How To Wash Your Face

By Marc Peterson

How To Wash Your Face

How To Wash Your Face

The act of washing your face seems pretty simple and straightforward, right? As it turns out, this task isn’t as mindless as most people tend to believe, and requires more effort than splashing some water on your face and slathering on a cleanser. Even if you’re diligently washing your face twice a day, doing so in the wrong way might contribute to your skincare woes. Improper facial washing can lead your skin askew, resulting in dryness, oiliness, irritation, and breakouts. Here we break down the steps for how to wash your face the right way.

We recommend bioClarity's Cleanse: This cleanser was designed for all skin types. Gentle, yet effective, it removes any impurities without drying out the skin. No dry, unhappy skin here. 

Step 1: Apply Your Cleanser

For the best skin care routine, follow these steps to wash your face:

apply your facial cleanser

1. Wash Your Hands First

Contrary to popular myths, the safest way to wash your face is with your hands; washcloths and scrubs can be too abrasive on the skin, and might potentially harm healthy cells, resulting in irritation. It’s therefore essential to wash your hands before washing your face. If you wash your face with unclean hands, you can end up just pushing that dirt onto your face.

2. Remove All Makeup

Even if your cleanser claims to include a makeup remover, it’s a good idea to put an effort into taking off your makeup before washing your face. Doing so will be gentler on your delicate lashes, and by removing the product caked onto your skin, your cleanser will be much more effective. The makeup removing properties included in your cleanser will be sure to take care of any lingering residue. Taking off your makeup is even more important for face washes without said properties. If you don’t remove your makeup first, your dedicated face wash might just be cleaning the superficial layer of your skin – not diving deeply into the pores.

3. Use Lukewarm Water

Hot water might feel nice, but it’s not doing your skin any favors. Hot water is dehydrating, as it will pull the moisture out of your skin and strip it of its natural oils. Keep the temperature a little lower – it’s enough to loosen up the dirt within your pores without outwardly stripping them. When learning how to wash your face, using lukewarm water is a big takeaway.

4. Massage Face for at least 60 seconds

When washing your face, don’t just scrub vigorously for 20 seconds. It’s not only harmful to the skin’s surface, but it also doesn’t give your cleanser enough time to do its work. Instead, massage your skin in circular motions for a minimum of 60 seconds. Doing so will stimulate the lymphatic system, which encourages oxygen and blood circulation. Be sure to move in upward motions – pulling down on your skin adds to the nemesis of gravity and can lead to sagging.

5. Pat Dry

The skin on your face is delicate; treat it like such by gently patting it dry with a soft towel after rinsing off your cleanser in lukewarm water. Make sure you’re using a fresh, clean towel each time you wash your face. The towels you use to dry off your hair and body could have pore-clogging residue on them left over from the shower, which could then spread germs and bacteria onto your freshly-cleaned face.

Step 2: Avoid Potential Mistakes

In addition to the five steps to wash your face, follow these face washing tips to ensure you’re following the best skin care practices:

Cleanse Twice a Day

Some people believe that washing your face in the morning is unnecessary, as it should still be clean from its wash the night prior. False – your face is in fact dirtiest when you wake up. Overnight, your skin attempts to regenerate itself, meaning its shedding dead skin cells, producing sebum, and secreting toxins. Be sure to wash your face in the morning to get the most out of your day-time products.

Steer Clear of Harsh Chemicals

Regardless of what skin type you have, it’s always best to avoid harsh chemicals. Ingredients such as sulfates and alcohol might end up dehydrating your skin. This can result is roughness or flaking, or alternatively, excessive oil and breakouts by kicking the skin’s sebaceous glands into overdrive.

Don't Neglect Your Neck and Hands

The hands and neck are the first places to age on women, mostly because they are neglected when washing your face. This skin is sensitive and needs some love, too. Include these locations in every part of your skincare routine, beginning with cleansing.

Moisturize Afterwards

Hot water and strong chemicals will dehydrate your face, so it’s critical to moisturize after each cleanse. Keeping your skin cells moist is an essential part of maintaining its suppleness and plasticity throughout the day, in addition to maintaining its youthful glow and preventing premature aging. Apply a moisturizer directly after your face wash to seal in the face’s moisture to ensure your skin cells are strong enough to brave the day.

We recommend bioClarity's Hydrate: A skin smoothie for your face. This lightweight, breathable moisturizer is perfect for oily to normal skin and is packed with botanicals and good-for-you ingredients.

Learning how to properly wash your face needn’t be cumbersome or confusing. If you follow these few simple steps to wash your face and abide by these face washing tips, you’ll surely set yourself up for skincare success.


  • Orla on

    When it comes to moisturizing, I’m always confused. I suffer from acne (worse now as an adult than as a teen), and so I’m mostly using the clear skin regimen from Bio Clarity. Is this enough moisturizing? If I were to moisturize directly after cleansing, would that not impede the clear skin step 2 bottle which includes that sweet, sweet salicylic acid?
    How should an acne prone person handle moisturizing in a way that will help their skin as opposed to clogging it up even more?

  • Libby on

    Thank you for the info! I’ve been using my body towel to dry my face, I will switch and hope that makes a difference!

  • Genesse on

    I’ve been using the BioClarity Clear Skin Rountine plus Hydrate for two months now and af first, my skin got really nice & clear. But now, my ache is returning. The first few weeks I was in NYC where my skin always seems to overs up some and I’ve started to attribute to the water. I live in California and the water where I live is heavily chlorinated. Are there any tips on if this can be a factor to Ache, & what to do if that’s the case? Water filter on my bathroom sink?
    Also, what about SPF protection? And is BioClarity going to offer an SPF moisturizer at any point?

  • Debra on

    Is it necessary to use a toner after cleansing?

  • Erika SImmons on

    This was very helpful, I just love all the advice you guys give. And I’m loving my bio- clarity products.

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