Washing your face is like many other elements of a good health and beauty routine. Sure, you can do it fast by just splashing on some water and soap. You can cut corners by skipping lotion. You can sleep in your makeup and just ignore it all together…but your skin will pay.In the spirit of the back-to-school season, it’s time for a quick lesson on how to properly wash your face. Let Dr. Shternfeld walk you through the basics with this 5-step skincare guide you can start using today!

Know your skin type.

This is really important. Are you oily, dry, or combo? Do you breakout or have sensitive skin? Your skin care products should be tailored to fit your needs. Skin care is not a one-size-fits-all thing. Once you identify your skin type, search for products that specifically address your needs and skin concerns.

Don’t over do it.

A gentle 30 second scrub with a cleanser made for your skin type is all you need. You can actually wash your face too much or too harshly which can lead to irritation. Use small, circular motions with your fingers using warm water to open up pores. Make sure the water isn’t too hot.

Use a toner.

Washing your face is more than just cleansing. Incorporate a mild toner into your routine for amazing results. A quality toner can remove dirt, oil, makeup and bacteria to unclog pores. A toner can also help shrink your pores and restore your skin’s PH balance.

Moisturize!

A good moisturizer works wonders. Not only does it hydrate and refresh, it helps with flaking and dullness. Your skin will be bright and creamy throughout the day and have an extra layer of protection if you use a moisturizer in the morning. When you going to bed, opt for a heavier anti-aging night cream.

Wear Sunscreen.

This is the part of the skin care routine most women skip. Wearing sunscreen DAILY is essential no matter what your age or the season. Not only will it help keep your skin safe, it will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming.