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](http://www.allure.com/story/face-washing-tips) 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.

In observance of A Day Without a Woman, this story was previously scheduled.

This story originally appeared on Allure.

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