Dirt Soap skin care soap bath crystals.jpg?mw=230&fh=153Everybody thinks they know how to wash their face, right? Well, a lot of us are choosing products that don't quite work with our skin chemistry, stripping it of precious moisture and triggering some serious skin freak-outs.

The good news is not only will choosing the right product make for happier skin right now, but since irritation over time can cause inflammation (which means faster aging), you can actually save your skin some grief down the road. I turned to Joshua Fox, M.D., founder of Advanced Dermatology and a spokesman for the American Academy of Dermatology, to help sort out the everything you ever needed to know about the whole skin-cleansing process.

First, make sure you're sudsing up the right. "Sometimes our soap habits can be more of a culprit in drying or irritating the skin than the soap itself." The solution? He says the face should be washed twice (morning and night), with just enough lathering to clean the skin surface and without excessive rubbing or sloughing. Then rinse twice with lukewarm (rather than hot water), getting off those last traces of the product itself so you make sure it's not sitting on your face all day, drying it out.

Now on to choosing the right product. His recommendations by skin type:

For oily or acne-prone skin: Reach for a wash with salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid) to slough off pore-clogging dead skin cells, or benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient that dries up pimples. You can find either add-in in different percentages, so if your face is sensitive, stick to a low level (.5 to 1 percent in salicylic acid or 5 percent in bezoyl peroxide).

For dry skin: Go for a mild "superfatted" soap or wash with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, glycerin, and vitamin E. Hint: Just look for words "moisturizing." These products are great because they actually deposit moisture into the skin while cleaning it, so you don't get that tight, harsh feeling afterwards.

For sensitive skin: Look for something marked "hypoallergenic," which means it's free of common skin irritants known to spur allergic reactions. And in general something that's fragrance-free (as opposed to unscented, which simply means the products doesn't have a scent) is a good way to go since perfumes can be grating on sensitive types. Dr. Fox also advises to lay off the scrubbing and make sure to rinse well.

For normal skin: For the most part, you can wash with a gentle cleanser and be set. But when your skin swings one way or the other, Dr. Fox says to look to any of the variety of botanical and organic soaps available on the market to address those temporary fluctuations. When you get a little irritation, try soothing lavender When skin needs some light exfoliation, go for something with organic oatmeal. And in the winter months, you may need something with some more moisturizing ingredients to keep your face happy.

That's it--all the basics of keeping your skin sparkling, clear and pretty. So tonight, practice all you've learned. Your skin will most definitely thank you.
Written by :Healthnews