We are recommended to wash our face at least twice a day in order to remove all the dirt and tiny particles that are accumulated from our activities. Even though it seems like the simplest act or routine, it is considered to be the biggest step in preserving our skin’s health and look. What you didn’t know is that most of us do it wrong.
By washing our face in a wrong way we are just making it worse. The results can be many skin problems such as irritation, dryness, oiliness, acne, breakouts, wrinkles and many more.
To repair that, we need to implement proper techniques. By doing so, you will reverse the damage done and take off your skin.
Here are the top 10 common mistakes to avoid when washing your face.
- Over Washing
Washing our face prevents yeast buildup, which if not treated can result in many skin conditions. But what we tend to do is over washing it by doing it several times a day. Over washing can also contribute to some bad conditions like irritation, oiliness and skin aging. Therefore washing your face twice a day is considered the best protocol. It is recommended to do it in the morning after all the dirt and bacteria have accumulated while you were sleeping and before going to sleep.
What we recommend is throughout the day, is to use wipes instead of washing, but not too often.
- Rinsing with Hot Water
Washing you face with hot water during the winter can be very relaxing, but it can dry out your skin. However, even washing your face with cold water can be as bad as it irritates the skin and breaks the capillaries.
The best option for you is to use either lukewarm or room temperature water. This will help keep your skin healthy. Do not wash your face with water that is not suitable for drinking.
- Not Removing Makeup First
Even do using cleanser to wash your face can help with removing makeup and dirt, it is recommended to remove the makeup before washing the face allowing the cleanser to get deeper into your skin.
You can many solutions to remove your makeup. After you are done with the most of the makeup, you can soak a cotton ball in coconut or olive oil or milk to remove the makeup residue, especially around your eyes. And most importantly you should never go to sleep with your makeup on.
- Using Wrong Cleanser
Picking the right cleanser for your skin can be tricky. Many people have different requirements for their skin so you should really pay attention to what cleanser you are using. Picking the wrong one and you will more likely damage your skin.
A good cleanser completely removes dirt, makeup and grime, but does not strip away too much of the skin’s natural oils. Additionally, after using the cleanser, your skin should feel moist and healthy. If that’s not the case, you should continue in your search for a better one.
It is recommended not to use a cleanser that contains soap, as it can strip your skin of its natural oils and cause skin irritation. For those who have sensitive skin, you should choose or a cleanser with calming ingredients like green tea that soothes sensitive skin.
- Not Rinsing Completely
What most people tend to skip or rush is rinsing cleansers off. If the cleanser is not rinsed off thoroughly, it can be harmful to your skin. Cleanser residue can clog the pores and cause dryness. Furthermore, cleanser residue tends to attract more dirt.
Rinse thoroughly, especially along the hairline, neck and sides of the nose, until all the cleanser is gone from the skin.
Instead of rushing you should massage the cleanser slowly into your skin and rinse thoroughly when done.
- Not Exfoliating Properly
Exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin cells, enhances skin texture, stimulates skin cell renewal, improves skin tone and makes the skin look healthier. However, very few people do it properly.
Again overdoing it or not doing it is a bad way. It is recommended to do it once or twice a week with a gentle scrub.
There is a solution that can be made by mixing sugar, honey and few drops of olive oil. Gently scrub your face with the solution using your fingers. After 5 minutes rinse it off with lukewarm water. This can be done on weekly basis.
- Washing with Dirty Hands
Many people start washing their face without washing their hands first. Well, when you wash your face with dirty hands, dirt from your hands is transferred to your face. This will double up your work, as you have to clean dirt from your hands and face at the same time.
Make sure your hands are clean before washing your face. Wash them with a good quality liquid soap, and then wash your face.
- Rubbing with Towel
Many people tend to rub their face too aggressive with a towel after washing. The friction and abrasion can cause serious damage to your skin such as irritation, dryness, removal of natural oils etc. Furthermore, the constant tugging and pulling of the skin can lead to sagging.
Instead of rubbing the hand towel you should take your time and pat dry your skin.
Keep a separate towel solely designated for your face.
- Using Dirty Washcloth
Using a clean washcloth should be a priority when washing your face. A dirty washcloth can redeposit dirt and other impurities back on your skin. That alone can cause pimples, acne, blemishes etc.
Have a fresh and clean washcloth always available. Do not keep the washcloth in the open in your bathroom. Store it in a clean, dry place. Furthermore, do not share your washcloth with others.
- Not Moisturizing Immediately
Cleansing removes moisture from the skin, making it highly important to apply a moisturizer on your face each time you wash it. A good moisturizer will help create a protective barrier that prevents water from evaporating and drying out your skin.
Make the most of your face washing routine by applying a mild moisturizer immediately after washing your face. This will maximize absorption and help seal in moisture.
When applying moisturizer, you need to do it gently in order to avoid further damage. Use light, even pressure, and move your fingers in upward strokes from your neck to your forehead. Be extra careful when applying moisturizer around your eyes, as that skin is even more fragile.