Racing With Your Skin Care Won’t Get You Top Prize

Q: Does it matter how long I wash my face? Beth, Winona LakeA. Thanks for your question, Beth. As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start to summer, one of the big events for many is the Indianapolis 500 race. Just like in auto racing where timing is everything so it is with your skin care as well.

You asked about washing your face, Beth. I recommend all my patients wash their face for one minute both morning and night with a medical-strength cleanser appropriate for their skin type. Just like riding a bike in the Indy 500 where you want to be, neither will washing your face too quickly. It takes one minute to break up and wash away all of the dirt, sebum and oil on your face. If you use a sonic cleansing device, those often have timers on them that shut off after 60 seconds.

Speaking of timing, when you wash your face is important too. Always be sure to wash your face after you have shampooed and conditioned your hair. That way you can wash away any oils or other skin clogging ingredients that may be on your face.

After you have washed your face, any other skin care products you apply next should be massaged into your skin. When skin care products sit on the top of your skin, you do not reap the full benefits. Beth, you want to be sure to rub in any creams or lotions in a circular motion until they have completely disappeared. This will both help increase the product’s absorption and penetration into your skin. Massaging the products into your skin also increases the benefits of the active ingredients which means you will see increased results.

The good news is that it only takes a few extra seconds to give your skin a little exercise for a lot of extra benefits. So, don’t race through your skincare routine. In this case, by going a little slower you will actually come out on top and your skin will take home the checkered flag! Beth, if you have any other skin care questions, be sure to talk with a professional medical aesthetics provider.

Jennifer KauffmanJennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on Botox, fillers and sclerotherapy.

Do you have a question for Jennifer, about this article or another cosmetic skin care issue? Please call Vein Institute & Medi Spa at 574-267-1900 to have your questions answered and considered for future columns. Questions can also be submitted online at

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