Cleansing the skin of the face is a very delicate situation. Everyone has skin that is slightly different. For instance, some skin reacts better to softer materials and others might react better to a material or process that is more exfoliating. Understanding what works best for your skin is going to give you the best results when washing your face.
Using a washcloth
Have you ever looked red after washing your face with a washcloth? Or has your skin ever been inflamed after taking your makeup off with a washcloth? There is a reason for this, and it may not be totally the fault of the washcloth. When using a washcloth, you tend to be more aggressive on your skin. This is what causes irritation. However, the soft or rough surface of the washcloth may not be a good match for your skin either. Considering most of us are trying to get skin that is glowing, a washcloth is not the way to reach this goal. Washcloths do not generally give your complexion the level of care that it needs to look its best.
When reading about the different types of skin washing devices below it is important to remember a few things. For one, not everything works the same way for everyone. Be sure that you know your own skin type well enough to choose which items might work best. You need a facial cleanser (liquid, foam or cream) that is going to mesh well with your skin type too. There are lots of options and considerations before choosing a device for washing your face.
Using cleansing brushes
Cleansing brushes are a very popular skin care tool. A lot of these brushes claim to clean six times deeper and better than just applying cleanser with your hands. Many have a vibrating mechanism that helps to get even deeper into the skin. Others have different speeds and pulsing motions that work to remove dead skin cells from the surface and leave skin looking bright and rejuvenated.
Some cleansing brushes come with detachable brush heads as well. This can be helpful depending on what type of clean you are trying to do to your face. Some of the possible attachments are for buffing purposes, others are brightening and even others are for scrubbing and detoxing. These tools do tend to be on the pricier side. There are several brands that offer the brushes as sets that include travel necessities as well so you never have to go without your skin cleansing tools.
Using a facial steamer
Facial steamers have become more popular in the past few years, but many tend to steer clear of steamers due to the fact that they are usually large and hard to store. Steamer systems utilize a ceramic heating element to turn distilled water into steam which is pumped to a shaped device that is held to the face. The steam is able to penetrate deep into the pores of the skin, freeing trapped debris.
Not only will steam replenish hydration in your face, it also promotes collagen regeneration, removes impurities, kills bacteria, and stimulates blood circulation. A steaming system is able to do all of these things at one time, which is a lot more than other tools can say for themselves. Most of the systems are able to heat up quite quickly. This is a great alternative to using harsh chemicals. It is quite relaxing as well. Almost like a spa treatment for your face from the comfort of your home.
Using micro-current technology
This is not a cleansing tool, but a device that uses low level electrical currents to trigger your body’s natural skin enhancing chemicals. It does this at a cellular level within the skin. For a long time this was a procedure that you could only receive at a high end spa, but now you can safely do it yourself at home. It is great for improving facial circulation and skin tone, reducing lines and wrinkles.
When using the device, you will be able to feel the electrical current, but it will not be strong enough to hurt or electrocute you. There is no pain involved. Usually these tools are small and easy to travel with. However, they are typically expensive and they aren’t able to clean the entire face. They are a specialized anti aging treatment, so if that’s a concern for you, this item might be a great addition to your skincare routine. However, it will not be able to completely replace cleansing your face. After using one of these devices your skin will feel smoother and look younger.