Washing your face seems pretty simple, right? Splash some water on your face, rub in a little cleanser, and rinse. But to get the most out of your daily cleansing routine, it takes a little more care and consideration.
Mistake #1: Forgetting to wash your face before bed.
During the day, dirt, natural oils and sweat accumulate on the skin. Even if you don’t wear makeup, you still need to be giving your face a wash before bed. Germs that build up during the day can cause infections, irritation and blockages of the pores which leads to breakouts.
Mistake #2: Skipping the A.M. cleanse. You might think cleansing your skin before bed is all you need to wake up fresh-faced, but another rinse in the morning is a good idea. Germs from your pillowcase can move to your face as you sleep. But even if you wash your pillowcases often, an A.M. cleanse is best practice.
Even a quick rinse in the morning is enough to freshen your skin and allows for the best absorption of the other skin-care products you apply.
Mistake #3: Turning up the water temperature too high. Having a nice hot shower after a big day seems harmless, right? Wrong. Plunging your skin (especially your face) into hot steamy water can actually cause damage to sensitive skin tissue. The oils on your face are there to protect your skin from the environment. Hot water essentially strips your skin of all moisture and breaks the natural barrier. So instead, keep your face out of the water and wash your face once you’re ok with having a luke warm shower, alternative to that, just wash your face in the sink.
Mistake #4: Using your face cleanser and wipes to remove makeup
We all know falling asleep with makeup is a no-no, but how do we know we are ACTUALLY removing the makeup? Most makeup is waterproof and smudge proof which means water and cleanser or a wipe alone isn’t going to do the job properly. For this reason it’s important to use an actual makeup remover BEFORE your cleanser, to ensure all makeup is removed.
Mistake #5: Washing too often
Ideally you should be washing your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, with the exception of after workouts and excessive sweating. This is because if we wash our face too much, we strip the skin of its natural oils and it ends up going into overdrive trying to replace what has been taken. Using a moisturiser right after your closing routine is the best thing you can do. Oil is also good and is especially good for oily skin (surprisingly!)