognise: If your skin develops an oily sheen not long after you’ve washed it and you have large, visible pores and a tendency to get blackheads then you probably have oily skin.

Which face wash is best for oily skin?  The best facial cleanser for men with oily skin will be one that regulates oil production, but without drying out your face, because conversely that can make your skin even oilier.

Look for ingredients like purifying Tea Tree Oil which helps to regulate excess oil and reduces any redness.

Also try one that includes a natural alpha-hydroxy acid, like Lactic Acid. This will gently exfoliate your skin, helping to unclog pores and eliminate blackheads.

SENSITIVE SKIN

How to recognise: Your skin tends to become quite red and irritated during the day, and this becomes even worse after shaving.

Best face wash for sensitive skin: You need a face wash that will soothe away that redness and is made with gentle ingredients that won’t irritate your face. Natural soothing ingredients like Aloe Vera and Allantoin will work best to calm your skin, and Glycerin will hydrate to make sure that your skin is not stripped of its natural moisture.

ACNE-PRONE SKIN

How to recognise:  If your skin regularly suffers from break outs and blackheads, then you know that you have a tendency to develop acne.

Which face wash is good for acne? Firstly, using a good face wash is vital to clear away the excess sebum and dead skin cells which cause acne. You need one which is gentle enough to use twice a day but will also effectively remove the gunk without making the situation worse.

Look for facial cleansers which have been specifically developed for acne-prone skin. Ones containing salicylic acid have been shown to be very effective. However, if you find that these are too harsh then choose a gentler option which contains purifying ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, which will also regulate the excess sebum production and reduce any redness.

And if you use an exfoliating face wash that contains a natural alpha-hydroxy acid - like our Daily Face Wash does – then it will gently exfoliate your skin at the same time, giving you all of the benefits of exfoliation in one action.
More bang for your buck!  

Why not just use a bar of soap?

A typical bar of soap on your body is fine, but using one on your face will strip away oil and dry out your skin, leaving it feeling tight.

Paradoxically this will cause your skin to produce even more oil… resulting in your face wearing a greasy sheen all day and leading to irritation and breakouts.

Now you may think that you don’t need a tutorial on how to wash your face, and it’s true the process is very simple, but following these 5 steps will make sure you're getting the job done right – without harming your skin.

How To Wash Your Face:

STEP 1:  WET YOUR FACE WITH WARM WATER

Before applying any face wash, first splash your face with warm water. This will allow the product to spread easily on your skin.

Avoid using very hot or extremely cold water. The hot water will leave your skin dry and irritated, while the cold is less effective at removing oils from your skin.

On the other hand, comfortably lukewarm water will open up the pores while also soothing the skin and make for an effective clean.

STEP 2: DISPENSE YOUR FACE WASH 

How much face wash should I use?

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to use too much product. A little goes a very long way, and you only need to use an amount the size of a nickel.

Squeeze this onto your fingertips and then spread the product across your hands. This will improve the effectiveness of the ingredients and allow you to evenly cover the areas of your face.

STEP 3: MASSAGE ON TO YOUR FACE (and beard) 

Use gentle circular motions to massage your face wash onto your face and neck, avoiding getting too close to your eyes. Don’t pull the skin too hard. Use just enough pressure to loosen up dirt and excess oil.

Do this for about 30 seconds, spending extra time on those areas where you tend to have a build-up of oil or sweat. This is typically in your T-zone of forehead, nose and chin. Remember to take it easy. Scrubbing with too much force will do more harm than good.

If you prefer to wash your face in the shower, save this until the end so that you can make sure to remove any shampoo and conditioner residue from your face too.

And there’s no need to use a sponge or washcloth to apply your face wash. In fact, these can harbour bacteria and irritate your skin so best to avoid them.

Just take it nice and easy, and let the cleanser do the work.

AND FOR YOUR BEARD

With your beard make sure that you use your fingertips to dig deep into all directions of the beard. This action will clean your skin better and will loosen any beardruff. It also stimulates the hair follicles, encouraging more growth.

STEP 4: RINSE

After massaging, rinse your face with lukewarm water. Make sure to rinse the areas around your eyes carefully as some of the ingredients could irritate the eyes if not rinsed properly.

When rinsing your beard, move your fingers through the beard to make sure that all the soap residue is gone

STEP 5: PAT DRY

To dry your face, simply pat your skin lightly with a clean, soft towel.

If you have acne, don’t rub at your skin with the towel, as this could irritate your skin.

And that’s it…. You’re all done!

Just this one thing is going to make all the difference to how your face looks and feels, so it’s definitely worth getting it right.

Now you can get out there with a fresh, healthy glow!

Let us know how you get on in the comments section below, and if there’s any questions you have just drop us a line.

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