Stop Washing Your Face With This
Squeaky does not equal clean. Your skin isn't a sink of dirty dishes, and you shouldn't treat it like one.
Three Rules to Follow
1. Don't Wash with Soap
Products labeled "soap" are often alkaline and contain ingredients such as sodium tallowate (animal fat mixed with harsh lye) that can strip all-important lipids from your face. If the bar or liquid you're using makes your skin feel tight or filmy, it likely has these harsh ingredients. Switch to a gentle cleanser — Cetaphil Men Daily Face Wash ($8) is a good one — or use a vegetable-based castile soap instead.
2. Go Lukewarm
If water temperature changes the color of your skin, turn it down. When hot water hits skin, it dissolves the fat lipids that bind skin cells together and keep moisture in and irritants out. That's not a huge deal when you're young, but as you age it takes longer to replace those lost lipids, leaving skin dry, dull, and prone to inflammatory conditions such as rosacea and eczema.
3. Nix Antibacterials
You do not need antibacterial products. For starters, the word antibacterial is basically marketing bullshit. Recent research shows that all cleansers remove bacteria, regardless of how they are labeled. More important, many antibacterial products contain triclosan, which studies have linked to allergies and an increase in endocrine-disrupting hormones.