Washing your face seems pretty simple, right?! Well, what if I told you that your at-home face cleansing routine - or lack of - may be the underlying cause of most of your skin problems?!
Most of us wash our faces every day, at least once, if not twice and don't really think too much about it. All of us have our own preferred method of cleaning and that’s ok - If it works for you, keep at it. But if you’re making any of these mistakes, there’s a chance that you could be doing more harm than good to your skin: breakouts, irritation, dryness, and excess oil included. To get the most out of your skincare routine it takes a little more care and consideration.
1. NOT REMOVING MAKEUP BEFORE YOU CLEANSE
This one is a biggie for me - if you are anything like me and LOVE wearing makeup then this step is a MUST. Not removing makeup, particularly eye makeup, before you cleanse your face, can really dry out and age the eye area. Most eye makeup is made of talc, which is a drying agent, so, make sure you use an eye makeup remover and cotton pads to gently remove all eye makeup before washing your face.
2. USING WATER THAT IS TOO HOT OR TOO COLD
You may think this is all ridiculous but lukewarm water is really the best temperature for cleansing your skin. Too hot water will dilate your capillaries, while too cold water will constrict them so, in order to prevent broken capillaries, redness and spider veins, make sure the temperature is just right.
3. USING THE WRONG CLEANSER FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
That cleanser your best friend keeps raving about that’s totally transformed her skin might not do the same for you.This is why so many skin-care companies create product lines for every skin type and skin concern.
If you have sensitive skin, stick to a hydrating, gentle cleanser.
If you have oily skin or are acne-prone, try using a foaming or salicylic acid-based cleanser to remove excess oil and dirt.
If your skin tends to be more on the dry side, you’ll fare better using a cream cleanser that can help your skin’s top layer retain more moisture.
4. EXFOLIATING TOO MUCH
It’s healthy to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Doing so preps the skin for moisturiser and can help foundation look smoother and more natural. But, if you remove it too often or too vigorously, you can damage your skin. I would recommend using an at-home exfoliator every week or better yet, I would highly recommend booking yourself in for a dermaplane every 4-5 weeks.
5. NOT MOISTURISING AFTER CLEANSING
When you moisturise makes a big difference. In fact, experts recommend applying moisturiser right after washing your face. If you wait even a few minutes, the surface cells dehydrate and are actually harder to moisturise. Moisturisers provide key nurturing ingredients to your skin, leaving you with a clean and hydrated surface. If your daytime moisturiser doesn’t have a SPF, apply a sunscreen on top. YES - Even in the winter!!