Many people have questions about this simple task!
Wash your face with lukewarm to cool water. Hot water will dry your skin as well as increase blood flow to the face which can exacerbate puffiness (especially around the eyes).
Splash your face with water, apply a dime size amount of cleanser to the palm of your hand, rub your palms together and apply the cleanser evenly to your face. Use a gentle, circular motion to work the cleanser on your skin for at least a minute. Rinse 2-3 times with clean water. Pat your face dry with a soft towel.
Use a gentle skin cleanser designed for the face.
Foaming cleansers will dry excess oil but I don’t recommend them unless you have extremely oily skin. For combination, normal and dry skin, use a cream base cleanser. If this doesn’t give you the squeaky clean feeling you crave, wash twice: lather, rinse, repeat.
Wash your face morning and night. Additionally, wash your face between work and working out (or any activity where you perspire).