Why "Dirty" Skin Could Actually Be a Good Thing
Bob Harper's NYC Apartment Tour + Rach's Everything Pigs in a Bl…
Barbara Corcoran Shares Her Best Business Advice + Nachos 2 Ways
Rach's Bucatini with Bacon & Creamy Onion Sauce + Chef Richard B…
Rach’s Rotisserie Chicken Meal + Stacy London's Makeover
Season 17 of Rachael Is Coming—Here's When!
3 Tools Every DIYer Should Have
3 Kitchen Tools NY Times' Melissa Clark Can't Cook or Bake Witho…
3 Things You Should Add to Your Medicine Cabinet, According To a…
A Style Expert on Why the Nap Dress Is So Popular
Rach's Porterhouse Steak for John + Chef Scott Conant's Cast-Iro…
Summer-Ready Raw Zucchini Salad + Best Seasonal Produce Buys
Our Shortcuts Show: Chef Kelly Senyei Shares Ultimate Baking Sho…
Chef Curtis Stone Makes Grilled Fish Tacos + Rach's Veal Francese
Viewer Goes Meat-Free for a Week + Carrot and Butternut Squash C…
Rach's Derm Shares How to Use Retinol for Anti-Aging + Fave Prod…
How to Stay Organized While Running a Business From Home
The Right Order to Apply Skincare Products, According to Rachael…
How to Make Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies With Sea Salt
How to Make Spicy Lamb Chops with Polenta and Broiled Tomatoes |…
Yes, there IS such thing as your face being *too* clean, leading NYC dermatologist and the author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin, Dr. Whitney Bowe, says.
"The number one mistake that Americans make when it comes to [their] skin," the derm explains, "is that they're over-cleansing."
BUT that doesn't excuse you from washing your face, everyone!
"You don't have to rub and scrub your skin raw," Dr. Whitney stresses, "but you do want to take off your makeup at night."
Luckily, the derm broke down her suggested face-washing technique for us:
1. Dampen your skin with warm -- not hot! -- water
(You *can* use cold water, if you're up for it, like Rach!)
2. Massage a couple pumps of a GENTLE cleanser into your skin, using circular motions
3. Rinse with warm water
4. Pat -- not rub! -- your face dry with a clean towel
Watch one of our viewers demonstrate under the doc's watchful eye in the video above!
Now, while Dr. Whitney does approve of exfoliating once or twice a week, make sure you use a GENTLE scrub or brush.
And beware of toners!
"Toners should not have alcohol in them," she stresses. "Stay away from anything that leaves the skin feeling tight, dry [or] squeaky clean. That's killing off your good bugs."
And by "good bugs," she means the probiotics -- or bacteria -- living inside your gut and on your skin.
Learn more about them -- and Dr. Whitney's 3-week probiotic skin care plan -- here!