Health You're Probably Washing Your Face Wrong—Here's How to Do It Right
You’re Probably Washing Your Face Wrong—Here’s How to Do It Right

By Sarah Kinonen. Photos: Getty Images.

Let’s not gloss over it: Washing your face—twice a day—is like a chore we begrudgingly do solely for the reward. Consistently sudsing up can lead to super-clear and glow-y skin. But, according to Angela Jia Kim, founder of organic skin-care brand Savor Beauty{: rel=nofollow} and its eponymous east coast spas, going through the tried-and-true motions of rinsing, lathering, and repeating, might actually be doing more harm than good to your face. Here, theK-beauty skin-care expert shares her cleansing tips for a, well, cleaner wash.

1. Wash Your Hands

“You never want to wash your face with dirty hands—wash your hands first,” says Kim. Makes sense, considering there’s bacteria on your hands that can easily transfer to your face mid-scrub. Talk about gross.

2. Go Against the Grain, er Follicle

“Something my mom taught me, which is a Korean beauty secret in Seoul, is to cleanse with your hair. If your hair is growing south on your face, you’re going to want to go in circular motions north [and vice versa],” says Kim. “That way, you’re getting really in the nook and cranny of your face.”

3. Towel Off with Fresh Linen

“What a lot of people do, is wipe their faces with a dirty towel [post-cleanse]. Think about it: You just washed your face, and now you’re putting bacteria back onto your face,” she says. Guilty as charged. The next time you cleanse, [resist the urge to pat-dry]( with your shower towel. (Just think of all that bacteria being spread!) Instead, opt for a fresh cloth—no matter how mountainous your dirty laundry pile becomes.

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This story originally appeared on Allure.

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