The Way We Wash Our Faces
Skin is tricky in that if yours is good, you only really know it because you’re not repulsed when you look in a mirror. If it’s bad, you tend to feel like there’s nothing you can do to repair the seeming “damage.” I know this to be true only because one day last summer someone asked me if I was my mom’s mom.
It was so fucked up.
I am the inverse of her age.
Before that encounter, I almost never washed my face. This is probably because subconsciously, I believed I’d look like I was 15 forever.
I would not.
The first few months I spent lathering cleanser onto my face and subsequently smacking myself with drops of faucet water, I hated the ritual. My finger tips are almost always cold and my face does not particularly care for that but I appreciated the effect it had on my skin. I’ve been more or less washing the same way since I started, using Clean and Clear’s blackhead eraser three out of seven days a week and Cetaphil the others. I typically put a serum on my face immediately after — sometimes by La Mer, other times by Somme and then a moisturizer which changes depending on what makes it into my medicine cabinet when.
But this is only before bed. I’ve yet to master the art of The Morning Face Wash. Judge me, go ahead.
Amelia: I use Somme religiously every night and every morning. I start with the cleanser (if I run out and don’t feel like buying more yet, I use Cetaphil) then the exfoliating pads (which I only use at night). Next comes the serum, the moisturizer, the eye cream and each morning, the sunscreen. I’ve gotten so routine about it I still perform all of the proper steps while drunk. For removing my mascara, I’m devoted to Make Up Forever’s Sens’Eyes Waterproof Cleanser.
Charlotte: I hate washing my face. My secret was that I usually don’t, until my Mom brought to my attention the ring of dirt forming around my mouth she referred to as a “dirt moustache.” So now I wash once per day and typically it occurs during my morning shower when my pores have opened a bit. My skin is extremely dry and sensitive and I am allergic to the majority of face products. Upon testing new cleansers and creams, a burning sensation will occur on my cheeks and I will turn tomato red. It’s fun!
I use Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foam Cleanser which is probably for babies and then follow up with Aveeno’s daily moisturizing lotion. When my skin is feeling extra dry post-wash I will dab on the tiniest bit of Kate Somerville’s deep tissue repair cream.
So, that’s that. What do you do?
Image via Marie Claire