Cleaning your face before bed might sound ridiculous to some of you out there. But it is extremely important. Women are extremely particular about skincare and we often notice them washing their faces at night. Well, this is for a good reason. We men tend often to neglect it but washing your face is just as important for us.
From preventing acne to helping your skin heal, here are a few reasons why you should wash your face before bed.
1) Reduces acne and breakouts
Believe it or not, at the end of the day your face is one of the dirtiest parts of your body. You unconsciously keep touching your face all day long depositing the dirt from your hands onto your face. This dirt along with oil and dead skin cells accumulated on your skin clog the pores of your skin leading to inflammation and acne. When you wash your face thoroughly, you get rid of all this dirt and dead skin and bacteria from your face making it less prone to breakouts.
2) Accelerates skin healing
During the day, your skin deals with a lot of pollution, UV rays, and various other things that can damage it. When you sleep, your skin naturally tries to heal itself from all the damage. When you wash your face well before bed, you get rid of all the dirt, residue, and other pollutants accumulated on it. This gives the skin a lot of breathing space and accelerates the skin healing process. Any moisturizer or skincare treatments that you use will work better on your face when you wash it first.
3) Prevents wrinkles
As mentioned before, your skin deals with UV rays and other environmental damage throughout the day. This can cause the collagen in your skin to break down leading to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on your face. But when you wash your face, you minimize the effects of environmental damage preventing wrinkles from forming on your face.
How to wash your face properly?
Okay, I know that this not rocket science and chances are that you already know how to wash your face. But, to reap the full benefits of it, there are some minor things that you need to take care of, and here’s how to do it.
1) Wash your hands
Along with your face, your hands also tend to get pretty dirty throughout the day. You don’t want to be rubbing this excess dirt onto your face. So before you wash your face, it is very important for you to wash your hands to get rid of all the dirt and possible germs on them. After this, wet your face with cold to lukewarm water. Do not use hot water for your face.
2) Dispense the face wash
Using the right amount of facewash is key. If you use less than the recommended amount, you cannot clean your skin well and if you use more, the product might be wasted. Your facewash usually comes with the recommended amount of product to use.
3) Spread it evenly across your face
Spend at least 30-60 seconds spreading the facewash across your face. Massage it well into your skin. You inwards and outwards circular motions. This will help you reach every corner of your face.
4) Rinse and dry your face
After 60 seconds, use cold or lukewarm water to rinse your face thoroughly. Make sure that you get rid of all traces of soap from your face. Once clean, dry your face using a soft towel.
This is a step most men neglect but it is very important to moisturize your face. This will help repair your skin and restore the moisture lost while washing your face.