These glove-like bathing accessories fit snugly onto your hand, and many of them are made from plant-based materials. Simply squeeze your favorite cleansing cream, gel or foam onto the mitt and gently scrub your face. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend first trying out a face mitt on the inside of your arm or the back of your hand.
We've spotted facial sponges floating around in water bowls at recent beauty events. And after getting our hands on them, we now know why brands are making such a big fuss. The super soft sponges build a rich lather to wash away a day's worth of dirt and makeup. Plus, the rounded shape makes it easy to get into those tight corners around the nose.
Facial Cleansing Brushes
By now, you've probably heard beauty fanatics raving about some facial cleansing brush called the Clarisonic. The oscillating tool is definitely a mainstay in our evening cleansing ritual, but there are a few other options on the market that are just as great at a fraction of the cost. The great thing about them all is that you can push a button and let the brush go to work.
Simple tips to keep your skin healthy:
Because everyone’s skin is a little different, there’s no single miracle fash wash. But, something we all can do is look for a cleanser that is simple. “Cleansing should take away dirt, germs and excess oil, but not appropriate skin moisture and healthy cells,” Krant says. Find the gentlest cleanser that will “get the job done,” as she puts it, but nothing too harsh that leaves redness or rashes.
If your skin is sedentary on a certain day -- meaning you didn't sweat or put on heavy makeup -- Krant says skipping a day of washing your face isn’t a sin. On the other hand, she points out, “'it’s best not to let old makeup or sunscreen sit around too long or go to sleep with you.” Generally, washing your face once or twice a day is a good plan to stick to. Anything more than that is excessive (unless there are special circumstances prescribed by your dermatologist), and can lead to “rebound overproduction of oil and breakouts.”
While it might feel good to warm up with a steamy splash of water, Krant says icy cold or lukewarm water both have their benefits. Excessivley hot water will “strip healthy natural oils from your skin too quickly.”
Exfoliating definitely has skin benefits: The scrub can increase circulation for a rosy glow, and it helps to remove dead skin cells. But excessive exfoliation can “lead down the path to trouble.” Krant recommends a gentle exfoliation one or twice a week, max.
A lot of us rush our routines, and wipe our wet faces on whatever’s closest to the sink: a used towel, the shirt we’re wearing. But it’s important to use a gentle, clean cloth to dry up. Krant recommends patting your skin, rather than rubbing, and letting a “fine mist of water to remain so when you apply your moisturizer it will seal the moitsture into the surface of the skin.”
“The most important thing to watch out for in winter is overcleansing and overdrying,” Krant says. In the cooler temps we’re prone to taking longer, hotter showers and spending more time in the overheated indoor air, both of which can dry out the face -- and fast. Krant says it’s important not to wash your face excessively and to introduce a moisturizer, if it’s right for your skin. Also cruical is an SPF: She suggests choosing a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 in the winter (and upping it to SPF 30 in the summer, when we spend more time outdoors).
Fight the urge splash your eyes open to wake yourself up on groggy mornings. The skin around your eyes is delicate and thin, so it it needs to be treated even more gently than the rest of your face. Things to keep in mind? "Use a gentle eye makeup remover and don't use harsh soaps or cleansers directly on delicate eyelids," she says.
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