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Cleaning and moisturizing your face are the cornerstones of good skin care. Here’s a simple routine to help you always put your best face forward.
Step 1: Choose cleanser
Choose a non-comedogenic, or non-pore-blocking, facial cleanser appropriate for your skin: dry or sensitive skin needs something gentle, fragrance-free, and dye-free; oily skin will likely benefit from a product containing salicylic acid, which helps clear out clogged pores.
Avoid ingredients such as acids, botanicals, and irritating preservatives such as ethanol and propylene glycol.
Step 2: Wash hands
Wash your hands with soap and water to rid them of dirt and grease.
Be sure to pull your hair back so it does not get in the way.
Step 3: Wet face
Wet your face by splashing it with warm water.
Step 4: Apply cleanser
Following the product instructions, put an amount of cleanser into your hands and work it into a lather. Apply it gently to your face with your fingertips using small circular motions.
Don’t forget to wash your hairline, eyebrows, and beneath your jaw.
Step 5: Rinse off
Rinse the cleanser off by splashing your face with warm water.
Step 6: Dry face
Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Step 7: Apply toner
Apply a natural, alcohol-free toner, such as one based on rose water or witch hazel, with a cotton ball or pad.
Step 8: Apply moisturizer
Apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 15 and is appropriate for your skin type: sensitive skin needs something dye- and fragrance-free; dry skin needs a rich product, and oily skin needs an oil- and fragrance-free product that contains exfoliating agents, like salicylic or fruit acids.
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