Rub Your Skin the Right Way
For a gentle but thorough cleansing, your best tools are at your fingertips — in fact, they are your fingertips. "Your fingers do a terrific job and can actually provide a light massage during your cleanse that can stimulate circulation and promote lymphatic drainage," says Jill Bucy, owner of Jill Bucy Skincare in Seattle.
While over-washing and over-scrubbing can irritate sensitive skin, make redness and rosacea worse, and aggravate breakouts, some facialists do use facial sponges to help cleanse more thoroughly without the abrasiveness of a scrub or washcloth. This is especially helpful for acne-prone skin, which tends to get clogged, says Dr. Wu.
Daily Glow editors are fans of the Clarisonic Skincare Brush ($195). It cleans with sonic waves to gently exfoliate and it beeps at intervals to ensure you spend enough time washing each section of your face. If you don't invest in a brush, Dr. Scola recommends singing "Happy Birthday" to yourself twice while applying cleanser, which should roughly come out at 30 seconds.
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