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How Often Should I Wash My Face?

“How often should I wash my face?” is one of the MOST common questions I got while working as an esthetician. While the answer may seem obvious to some, properly washing your face is definitely not a “one size fits all” answer.

To offer the best solution, this question really needs to be broken into two parts: 1) How often should I wash my face? and 2) How should I wash my face? For the first question we’re talking frequency, and for the second we’ll cover the types of products and the sequence in which you should use them. I’ll break down the answers to these 2 questions based on skin type to give you a good idea of what your cleansing routine should look like. Not sure what your skin type is? Click here to take our Skin Type Quiz and find out!

1. Oily Skin

People with oily skin types tend to over-wash their face, which actually leads to your skin producing more oil. Why? Our skin needs some oil, in order to both moisturize and act as a protective barrier. So when we constantly strip our skin of these oils, the skin will compensate by producing more. For oily skin types, I recommend washing 2x per day, morning and night. In the morning, use a gentle cleanser followed by toner to soak up excess oil. At night, use a cleansing exfoliant to wash away build up followed by a lightweight nighttime moisturizer. 

2. Combination Skin

Combination skin can be a little tricky since certain areas of the face behave differently. For combination skin, I recommend washing 2x per day, morning and night. In the morning, use a gentle cleanser followed by toner on your oily areas only, usually the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin). At night, use a cleansing exfoliant and focus the exfoliating action on your oilier areas. Follow up with a lightweight nighttime moisturizer and use a heavier moisturizer on drier areas if skin is feeling tight or flaking.

3. Dry Skin

Dry skin is another skin type that can be worsened by over-cleansing. For dry skin types, I recommend washing 1x per day at night. In the morning, simply use water to cleanse followed by moisturizer. Continue to apply moisturizer throughout the day if skin is feeling tight or flaking.  At night, use a gentle cleanser followed by a nourishing nighttime moisturizer.  

4. Sensitive Skin

For sensitive skin types, the general rule of thumb is less is more. I recommend washing 1x per day at night. In the morning, simply use water to cleanse followed by a protective moisturizer. At night, use a gentle cleanser followed by a calming, nighttime moisturizer.

Washing your face needs to be a daily part of all skin care routines, regardless of skin type. I hope these tips serve as a good guide for how best to do it!

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