Washing your face in the morning is what prepares it for the day. While you don’t have makeup and other free radicals clogging the pores on your face when you sleep at night, you do secrete sebum. Sebum is nature’s way of keeping the skin hydrated, but too much can clog the pores and cause unsightly blemishes. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning is an effective way to fight these problems.
- Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap before touching your face. This will help prevent spreading unnecessary germs that can clog pores.
- Wet a washcloth with lukewarm water. Using hot water is harsh on your face and it can cause redness around the cheeks and nose and burst capillaries. Pat your face gently with the wet washcloth.
- Squeeze out a small amount of gentle facial cleanser into your hand. Unless you sleep in makeup, your face only gets oil on it during the night, unlike during the day when your face has a combination of oil, dirt, makeup, pollution and other free radicals clogging the pores. The specific type of cleanser depends on your skin’s needs. Use a moisturizing formula if your skin is dry, and if you are prone to breakouts, used a special cleanser formulated to fight oil.
- Rub your hands together to lather the cleanser and gently massage it onto your face in a circular motion.
- Wet the washcloth again with lukewarm water to rinse the cleanser off your face and gently exfoliate.
- Splash your face with cold water to seal pores shut.
- Pat your face dry with a clean towel.