Achieving radiant, healthy skin begins with the fundamental ritual of facial cleansing. From choosing the right water temperature to using the appropriate cleanser, knowing tips and tricks for clean, healthy skin can help you achieve the glowing complexion you desire.
Ahead, Charette Cosmetics explores the essential do's and don'ts that form the cornerstone of an effective facial cleansing routine. Plus, we share product recommendations to help you find the best facial cleaner for your skin.
The Dos of Using Facial Cleanser
When using a facial cleanser, here are some top "dos" to ensure an effective and beneficial skincare routine:
Choose the Right Cleanser
Select a facial cleanser that is compatible with your skin type and addresses your specific skincare concerns. Whether you have oily, dry, sensitive, or combination skin, the right cleanser can make a significant difference.
Use Lukewarm Water
It’s best to wash your face with lukewarm or cold water, as hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to dryness. Lukewarm water helps to open up pores without causing excessive dryness or irritation.
Wet Your Face First
Wet your face with water before applying the cleanser. This helps the cleanser lather effectively and ensures thorough coverage.
Apply the Right Amount
With most cleansers, a little goes a long way. Use a dime-sized amount of cleanser to avoid overusing the product, preventing potential irritation or excessive drying of the skin.
Massage the cleanser into your skin using gentle, circular motions. Be especially delicate around the eye area to avoid irritation.
Focus on Problem Areas
Pay extra attention to areas where you have specific skincare concerns, such as the T-zone for oiliness or areas prone to breakouts.
Make sure to rinse your face thoroughly after cleansing to remove all traces of the cleanser. Residue can lead to irritation and compromise the effectiveness of subsequent skincare products.
Pat Dry, Don't Rub
After rinsing, pat your face dry with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing the skin, as this can cause unnecessary friction and potential irritation.
Follow with Toning and Moisturizing
Complete your skincare routine by applying a toner and moisturizer suitable for your skin type. This helps balance the skin's pH levels and ensures proper hydration.
Establish a consistent cleansing routine by washing your face morning and night. Consistently using a facial cleanser is the key to maintaining healthy, clear skin.
The Don’ts of Using Facial Cleanser
Here are some common "don'ts" to consider when using a facial cleanser to ensure a healthy and effective skincare routine:
Avoid Harsh Scrubbing
Refrain from scrubbing your face vigorously, as this can lead to irritation and damage the skin's protective barrier. Gentle, circular motions using your finger tips are more effective and less likely to cause harm.
Say No to Hot Water
Avoid using hot water when cleansing your face. Hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and potential irritation.
Avoid Products with Harsh Ingredients
Steer clear of facial cleansers containing harsh chemicals, alcohol, or fragrances that may cause irritation or allergic reactions. Choose the best facial cleanser for your skin; gentle ingredients that are specifically formulated to maintain your skin's natural balance.
Don't Ignore Your Skin Type
The wrong type of cleanser for your skin can exacerbate issues. If you have oily skin, opt for a cleanser designed for oil control; if you have sensitive skin, choose a mild, fragrance-free option.
No Skipping Moisturizer
Even if your skin feels clean after cleansing, don't skip moisturizing. Moisturizer helps lock in hydration and maintain the skin's natural moisture balance.
Don't Neglect Sunscreen
After cleansing in the morning, follow up with sunscreen. Skipping sun protection can leave your skin vulnerable to damaging UV damage.
How to Build a Skincare Routine with Facial Cleanser
Now that you understand tips and tricks for clean, healthy skin, it’s time to build your ultimate skincare routine.
Protect Your Skin
Exposure to the sun can damage your skin and lead to dehydration. Using a daily sunscreen with at least SPF 30 can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent moisture loss.
Charette Cosmetics recommends Protect + Preserve, a lightweight, gentle sunscreen with SPF 50 for superior protection. We designed our sunscreen with lactic and hyaluronic acids and a clinically preferred concentration of niacinamide helps to visibly brighten areas of discoloration.
Use a Hydrating Cleanser
A good skincare routine is crucial for achieving hydrated skin. Using a gentle, hydrating cleanser can help remove impurities from your skin without stripping away its natural oils.
At Charette Cosmetics, we recommend Restart + Refresh Gentle Cleanser for clean, healthy skin. It is packed with citrus extracts and rich antioxidants to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. This cream cleanser gently gets rid of make-up, dirt and impurities, while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Use a Facial Mist
Facial mists are a great way to hydrate your skin and they can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plump the skin and encourage new cell growth. Hydrating toner mists help to soothe and rejuvenate skin while redefining the complexion.
At Charette Cosmetics, we created Active + Tone Antioxidant Mist with natural extracts like cucumber, rosemary and melon to improve your skin’s complexion, reduce puffiness and swelling and boost hydration. This cooling mist can be used in the morning and at night as part of your skincare regimen.
Exfoliating your skin regularly can help remove dead skin cells and improve the absorption of moisturizers and other hydrating products. However, it's important to use a gentle exfoliator to avoid damaging your skin.
With a combination of 2% Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid and Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Illuminate + Purify Exfoliating Cleanser aids in unclogging pores, opening clogged pores and removes surface oils. This exfoliating facial cleanser gives you smoother skin and helps to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier.
Apply a Hydrating Moisturizer
A hydrating moisturizer is essential for maintaining hydrated skin. Look for moisturizers that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. These ingredients can help attract and retain moisture in the skin, keeping it hydrated throughout the day.
Charette Cosmetics created Nourish + Soften Moisturizing Lotion for all skin types, so your face is hydrated and protected with a lightweight formula that feels soft and clean. This sheer, oil-free moisturizer is perfect for every skin tone and type.
Why Choose Charette Cosmetics For My Facial Cleanser?
Charette Cosmetics brings a whole new approach to the world of cosmetic treatments, including products designed to keep your skin healthy and ease acne. Founded by Paul Charette, a medical aesthetician and cosmetic practitioner, Paul's extensive aesthetic education, unparalleled techniques, and attention to detail are evident in every aspect of Charette Cosmetics.
Our medical-grade skincare products work to protect and treat your skin, revealing the most beautiful version of yourself. For your convenience, we offer Shop Pay and Google Pay. Shop our lineup of products online or connect with us on socials to see amazing skin transformations from real customers.