Before you start a project, you usually begin with a clean work area, whether painting, cooking, or crafting (i hope!) Your face is the same way. You need a clean canvas before you start your masterpiece!
First clean with a good facial soap, not bar soap! (i used bar soap for years & had a red face to prove it.) Burt's Bees facial soaps are my preferred choice, but find one that works for you and your skin type.
Every few days i like to exfoliate my face with baking soda. I love that it's a readily available product, and it's super gentle on my skin. Exfoliating is key to having bright, clear skin! It helps clear blackheads & removes dead skin, and is one of the most essential things you can do for beautiful skin.
After washing & exfoliating, next moisturise, again with a product adequate for the face. This is also a super important step & one we neglect often! Even if you have oily skin it's necessary to replace what you removed with washing. Moisturiser does not apply oil, but much needed water. In the summer's humidity you can usually go without though, as there's plenty of moisture in the air!
After moisturising, and before appling makeup, make sure that the moisturiser is well absorbed, but polishing it over with a sponge or your fingertips.
Now you're ready to start your face!