When you make the effort to visit us at the best medical skin spa in Santa Monica, you should give your skin the same kind of attention at home. How you take care of your skin on a daily basis can be just as important as the anti-aging treatments you receive when you’re here. One of the most important parts of your daily skin care routine is washing your face. Are you doing it correctly?

While washing your face seems like it should be the least complicated step of your protocol, many do not do it properly. This can cause a bevy of issues, from breakouts and acne to irritation, dryness or excessive oiliness. It can even increase the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. The outer layer of your dermis, the Stratum corneum, is the most sensitive and exposed part of your body. It’s composed of dead skin cells and lipids, which help your skin maintain hydration. While you don’t want the dulling effect caused by an excess of dead skin, you also don’t want to damage the delicate lipids.

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Technique is Key

Protect your face by washing it correctly. Use a gentle product to remove your makeup first, taking extra care around the fragile under eye area. Next use lukewarm or even cool water to wet your face. If the water is too warm, it can strip the natural oils that form the skin’s essential protective barrier. This can motivate your skin to overproduce sebum in an effort to compensate, which can cause unsightly breakouts.

Once your face is moistened, apply a gentle cleanser using your fingertips. Massage into your skin with upward, circular motions. If you prefer to use a cleansing device, ask your dermatologist or one of our staff for a recommendation.

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Defy Gravity With Upward Motions

Whatever you do, always move upwards when washing your face. If you massage downwards, it’s like you’re helping gravity drag the skin down.

Leave the cleanser on your skin for 30 seconds to a minute and then rinse with tepid water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, no matter how tired you are. If not, you may experience a buildup of residue that can dry out your skin and clog your pores. Gently pat your skin dry with an extra soft towel and move on to the rest of your routine.
Washing once or twice a day should be sufficient. If you overdo it, your skin may be prompted to overproduce oil.

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Dr. Ryan Stanton is a fully credentialed board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon focusing on cosmetic plastic surgery in Beverly Hills, California. He has been featured in national and international media, including: TLC’s “Plastic Wives”, The Doctors Show, Discovery Channel, Montel Williams, Women’s Entertainment Network, CBS, Fox, & KTLA News, Fitness, In, Star and Gala Magazines.