For the majority of modern women finding a daily face wash regimen is a major issue. The market is so oversaturated with products it becomes almost impossible to choose from. It seems like every face wash is dermatologist recommended. Or you spend hundreds of dollars on a complex regimen that is impractical to maintain for your day to day life.
This routine is well suited for any and all skin types/problems. If you have acne and you have tried every product out there I suggest taking a step back. You're probably over washing your face and causing more irritation.
On the other hand, there are some girls out there who neglect washing their face altogether. First of all you must wash your face at night no matter what! No excuses, even if you're exhausted, even if its 4AM, wash that face! From personal experience younger girls have a tendency not to think about or practice basic skin care, but the earlier you start the better your skin will age.
Now in this post I hope to point women of all ages in the right direction of an easy and gentle daily face wash regime.
Step #1: Start with Bioderma to remove all eye and face makeup.
For this step I like to use the Shiseido Facial Cotton which I buy from Sephora. Or you can just use a basic cotton ball. Whatever you use make sure to take the time to remove all your makeup.
Then rinse off with warm water (not hot or cold, be gentle).
Bioderma is highly recommended with great reviews across the board. It's great for sensitive skin types, and its ingredients are specifically made to mimic the skins natural components.
Step #2: Next I use Thayers toner.
Saturate a cotton pad (again for this I use the Shiseido cotton pads) and gently wipe the entire face; including your neck and chest.
This product smells great, and it makes your skin feel super clean. I personally feel like this product calms my skin.
Thayers is an alcohol-free toner made of rose petal water and aloe vera.
Toner is specifically used to remove oil and dirt that builds up throughout the day. Toners are extremely helpful for those with oily or acne prone skin. Even if you don't have these problems it's great for every skin type just to remove the extra grime or makeup.
Step #3: After a few minutes of applying the toner wash your face with one of these two cleansers - Cetaphil or Philosophy Purity Made Simple.
Use as much as you like, because this product is so gentle and won’t dry out your skin. Massage the product on your entire face, no rubbing!! Then rinse with warm water using a clean towel or the Eve Lom Muslin Cloths which I personally like to use.
Cetaphil is a great face wash for sensitive skin, but it works well on all skin types. Philosophy Purity Made Simple is another face wash that is extremely gentle and just a quality made product. You really cannot go wrong with either of these two.
Of course there are many face cleansers on the market that tackle a number of different skin issues, but both of these are highly recommended for all skin types. Plus both products are very affordable.
Step #4: Last but not least, exfoliate your skin using Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash.
Take a little dab of the Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash in the palm of your hand, and using your finger tips lightly massage the scrub evenly in a circular motion all over your face and neck. DO NOT SCRUB when applying to your face, especially if your skin is sensitive or already irritated. Also, make sure to avoid getting the product near or close to your eyes.
Even though this product is very gentle for an exfoliant I only use it twice a week. If you need to use it more I would suggest three times a week at most. Anymore then that will leave your skin feeling raw.
Now lets break down each product and the total amount you'll spend on this specific regimen.
Bioderma: For a 16.7oz. bottle - $12.74
Thayers: For a 12oz. bottle - $10.95
Cetaphil: For a 16oz. bottle - $9.49 or Philosophy Purity: For a 8oz. bottle - $24.00
Exfoliant: For a 8oz. bottle - $28.00
Keep in mind this price is including both cleansers. Also, each product listed comes in a generous amount, so each of these should last you several months at least.
I hope this post is helpful! Let me know what you think in the comments:)