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Skin Cleansing Basics

Skin cleaning basics include product recommendations and soap explanations. Learn more about skin cleaning basics at HowStuffWorks.

Are bubble baths good for my skin?

Bubbles may make baths more fun for children, and a sudsy soak may be just what you need after a stressful day. But bubble baths have some surprising health risks that could have you rethinking bath time.

Quick Tips: Is It Normal for Your Face to Turn Red After Washing?

Redness on the face is a common problem, but it shouldn't happen every time you wash your face. Find out what causes your face to turn red after washing. See more »

How to Wash Your Face with Olive Oil

Washing your face with olive oil is becoming a new trend. We explain why olive oil and an oil-cleansing method may be the best way to wash your face. See more »

Quick Tips: Should you wash your face with warm or cold water?

The water temperature you wash your face with can hurt or harm your skin. See if cold or warm water is the way to go when it comes to washing your face See more »

Quick Tips: Should I not wash my face if it's dry?

Dry skin can be tricky to cleanse. There are face washes for dry skin, but do they really work? We'll help you perfect your dry skin care routine. See more »

Quick Tips: Exfoliating Your Face

Ever wondered how to exfoliate your face and how often you should do it? Read on for tips for exfoliating your face. See more »

Quick Tips: Washing Your Face

You might think face washing is a no-brainer, but if you want skin that's clear, youthful and clean, you might want to put a little thought into your daily routine. See more »

Skin Cleansers: Fast Facts

Get fast facts on skin cleansers, and learn about the different varieties available so you can choose the best option for your skin. See more »

What would happen if you never washed your face?

Your mother was right: The world is a dirty place, full of germs and other icky substances. She was also right to remind you to wash your face every day. But what would happen if you didn't? See more »

What's the best way to clean yourself?

Everyone has his or her own cleaning routine. Some prefer baths, while others enjoy a shower; some cleanse once a day, but others may wash infrequently. But is there one way to clean yourself that's better than others? See more »

If you have oily skin, can you still use an oil-based cleanser?

People with oily complexions typically choose water-based cleansers when washing -- it just doesn't make seem right to pile on more oil. But could an oil-based cleanser actually help? See more »