There are really no hard rules in skincare, except, of course, avoiding using something straight-up toxic. That’s why there’s a popular expression in the Asian beauty community that goes “YMMV” or “your mileage may vary”.
There’s a way of washing your face that I wish were implemented as a rule, though, because it just makes more sense. I’ve always wondered why the Japanese put a premium on cleansing when it’s the part of any skincare routine that you get over with the fastest. And then it hit me, why not prolong it?
I’ve been using the Foreo Luna Mini 2 for my cleansing needs. It pulsates and pauses every 15 seconds as a signal that you need to move to a different area of your face. All in all, you use it for 60 seconds. That got me thinking: why don’t I wash my face (even without the Foreo) for 60 seconds? That way, you don’t just give the cleanser time to work its magic but you also give yourself a mini massage.
It turns out, I’m not the only one who’s thought about this. Following the 60-second rule is said to be great for “dissolving sebum blockages better” and making the skin soft, according to esthetician Nayamka Roberts-Smith.
Many people who followed Roberts-Smith’s tip have already heralded it as a game-changer. I, for sure, have seen the difference of taking more time on cleansing on my skin so I’m all for it. But how about you? Would you try it?
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