Cleansing is the base for creating a good skincare routine. Doing it correctly can have positive long-term benefits by fighting dryness, blemishes, pigmentation and wrinkles… So make sure you’re doing it right! Here’s how.
Five cleansing mistakes and how to correct them
#1: You over-cleanse
They say that too much of a good thing can be harmful. And, well, the same applies to cleansing your face! The trick is to cleanse twice a day: Once in the morning and once before bed. Cleansing and exfoliating your skin too much can lead to a loss of your skin’s natural oils, which in turn can cause dryness and breakouts.
#2: You don’t give the product time to do its job
Don’t worry, I know what it’s like… You wake up in the morning and quickly rub product on your face, rinse it off and rush out the door. But, any cleanser needs time to work. It’ll do your skin the world of good to spend a bit more time massaging your cleanser into your face for a good, deep clean.
#3: You don’t use the right temperature of water
It may feel great to wash your face with hot water, or use ice cold water to cool down. However, your skin is best-suited to a lukewarm temperature to open your pores whilst maintaining hydration.
#4: You’re using the wrong cleanser
Ensure you’re using the correct cleanser for your skin type. If you have oily skin, opt for a foamy gel wash. If it’s dry and dull, then go for an oil-based cleanser.
#5: You forget to wash your hands beforehand
This simple mistake is made all too often! It’s important to wash your hands before cleansing your face. Your hands pick up heaps of bacteria and by not cleaning them before you clean you face, you’re directly applying all that bacteria to your skin. Yuck!