the right face cleanser.
Once you figure out the first step you'll need to use it uniformly, night and day. This step is the simplest trick to consistently clear skin but if not followed, it will give you unpredictable results. This is because consistent use of the facial cleanser prepares your skin for any other step in your skincare routine. Here is an article where I'm quoted with other skincare experts. Source: Seventeen.com
By Kara McGrath Are You Washing Your Face Wrong?
Washing your face seems like a total no-brainer, but you could be skipping totally crucial steps! Dermatologists Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank and Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi and Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas break down the key mistakes you could be making. You're Rushing Through Your Wash
Wash your face every single night, and in the morning too if you tend to break out! For the perfect clean, spend a few minutes working the cleanser into the skin before rinsing. Make sure to cover your entire face, including the eye area. Small circles is the best way to make sure you loosen any makeup and dirt! Then, splash lukewarm water on your face to rinse it off. You're Not Exfoliating
Use a gentle exfoliator... at least once a week to help with dead skin cells and naturally even out your skin. A Clarisonic (starting at $125, sephora.com) is a great investment as well, even if you aren't prone to breakouts! It seriously scrubs to get dirt that's hidden deep down in your pores-you'll notice smoother skin with less blemishes after just a few weeks. You can also use a wash cloth for the cleanse if you want a gentle exfoliation, but be sure to wash the cloth after every use! Don't overdo it, though-exfoliating more than twice a week can irritate your skin. You're Rinsing With Too-Hot Water
It's best to wash your face at the sink (rather than in the shower) so you can use lukewarm to cold water. Anything hotter can totally dry out your skin. You're Using The Wrong Cleanser For Your Skin
Strong formulas can make skin feel tight and squeaky clean, which might sound like a good thing, but is actually a signal of over-drying or damage! Look for cleansers with calming ingredients, like soy proteins and green tea, that will soothe sensitive skin. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, the most important step in your routine is a face wash that contains salicylic acid. It's the same ingredient in most spot treatments, and will really help banish any pesky blemishes! You're Overusing Face Wipes
An alternative to cleansers and scrubs are towelettes, which can be used at the gym for a quick cleanse at night. They remove makeup but are best for a quick fix. Always use follow-up with a cleanser and water when you get home to really clean your skin. You're Not Moisturizing After You Wash
Your skin benefits the most if you moisturize at night, since your skin has more time out of the elements to really absorb the cream's benefits. Pick one specifically designed for your skin type (dry, combo, or oily) so you don't end up under or over-hydrating your skin. To buy my Vitamin C Face Cleanser call 212.949.2350 or come to Joanna Vargas in New York City. 501 Fifth Ave. Suite 2011 NY, NY 10017. Or shop online here.