Six easy steps for a gentle, but thorough, cleansing.

By Bora Chang
Updated December 08, 2006
Los Angeles makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian loves to give her face a deep cleansing after a long day on the job. (“It can get a little grimy,” she says of working on different locations.) Chang-Babaian takes a warm shower to relax and remove surface dirt. Then she steps out of the shower and uses an electric facial steamer (available at beauty-supply stores) to begin unclogging pores (putting your face over a pot of steaming water for five minutes will also work). She smooths on Shiseido the Skincare Purifying Mask ($30,, which contains marine clay to dislodge oil and debris. If stronger measures are in order, like for clearing up a patch of blackheads, she steams her face, then uses Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips ($7 at drugstores). “This makes a world of difference,” she says.
Yunhee Kim

Step 1: Wash your hands. Otherwise, you’ll just be rubbing dirt and bacteria onto your skin. If you wear eye makeup, use an eye makeup remover to tissue it off before cleansing.

Step 2: Wet your face completely by splashing it with warm or tepid water. Avoid hot water, which strips skin of its natural protective oils, leaving it fragile and dry.

Step 3: Lather a nickel-sized amount of cleanser between your hands, then, using your fingertips, gently massage it into your skin using a circular motion.

Step 4: Start at the forehead, then move down the nose, out to the cheeks, and down. Don’t forget your hairline, eyebrows, and neck.

Step 5: Rinse the cleanser off by repeatedly splashing cool water over your face. Pay attention to the spots that are easily missed, such as the hairline. Spend more time rinsing than cleansing since cleanser residue can irritate your skin.

Step 6: Use a clean, soft towel to gently blot―not rub or pull―your face and neck.