Cleansing your face is the cornerstone of beautiful, glowing skin. By cleansing you remove all dirt, impurities, grime and make-up so the rest of your regimen – your eye cream, moisturiser, serum or oil – can have maximum effect.
But is cleansing really that difficult? While cleansing your face can seem pretty straightforward there are things we can tell you about how to properly wash your face that can make all the difference. Plus, read on to discover our tips and tricks to help you perfect your morning and evening cleansing routines.
How to wash your face in 4 steps
Morning cleansing vs evening cleansing
Frequently asked questions
How to wash your face in 4 steps
Cleansing should always be a part of your morning and evening routine, no matter your skin type or lifestyle.
Step 1: Wash your hands and face
Wash your hands and make sure they’re clean before touching your face. Then wash your face to get the top layer of grime and make-up off.
Always use lukewarm water to wash your face – if it’s too hot, your skin may dry out.
Step 2: Cleanse your face
A facial cleanser helps remove make-up, oil, dirt and pollution from your skin to reveal a brighter, more refreshed complexion.
If you prefer facial cloths, try Olay Daily Facials for their 5-in-1 cleansing power – remove make-up, cleanse, exfoliate, improve the skin’s appearance and preserve moisture. It’s a water-activated dry cloth that’s specially woven with soft cleansing pockets to give you a thorough cleanse in one simple step.
If you’re looking for a more water-based texture, choose Olay Cleanse Hungarian Water Essence Micellar Water. With its no-rinsing micellar technology, it melts and removes even waterproof make-up, oils, pollution and impurities from your face with a cotton pad, leaving it looking brighter and smoother.
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Olay has 24 cleansing heroes you can choose from, so there is a face cleanser to suit you and your needs.
Trying to find what’s best for your skin type, though, may not always be easy. If you have oily skin, try to stay away from cleansing products that contain wax or oil, since those only make your skin even more oily. If your skin is dry, cleansers with added moisturisers can prevent it from drying out even more.
If you’re unsure which skin type you have and you’d like to base your decision on which cleanser or exfoliator to use on it, then check out our guide on normal, oily, dry and combination skin types to find out which type you have.
Step 3: Exfoliate your skin
When you exfoliate, you help boost your skin’s glow by getting rid of dead skin cells. Depending on the exfoliator you choose, you may not need to exfoliate every time you cleanse your face. In some cases, if you use a face exfoliator too often, you risk irritating your skin so follow the instructions carefully.
Thankfully, Olay has a gentle solution for everyday use – Olay Detox & Glow Daily Polish. It’s formulated with Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5, and contains touch-activated particles to help you get that dewy, no make-up look you crave.
Step 4: Use a toner
Toning helps clean, refresh and restore your skin. Toners help remove any remaining make-up debris and balance your skin’s PH. We recommend Olay Refresh & Glow Cleansing Toner with aloe vera extract and pro-vitamin B5 for soft, supple and more radiant skin.
Next step: Moisturising
After cleansing your skin is prepped for moisturising. Hydrating with a moisturiser is an essential part of any skincare routine as it helps to replenish lost moisture and keep your skin hydrated.
Depending on your skin needs and preferences you can add eye creams, serums, and moisturisers to your morning or evening routines. If you want to go hard on moisture, you can use a face mask for extra hydration, and to make your skin softer. Choose a mask that’s best for your skin type and enjoy some pampering.
In the morning, use a face moisturiser that contains SPF, since your skin needs protection from harmful UV rays. Try Olay Regenerist SPF Whip 30 to protect your skin without any of the greasiness.
During the night your skin’s ability to repair itself is more active compared to the day. A night cream, perhaps one with retinol, is key to boosting skin recovery as the skin is more receptive to active ingredients overnight, and it also helps counterbalance increased moisture loss while you sleep.
Learn more about the benefits of retinol and get the most out of your moisturiser at night.
Morning cleansing vs. Evening cleansing
Evening cleansing should always be your main face cleaning time, since during the day the combination of your make-up and air pollution can cause a build-up of oil, dirt and grime on your skin. Make sure you’re thorough when you cleanse the day off your face to prime your skin for the moisturisation that follows.
Your morning cleanse should be lighter, since your face stays much cleaner at night. Skipping it completely is not recommended, though, as cleansing in the morning resets the skin, so you can kickstart your day feeling fresh.
Frequently asked questions
How long should you wash your face for?
Keep washing until all the make-up and dirt is removed, and your skin is clean. To check whether your face is clean use a dry cotton pad to wipe your face with and if the pad doesn’t lift any dirt, you’re good to go.
In what order should you wash you face?
The order should be: wash, cleanse, exfoliate, tone, face mask, moisturiser. By following this order, you’ll be able to remove all the dirt and impurities from your face, and you’ll be on your way to a clearer, healthy-looking skin.
Can you wash your face every night?
Yes, absolutely! Do a thorough cleansing with an effective, yet gentle cleanser in the evening to get rid of all the make-up and dirt that can build up on your skin and leave it prepped for your moisturiser.
Can you wash your face with water only?
You can, but bear in mind that water alone won’t be able to wash away all the dirt and impurities that builds up on your skin throughout the day, so your best bet is to choose an effective, yet gentle facial cleanser, like Olay Cleanse Hungarian Water Essence Micellar Water.
Now that you know why cleansing is so important and how to properly wash your face, check out our wide selection of facial cleansers and find the right one for your beautiful, glowing skin.