How To Properly Cleanse Your Skin

What is your definition of proper skin cleansing?


"Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To You…" Undoubtedly you have heard the 20-second rule for proper hand washing - sing the full Happy Birthday tune and then rinse your hands with water. Hopefully, then they are clean.


woman washing face; How to Properly Cleanse Your Skin; UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care; Madison, WisconsinYet, what about your face? Do you cleanse twice a day - and, if so, for how long? Or do you only splash your face with water because you have oil-dry skin? Maybe you don't wear moisturizer, sunscreen or make-up, so you feel this is adequate?


Studies show that we spend an average of less than 20 seconds cleansing our face. Yet, aren't we supposed to brush our teeth for 2 minutes? If you have an electric toothbrush, it is generally programmed to shut off after 2 minutes. Doesn't our skin deserve just as much attention?! After all, it is our largest organ and its primary function is for protection, so shouldn't we keep it clean to avoid potential skin problems and issues?


Often, we hear people who have dry skin say that splashing water on their face is sufficient, especially in the morning if they cleansed their skin the night before. Well, think about what we expose our skin to every day - the pollutants in the air, the grime from our hands, the make-up brushes that don't get cleaned as often as they should, pet dander, moisturizers, sunscreens, the pillowcases, and on and on. Do you think water is enough? Do you shower with just water?


If you aren't washing your face with some type of cleanser because you feel it dries your skin out, then you most likely are using the wrong cleanser for your skin type. Do you know what is in it?


Some "soap" cleansers are almost as harsh as cleaning products. Your skin shouldn't feel "squeaky-clean" after cleansing. That is a sign you have stripped off your protective natural skin barrier. Worse yet, if you don't cleanse with something, just water, and then apply moisturizer or sunscreen, you're just trapping in whatever grime was on your face.


Our highly skilled and experienced UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care Medical Aestheticians are here to help you. Call us today to set up your complimentary, no-obligation skin care consultation - and let us design a regimen personalized for you. To schedule an appointment, please call UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care at (608) 836-9990 or toll-free at (866) 447-9990, or Request a Free Jeune Skin Care Consultation.