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How to wash your face (properly)

Washing your face sets the stage for the products to follow. Whether step two of your regimen is a toner, moisturizer, or serum, it won’t work effectively if you haven’t washed 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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The breakdown
  • 01
    Use warm (not hot) water.

    Hot water will dry your skin out and destroy the natural protective barrier of your skin that helps to keep it balanced and breakout-free.

  • 02
    Lather in a circular motion.

    Rubbing aggressively in an up-and-down motion can stretch your skin and enlarge your pores over time.

  • 03
    Pat, don’t rub, to dry.

    Similarly, rubbing aggressively with a towel can stretch your skin over time and trigger redness and irritation.

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