Washing our faces is a basic daily ritual, but to have truly clear, healthy skin, paying attention to this step is necessary. Effectively clearing your pores of gunk will not only keep bacteria away, but it can also make your skin care products work better. Here, we school you on the best way to cleanse your face depending on your skin type or lifestyle.
If you're prone to pimples
Lather your face with a facial wash with ingredients that can stop bacteria from spreading and prevent inflammation. Look for these clear skin all-stars on the label: salicylic acid, tea trea extract, or turmeric—these can prevent pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads from forming.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Facial Wash, P595, SM Megamall
When your skin is ultra sensitive
Use a fragrance-free, colorant-free, soap-free cleanser that restores the pH balance of your skin.
Burt's Bees Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser, P1150, Beauty Bar
You wear makeup often.
We're not just talking about the whole makeup shebang (foundation, eyeshadow, blush—the plakado face). This also includes low-maintenance beauty products, like BB cream, eyebrow pencil, and powder! You see, these babies are mostly oil-based and washing with a foam cleanser alone isn't enough.
What you must do is double-cleanse. First, you take off the makeup (whether light or heavy) with an oil-based cleanser, like a cold cream, a cleansing oil, or a cleansing balm, and then you just use your favorite cleanser. This step assures you of immaculate pores.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil, P1800, Greenbelt 5
If you want to score Korean cottony soft skin
Follow the double-cleansing method (as explained above), and use a hydrating cleanser. Refrain from using a towel to dry your skin. Instead, do a quick massage on your damp face, and then immediately apply your skincare products for ultra-hydration. Here's a thorough video below that explains it:
Origins Three-Part Harmony Cream-to-Oil Cleanser, P2300, SM Makati
When you're just too tired
There are nights when we'd rather head to bed than go to the bathroom to wash our face. And because you are aware that going to bed with an unwashed face is a HUGE no-no, resort to these instead: micellar water (aka cleansing water) or cleansing wipes. Both can remove makeup and dirt while hydrating your skin.
L'Oreal Micellar Water, P225, department stores
This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.