This seems like no brainer, but washing your face CORRECTLY is the first step to a beautiful skin. With the number of times you’ve done it during your life, the process has probably become second- nature. But it turns out that washing your face isn’t quite as a straightforward process as you may have thought.
It is not uncommon to see people make mistakes in the process. REMEMBER, this region is one of your sensitive area and it needs to be treated with care. From using the wrong facial cleanser to using the wrong washcloth, find out what some of the most common face-washing mistakes are and what you should do instead!
#1 Not washing your hand before face washing
This is a very common error! Many people think it doesn’t make sense to wash their hands before cleansing their face, especially when they are using the same cleaning products. You might not have realized it, your hands are constantly exposed to bacteria because they touch so many surfaces and some products for face washing aren’t prepared to remove those impurities. By not washing your hand beforehand you could contaminate other areas!
#2 Using the wrong cleanser
Choosing the correct cleanser for your skin type is a make or break moment in your skincare routine. Using the wrong one can hinder the efficacy of any products you apply afterward, not to mention will cause irritation. Do you know that, there are differences between the water based type cleanser, gel, foam, oil cleanser and even creamy cleansing lotion type cleanser? They are being applied separately, depending on your skin type and conditions which we will be further discuss in a separate topic in our next article 🙂
#3 You use the wrong water temperature
Water that’s too hot will dry your skin, while cold water won’t let your pores open. Sounds complicated isn’t it?
NOPE! To be safe, just avoid using hot water. Hot water can strip your skin of natural oils, which can lead to dryness. It’s best to use warm water because it won’t cause any damage and will facilitate the removal of impurities. Warm water is also a much more pleasant and calming sensation.
#4 You are applying the cleanser the wrong way
YEP! There is a right and wrong way of applying cleanser. It’s not just a matter of slapping some water on your face and adding a dollop of wash. You need to apply it using circular, very light and smooth movements. If you do this horizontally or vertically, it can take longer to absorb. It’s important to be GENTLE.
If you are using a cleansing lotion, make sure to apply it on completely dry skin and massage it in for a few seconds. This gives the oil in the cleanser a chance to breakdown the oils in your make up and on your skin. Then wet your fingertips slightly to help emulsify the product.
If you are using gels or foams, it should go onto a slightly wet skin so that they don’t dry out your complexion and if you are using a wash made to combat breakouts, let it sits on the skin for one minute before rinsing. This gives the active ingredients time to do their job and kill any acne-causing bacteria
#5 You wash too often
People with dry skin might only need to cleanse once a day, and even those with more oily skin should wash twice a day at max. Any more than that could dry your skin, making it produce more oil to compensate. If you do wash just once, make it at night rather than in the morning in order to wash off the day’s pollutants and make up residue that accumulate during the day.
#6 You’re over exfoliating
You rarely need to exfoliate your face every day, as it can cause your skin to dry out. Exfoliating is the process of sloughing away dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Ideally, you should exfoliate once a week or twice a month. This way you’ll avoid losing your skin’s natural softness and you’ll be using the exfoliator correctly.
#7 Rubbing when drying
Once you’re done cleansing, resist the urge to rub your face dry. This can cause inflammation, which may lead to unsightly irritation and redness. Instead, gently pat dry, pressing the washcloth or towel against your skin until most of the moisture is absorbed.
#8 Drying using your usual bath towel
Using a clean, soft washcloth is effective for cleaning your face. Avoid using the same towel that you use to dry your body after shower. Do opt for a baby washcloth, which will be softer and less likely to irritate. Ideally, you should change the towel you use to dry your face every couple of days to keep bacteria at bay. Damp washcloth is a breeding ground for bacteria.
Tell us more if you have any other tips that might be beneficial when cleansing your face for a better radiant and glowing skin complexion. We’d loveeee to hear from you!
Until then, happy trying!