A simple task of washing your face can be a debatable cleansing routine regime to many. It’s difficult to say how many is too many or for some a question of skin type. After doing my own research and through feedback from friends, I think it’s really a matter of your skin condition and daily exposure (i.e working environment, weather conditions, etc). For the most parts, I think its safe to say that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. A vigorous face wash that’s practiced more than twice a day can actually do more harm than good.
So I summed it up to these basic understanding:
1. Wash your hands (with an anti-bacterial cleanser) before you wash your face, after all it makes sense to start from the base.
2. Use a soft towel and luke warm water, splash it on your face and gently wipe to enable your pores to open. (Avoid too hot or cold water which can result in broken capillaries).
3. Make-up remover or baby oil to remove all your eye make-up/make-up (I normally use baby oil), anything that’s gentle on the skin.
4. Use a gentle cleanser (preferably alcohol free to avoid dry skin).
5. Practice a gentle circular motion upwards when washing your face.
6. Wash your face once a day (Normal Skin), 2 times a day for Oily skin (washing your face too many times not only damages your skin causing it to be more sensitive but actually builds up more oil), try using blotting paper to gently get rid of oily appearance if your skin is ultra oily.
7. Exfoliating can be done once a week (either a mask or gentle scrub) to clear your pores from dirt, blackheads, etc. It’s important to take note of a mask that also nourishes your skin whilst exfoliating.
Depending on your skin type (oily, dry or a combination), adopt a routine that works best for you.