Are You Washing Your Face Right?
Washing your face seems routine, and pretty simple right? Turns out, some common face-washing habits can actually cause skin issues like dryness, irritation, oiliness, and even breakouts. No thanks, right?
On the flip side, this is an easy fix. With the right products, routine, and aftercare washing your face right will become routine. Washing your face the right way is the secret to the best skin of your life. We’re here to help you up the ante on your face-washing routine. Here are the top mistakes people make in washing their face.
Using the Wrong Product
It’s important to know your skin type because that’s how you choose a facial wash. The right cleanser shouldn’t strip your face of natural oils or healthy skin cells. You can tell if your face wash is too harsh because your skin will be red and irritated, or tight after you pat it dry. A cleanser that’s too gentle will mean you try and scrub your skin a little harder to cleanse it thoroughly. Using the right product will keep skin issues at bay. If you can’t decide what the best overall wash is for your face, you can actually double up. Got a greasy t-zone but dry cheeks? Don’t be afraid to apply both to their respective areas.
Washing your face in the morning, and at night should be enough. If you wash more than that, you’ll start stripping your skin of its natural oil, you’re going to encourage your skin to work harder to create it meaning you’ll wind up with oily skin. No one wants that! If you didn’t wear makeup or sunscreen, and you didn’t sweat too much try simply washing your face with water at night.
Pores don’t have muscles, which means they don’t open and close on their own. Cold water closes pores, and hot water opens them. You should be washing your face with tepid water, or lukewarm water. Hot water has the tendency to mess with your skins natural oils, and no one has ever said they want dry skin or oily skin. Skip the hot water and cleanse your skin with simple warm water.
Too Much Exfoliating
We know, we know. Exfoliating feels amazing. Your skin just feels so fresh after! Instead of exfoliating often, stick to twice or three times a week. Gently using your fingers, massage the product into your skin. Be sure to opt for a gentle exfoliating product because the grainier the product is, the more irritated your skin is likely to be. Sugar scrubs or fruit acids are great picks.
You know how if you forget to wash all your shampoo or conditioner out, your scalp revolts? Your skin will too. Residue will build up in your pores, clogging them or drying your skin out. Be sure to show love to all spots on your face, not just your t-zone. Make sure to get your hairline, jaw, and your nose!
Rubbing to Dry the Skin
Rubbing your skin to dry it will only tug on it, and we don’t want that. Tugging on your skin is a surefire way to give yourself fine lines or early wrinkles. Grab the softest towel you can, and pat your face dry.
Not Moisturizing Quick Enough
Just like you apply lotion right after your shower to lock in moisture, you should apply a moisturizer to your face after you pat it dry. That way, the good stuff will sink into your skin and do it’s job better. The same rule applies to skin treatments and serums.
Forgetting to Remove Makeup
We all know this is a huge no-no. Stock up on makeup wipes if you’re typically bad about remembering to remove your makeup at night. If you don’t remove your makeup before cleansing, you’re likely to end up with residue on your face. Long wearing makeup products are particularly hard to remove with simple cleansing alone. Wipes are a surefire way to make sure you take your makeup off; keep them on your counter top so you have no excuse to forget this step.
Neglecting to Power Wash
Sometimes, your skin just needs a good power washing. “Power tools” like a Clarisonic or another face washing tool are wonderful weapons in the battle against bad skin. Besides, these tools help tighten pores and increase cell turnover. You’ll be giving yourself glowing, acne-free, blackhead-free skin.
Have you been washing your face right?