How to Wash Your Face the Right Way

Are You Washing Your Face the Right Way?

This is one of those things we all do on a daily basis, but not all of us are washing our face the right way.
Myself included. I’ve been making mistakes in my own face washing routine.

I’m going to walk you through all of the face washing tips I uncovered….to help you take better care of your skin.

I am honored to partner with L’OCCITANE en Provence on this post. It’s a brand I have admired and used for years!

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter cleansing water, cleansing oil and comforting creams

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter cleansing water, cleansing oil and comforting creams

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter 3-in-1 cleansing water

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter 3-in-1 cleansing water

1) Makeup Removal and Cleansing are Two Separate Things

As I was researching this post, this really threw me for a loop! Makeup removal and cleansing are two separate things??
I’m traditionally a one-and-done kind of girl.  The more fast and efficient the process is…the happier I am.

But, in this case…it looks like I’ve been skipping a whole step!
You should first use a proper makeup remover to remove makeup from your eyes and face.
L’OCCITANE’s 3-in-1 Cleansing Water (pictured above) is incredibly gentle (alcohol-free).
It doesn’t irritate eyes at all.
It easily removes makeup, smells fresh and clean, and contains shea butter to hydrate your skin.
Once you remove your makeup, then you apply your cleanser.

BONUS: You can also tone your face with this 3-in-1 Cleansing Water (after cleansing) before applying your makeup!

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter cleansing water and cleansing oil

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter 3-in-1 cleansing water

2) Use the Right Cleanser For Your Skin Type

I also found this information quite fascinating, according to the American Academy of Dermatologyyou should cleanse your skin gently, with a gentle cleanser.
If you scrub your skin, it can not only cause irritation, it can also accelerate aging!
It might take a while to adjust to the cleansing oil versus a bubbly wash, but once you do, you will never go back.

The L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Cleansing Oil is the cleanser I’ve been using lately. I brought it with me on my trip to Cabo San Lucas over the holidays.
It is pure heaven! The smell, the texture, the hydration…Even the price is amazing at just $24 for 6.7 ounces!!

I’m not exaggerating when I say, you’ll thank me for this one.

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter cleansing oil

3) Massage Cleanser Into Face

Now, let’s talk technique. I know it’s tempting to quickly apply a cleanser, and then rinse it off.
After all, 9 times out of 10, you are in a big rush or super tired. But, you are missing a golden opportunity.
If you gently massage the cleaner into your face, you can increase it’s efficacy by as much as 30%, according to Refinery 29.
You should apply using circular motions starting in the middle and working your way to the hairline. Don’t forget your neck and chest!

When I massaged the the Shea Butter Cleansing Oil into my face, I felt like I was given myself a personal spa treatment.
It’s SO wonderful, you will want to take the time.

Shop the L’OCCITANE Shea Collection here.

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter cleansing water, cleansing oil and comforting creams

4) Use Warm to Cool Water

Listen…I love a good scalding as much as the next woman, but apparently it’s not great for your skin.
Hot water can strip your skin of moisture, and cause redness and irritation.
Opt instead for luke warm or even cool water to wash your face.
The colder water will constrict capillaries, close pores and reduce swelling.

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter ultra rich comforting cream for day and night moisturizers

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter cleansing water, cleansing oil and comforting creams

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter ultra rich comforting cream for day and night moisturizers

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter ultra rich comforting cream for day

5) Moisturize

The last step in your face washing process… moisturize.
Finding the right moisturizer for your skin type can be tricky.
For me, I have dry, aging skin and I look for intense hydration, especially now that we live at altitude (9,500 feet!)

I have really enjoyed using both the Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream (day) and the Ultra Rich Comforting Cream (night) over the past several weeks.
I’ve heard of shea butter, but wasn’t really sure what it does.
According to L’OCCITANE, shea butter is particularly rich in omega 6 and karitene.
That doesn’t mean a whole lot to me, but essentially these molecules help to moisturize, nourish and protect your skin.

Shop the entire L’OCCITANE Shea Collection here.

washing face, the right way with beauty blogger over 40 Erin Busbee, featuring L'OCCITANE shea butter cleansing water, cleansing oil and comforting creams

A Couple of Other Helpful Hints When Washing your Face:

Be sure to wash your face at least once a day, twice is preferred (both AM and PM).
If you only wash your face once per day, make sure it’s at night before you go to bed.
And, never ever go to sleep with your makeup on.

Have you been making any common face washing mistakes? Share your stories in comments section below.
And, please let us all know what you think of the L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Skincare Collection.

HUGE thank you to L’OCCITANE en Provence for sponsoring this post.  All thoughts are my own.

Thank you SO much for stopping by!

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  1. I just realized this “removing makeup and cleansing are not the same thing” over the past few days. I bought a CeraVE hydrating cleanser and washed my face with it like I normally would and I still had makeup and mascara all over my face. I used some micellar water to remove the makeup and decided the hydrating cleanser was a bad purchase — but I was just using it wrong! Thanks so much for sharing this info. I learn so much from you.

    1. Thank you for sharing your story, Linda! I think there are a lot of us not quite doing it right. Hopefully this will help.. Erin xo

  2. HIGHLY RECOMMEND DOING THIS. I had awful hormonal acne from starting the pill, and even worse when I got off it. Nothing seemed to work, from all natural face washes/moisturizers, topical acne ointments, nothing… UNTIL I TRIED RAW HONEY AS A CLEANSER!! People have said that they’ve broken out after trying it, but it was the complete opposite for me because my existing blemishes diminished over night!! My face looks beautiful, with acne scarring here and there, and I’m so happy I tried this. For those wondering, I use Whole Foods regular raw honey and it works great.

  3. My daughter surprised me with the Colleen Rothschild trial kit for Christmas. I wasn’t sure if a super hydrating regimen would work with my oily 58 yo skin, but I love it. Maybe I will try this line when I use it up. Thanks for sharing these great skin care product lines.

    1. I keep alternating between the two and I LOVE both!! The cleansing water and oil are absolute heaven! If you are already used to a balm, you’ll love the oil… Erin xo

  4. I’ve used L’OCCITANE for Body and another brand for my Face regimen but I would definitely try this out. You look amazing even without a stitch of make-up on!

    1. That’s SO sweet…thank you so much! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by my site! Erin xo

  5. Love this post, the pictures, everything! Once I use up the face wash I have now I’m seriously thinking about switching to this system! Sounds wonderfully thought through.

    1. The cleansing water and oil are HEAVEN!
      You will love them… thanks for the sweet words. I appreciate your support… Erin xo

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