Should you wash your face for 1 minute or less?
I recently heard of this 1 minute facial wash k-beauty (Korean beauty) method when I was learning more about K-beauty (Korean beauty). As rule I’m not a fan of K-beauty since most of it is not cruelty-free. However method is what does interest me.
Glass skin is huge trend in skincare these days and who doesn’t want smooth reflective skin?
The question is how does one get there. K-beauty is big on the double cleansing method. First remove makeup with an oil cleanser and then use a foaming or non oil cleanser for a complete clean. This would likely take One minute.
My usual routine is speed washing my face as I see it as chore to be completed ASAP. Can you relate? I wanted to try washing my face for 1 minute to see if I thought it made a difference. I was skeptical.
I first time I tried this with a special facial cloth like a makeup eraser cloth. To be honest I thought washing my face for 1 minute might be overkill so I wanted something extra soft. I used a foaming cleanser. Strangely enough I didn’t feel as impatient as I thought I would. I actually enjoyed it. I found it relaxing & pampering.
The key here is don’t scrub your face. Don’t grind down on your face. Use circular wiping motions to WASH your face. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser.
What not to do. Avoid using a scrub with this method. It’s not needed.
- Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin.
The second time I tried this I used a regular bathroom wash cloth. I used the same foaming cleanser. I thought this would rough up my face but it didn’t! I also thought it might dry out my face. That didn’t happen either. Using a cleansing oil works for drier skins. I liked the 1 minute wash with cleansing oil even better. Either way I felt my skin benefited from the 1 minute wash. I can see how this would allow skincare to better penetrate using this cleansing method. You’ll have less dead skin to block the efficiency of your serums & moisturizers
I honestly don’t think the cleanser type (oil or foaming) matters much as the time spent itself. I also wouldn’t recommend a facial brush for this. I own several and it would be too long for my skin to handle. A konjac sponge would work well . I love those. They soften up with water. The Konjac Facial Cleansing Sponge acts as a gentle exfoliator, rubbing off dead skin cells in the most delicate manner, while its natural fibers effectively and simultaneously cling dirt and makeup away from your skin.
What did happen? Did it make difference? Yes. I honestly thought my face felt much smoother and cleaner. Time to stop speed washing my face.