Do you ever find yourself wondering if you’re washing your face at the right time? Sometimes it can feel like there are all these rules about anti aging skincare and it can get overwhelming trying to figure out if you’re doing the right things, at the right times, with the right products. Never to fear, we’re here to set the record straight about cleansing your face. When to wash, and even how to wash, are about to be debunked and simplified so you can get on with your life.
If you are an easily habituated person, then chances are you’re already in a rhythm that you feel works for you. If this is the case and you’re loving the way your skin looks and feels, then of course continue on with your rhythm. Otherwise, consider this: you don’t have to wash your face twice a day. Yep, this might sound like skincare sacrilege but it’s true, you really don’t. In fact, washing your face too frequently can actually lead to some of the skin problems you were originally trying to correct and avoid.
When deciding if you want to wash in the morning or the evening, one of the first things to consider is whether or not you wear makeup—specifically powder or foundation. If you do, then washing your face and all of that makeup off at the end of the day is a definite must. Leaving your skin unable to truly breathe all night because you still have makeup on is a great way to cultivate clogged pores and extra buildup on the skin, so definitely wash that off. Another thing to consider is if you ever do overnight anti aging skincare treatments; if so, then washing your face in the morning—at least every once in a while, will be a practice that you’ll want to employ for similar reasons listed above.
If you don’t wear makeup, we recommend washing at night to 'get the day off’ your face, so to speak. If you feel you would like some kind of cleansing in the morning as well, consider splashing or gently washing with a washcloth and some warm water. If you don’t have extra stuff on your face, then using a soap isn’t really necessary. With these things in mind, go ahead and try simply washing at night. Or, if you have a favorite nighttime facial treatment that needs to come off in the morning, experiment with your morning to night ratio and see what your skin responds to best.