How to Accurately Clean Your Face

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 06/10/2015 | 03:24 PM EDT

The hot weather is here, so it’s about time you learned how to thoroughly cleanse your skin

For the most part, many of you have been doing this all wrong. So, before summer creeps up on us and messes with our skin, let me guide you on how to actually clean your face.

Step 1: Get the right water temperature

It should be luke warm. Not hot or cold. Nothing more, nothing less.

Step 2: Remove your makeup

I know a lot of you are probably saying “duh”. But most women don’t actually remove their makeup before they clean their face. But you should. Saturate a cotton ball in your favorite makeup remover, or use a makeup wipe to clear off all makeup.

Step 3: Wash your face

Dampen your skin with water and pour a dime size amount of cleanser into your hands. Using your index, middle and ring finger, from both hands, message the cleanser into your face for 1-2 minutes. Yes, that long. If you need to do a double cleanse, that’s fine.

Step 4: Rinse with your luke warm water

Thoroughly, making sure you’ve removed all of the cleanser.

Step 5: Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

Do NOT rub and do not air dry.

Step 6: Apply your toner

You should have a toner at all times. Toner help to remove any left over residue and helps prevents blemishes and inflammation. Our favorite is the fresh Rose Floral Toner.

Step 7: Apply your moisturizer

If you use extra serums for your eyes or special treatments, apply that first. Then, apply your moisturizer.

Yes, it seems like a lot. But, beautiful skin comes with a little maintenance! 

(Photo: Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc./Blend Images/Corbis)

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