Face Wash: What It Is, Its Benefits, and How to Do It Right!

Washing your face has come a long way since using soap and water or just water alone. Face washes have many benefits that rival these old-fashioned methods. Face wash goes deeper into the skin, cleansing the pores to remove impurities and buildup from dirt, oil, and makeup. And it does this while not drying out your skin like the average bar of soap would. What’s the difference between these face-washing methods? With face wash, your face will look smoother and feel softer and more hydrated. Read on to find how to use face wash correctly and its full list of benefits.

What Is Face Wash?

A face wash is a liquid, gel, foam, or sometimes a bar, used to clean your face instead of just water alone or soap and water. A face wash often foams to help remove buildup in the pores that can include makeup, dirt, oil, or pollution. This foaming action also helps combat oily skin, but for some it can be too astringent, leading to dry skin. It’s recommended that face wash be used just once per day for this reason. Face wash is often used as a step in a regular facial cleansing routine.

What Are the Benefits Of Face Wash?

Using face wash as part of your daily skincare routine has many benefits. Here are some of the benefits you can look forward to:

  • Clears away buildup. Whether it’s makeup, dirt, oil, or daily pollutants, face wash helps remove it all.
  • Keeps your skin hydrated. Regularly washing your face with face wash helps you maintain your skin’s pH level, making it more soft, smooth, and ultimately keeps it hydrated.
  • Exfoliates your skin. Washing your face regularly helps sweep away dead skin cells, giving the chance for new skin cells to grow. As a result, your skin will look smoother and softer.
  • Stimulates blood circulation. The act of washing and massaging your face with face wash can help improve the blood circulation in your face, leading to a glowing complexion.
  • Treats acne. Using a face wash regularly can help prevent bacteria getting trapped in pores that leads to acne breakouts.
  • Slows down the appearance of aging. All that exfoliation and cleansing goes a long way in making the skin of your face look more radiant and ultimately younger.

How to Choose Your Face Wash Product Based on Your Skin Type

For balanced skin: Use NIVEA Rose MicellAIR Face Wash, which purifies your skin without drying it out, and cleans thoroughly, removing even waterproof makeup without the need for rubbing.

For sensitive, dry skin: Use NIVEA Gentle Face Wash, formulated with purified water and enriched with almond oil, is soothes and softens sensitive, dry skin, and maintains its natural moisture.

For combination skin: Use NIVEA Purifying Face Wash, formulated with ocean algae to revitalize your skin. It cleans your pores deeply, targeting impurities, and reduces excess sebum to prevent shine while maintaining your skin’s moisture.

For normal skin: Use NIVEA Refreshing Face Wash, made with lotus extract. It cleans your skin deeply, removes impurities, and maintains your skin’s natural moisture.

For all skin types: Use NIVEA 3in1 Urban Skin Detox Clay Wash, made with black rice, green tea extract, and natural clay. It reduces bacteria that causes acne, refines pores, removes dead skin cells, and offer a mattifying, smoothening effect.

How to Properly Wash Your Face

Here are the steps you need to take to wash your face properly:

  1. Start with clean hands
  2. Moisten your face with lukewarm water
  3. Apply a small amount of face wash to your face, forehead, and even neck
  4. Massage it into your face
  5. Rinse off the face wash with lukewarm water
  6. Pat your face dry.

Frequently Asked Questions about Face Wash

  • Does face wash improve skin? Yes, face wash nourishes your skin while removing dead skin cells. This gentle exfoliation helps your skin shed old layers and regenerate a new layer of skin.
  • Can I wash my face with water only? Yes, you can wash your fac with just water. Some people prefer using a face wash only once per day but wash their face with just water a second or third time. If you think face wash is drying out your skin, you may want to only use it once per day.
  • If I have very sensitive skin, can I skip face wash and use just cleanser? Instead of skipping face wash, limit yourself to using it just once per day, like in the morning or in the evening. Then use a gentle cleanser once or twice per day to supplement the face wash.
  • When should I use face wash and when should I use cleanser? It depends on your routine. You may like to use a face wash in the morning, and again after getting home from work or the gym. Or you could use face wash at night just before you go to sleep. Use cleanser before you put on makeup, which would follow your morning face wash routine.