face wash routine for men

How to wash your face (properly)

While washing your face is seemingly the most simple step in your regimen, a recent study found that 80% of us are actually doing it wrong. Here’s how to do it right.
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How to Wash Your Face (Properly) As A Man

Before you even look at fancy men’s skincare products, you need to make sure that your basic cleansing and moisturizing routine is 100%. And no, that doesn’t mean using the same washcloth you use for your sweaty pits on your face along with a 5-in-1 product that also degreases engines! Here’s how to make sure you wash your skiing the right way, ensuring your products get absorbed optimally and your skin looks and feels great.

Does Washing Your Face Really Matter?

Even if you’re a fastidious person through the day, our skin is exposed to a lot of contaminants. Think car exhaust smog, poor air quality, dust and dirt, pollen, and even viruses and bacteria. Because our skin excretes oil naturally through the day, these particles can cling, too. While our skin does a great job of keeping them on the outside, leaving them clogging up your skin surface isn’t a good idea. They can easily contribute to acne and blocked pores, lower your overall skin health, and much more. You also need to clean up your skin so other products, like your moisturizer, can penetrate easily. 

Why Can’t I Wash My Face With Soap?

AKA “do I need a face wash as a man?”. Yes you do. Facial skin is thinner and more sensitive than anywhere else. A good soap is fine to swab your pits and bits, but it will quickly dry out your face. And dry skin quickly becomes angry, irritated skin. Even if you think it looks good in the mirror, trust us- it will look better with a good face wash. Plus, a good face wash helps prepare your skin to address other issues like acne or aging, too.

How Often Should I Wash My Face?

The recommendation is once in the morning and once in the evening. View the evening wash as unskippable. If you have very dry skin, you might get away with a quick water splash in the morning, so there’s some discretion here.

How Do I Wash My Face?

First up, once you’ve bought your face wash for men, make sure you aren’t using your body face cloth, either. It’s too easy to transfer bacteria from your less savory bits to your face. You can use a dedicated washcloth, get a microfibre cloth, use cotton rounds, or even use your hand. It’s up to you. Also make sure your hands are clean, as that’s how a lot of bacteria spreads to your face.

Warm Water Only

Hot water dries skin out very quickly. We know it feels good, but skip it and keep the water warm only. That helps prevent drying, break-outs, and an unbalanced skin barrier. Splash your face wet, as that will help with the face wash application.

Use Your Face Wash

A nickel sized pool in the middle of your hand should be enough. Do reward the instructions once, they might advise leaving it on for a certain period or other special steps. Otherwise, rub your hands together a little, then spread gently over the face. Don’t worry if it doesn’t foam a lot.

Lather in a Circular Motion

Make gentle circles on your face, adding a tiny bit of extra water by wetting your hands again if needed. Aggressive rubbing just stretches the skin and damages pores.

Rinse Well

Rinse it off really well, ensuring the product and the dirt it removed is carried away from your face.

Pat Dry

As when you work it into the skin, pat the skin dry, don’t rub. It just damages the skin.

Apply Product

If your routine is very basic, now’s the time to put on moisturizer. If you’re using a toner or serum, they typically go on beforehand, however. 
And there you have it! Learning how to use face wash properly isn’t always instinctive, but now you have it down to an art.

How to Choose a Face Wash

Because it doesn’t stay on the skin all that long, you don’t need an ultra fancy face wash unless you want one. Men with acne or oily skins may like a specific product. If you have sensitive skin that’s prone to irritations, look for a frills-free face wash that’s basic, avoids irritants, and is gentle. Remember, ideally your skin won’t ‘squeak’ and feel super-dry after you wash it, that’s not the goal of a face wash!

The Bottlecode Difference

Why not head over to the Bottlecode main site and find yourself a face wash you will enjoy? Remember, while function is important in skincare, form matters too, so find a brand that appeals to you and which you will enjoy using. We’ve sourced a wide range of quality men’s face washes,so you’re sure to find something you enjoy.