It should go without saying, but while it’s very important to keep your face clean, some of us don’t take this basic tenet of personal hygiene and skin care seriously enough. Man or woman, the consequences for not keeping your face and pores clean can be life changing.

Even if you don’t wear makeup and even if you wash regularly, it’s important to wash your face with a cleanser. Quality facial cleansers remove makeup, pollutants, bacteria and unwanted debris off of our face. A cleanser we highly recommend and is available in our MediSpa is Foamacleanse from ZO Medical, a gentle but deep-cleaning foaming cleanser for all skin types.

Proper cleansing prepares your skin to absorb products you may put on after, like a serum or moisturizer. Clearing out your pores allows the moisturizer to penetrate into your skin for maximum effectiveness. What’s the point of applying moisturizers and treatments if your skin isn’t able to absorb them fully?

To wash your face, always start with clean hands. You want to clean your face not introduce more bacteria or irritants onto it. Start with a lukewarm (not hot) water flush to open pores and loosen dirt. Be sure to rinse all soap from your face. Remove all makeup with a makeup-remover towelette or cotton pad.

Always use a gentle cleanser, since harsh soaps can trigger the skin to increase oil production. Even though it may be tempting, don’t try for that squeaky-clean feel. It can damage your skin.

Work your cleansing lather into your skin with your fingertips, using a circular motion on the face and along the neckline. It’s important to be gentle as you massage your face and stimulate blood and oxygen circulation.

Finally, rinse by splashing lukewarm water on your face. Pat dry with a clean towel. Cotton works best.

Every once in a while, especially if you wear makeup daily or your face is exposed to lots of city or job-related dirt, dust and grime, it’s beneficial to get an even deeper cleansing. The revolutionary, new HydraFacial treatments offered in our Rejuvaderm MediSpa provide precisely those deep cleaning and skin-nourishing aspects that have made them among our most popular procedures.