Do You Wash Your Face Before or After Cleanser?

The world of skincare can be a confusing place, especially with the myriad of products available in the market. One question that often arises is whether you should wash your face before or after using a facial cleanser. This blog post aims to clear up any confusion and guide you through the correct order of your skincare routine.

Understanding Facial Cleansers

Before we delve into the specifics, let's first understand what a facial cleanser is and its role in your skincare regimen. A facial cleanser is a product designed to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin. It works by breaking down these substances, making it easier for them to be washed away.

Cleansers come in various forms such as gels, creams, foams, oils, and micellar water. Each type caters to different skin types and concerns. For instance, oil-based cleansers are excellent for dry skin types as they provide extra hydration while gel-based cleansers are suitable for oily or acne-prone skin due to their lightweight formula.

The Correct Order: Washing Your Face Before Using a Facial Cleanser

Now that we have understood what a facial cleanser is let's answer the burning question - should you wash your face before or after using it? The answer is before.

Washing your face with lukewarm water before applying a facial cleanser helps open up your pores. This process allows the cleanser to penetrate deeper into your skin and effectively remove dirt and impurities.

After wetting your face with water, apply an appropriate amount of facial cleanser onto your fingertips or a soft cloth. Gently massage it onto your face in circular motions for about 30 seconds to one minute. This action not only ensures that the product is evenly distributed across all areas but also boosts blood circulation which promotes healthier skin.  Try our facial oil cleanser with organic oils of sunflower, golden jojoba and castor oil.  This combination of oils ensures that a deep cleansing, going right into the pores, goes on

Rinsing Off The Facial Cleanser

Once you've thoroughly massaged the facial cleanser onto your skin, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Make sure that all traces of the product are removed as any residue can potentially clog pores leading to breakouts.

After rinsing off the facial cleanser, gently pat dry with a clean towel instead of rubbing as this can irritate the skin. At this point, your skin should feel clean but not tight or dry which indicates that its natural moisture barrier has been preserved.

The Next Steps in Your Skincare Routine

After washing off the facial cleanser comes toning which helps balance out the pH levels of your skin and prepares it for better absorption of subsequent products like serums and moisturizers.

To apply toner, simply pour a small amount onto a cotton pad and gently sweep across your face avoiding sensitive areas like eyes and lips.

Following toning comes moisturizing which locks in hydration keeping your skin plump and healthy-looking throughout the day.  Try out our night face cream.  It can be used at night or during the day if you rub it in very well and don't mind a shininess to your skin.  A lot of my customers use it all the time be it at night or during the day and to great effect.  It might not be suitable though during the day if you're using foundation cream


In conclusion, washing your face before applying a facial cleanser allows for more effective cleansing by opening up pores for deeper penetration. Always ensure that all traces of the product are rinsed off completely to prevent potential breakouts from clogged pores. Lastly remember to follow up with toning and moisturizing steps to maintain balanced hydrated skin.

Understanding these basic steps will help you make better decisions when choosing skincare products suitable for you while ensuring their maximum efficacy.

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