Did you know washing your face the wrong way can unintentionally be causing your skin harm? Your facial skin is thinner than the rest of your body except for your chest, allowing it be become damaged a lot easier. Knowing this makes it that much more important to correctly wash your face. Below are the eight most common ways you might be washing your face wrong.
Not Having Clean Hands
Number one most important thing is clean hands. The last thing you want to do while washing your face is to add more dirt and germs from your hands. Wash your hands before!
Using the Wrong Water Temperature
Lukewarm, lukewarm, lukewarm! While I do know how good it can feel pressing a hot washcloth against your face, but you are actually stripping away the protective layer leaving unprotected skin exposed opening your skin up to irritation, redness, dryness and acne.
Using the Wrong Cleansers
Harsh cleansers will strip the protective layer of oil causing your skin to produce excess sebum leading to dry, irritated skin and unwanted acne. Use a face cleanser that is designed for your skin type and safe from harmful fragrances, alcohol, parabens, sulfates and mineral oil.
Not Removing Your Makeup Before Washing
Removing your makeup is important to achieving a good clean. Most cleanser are not able to remove concealers or foundations completely, especially around your eyes. Use an oil cleanser designed for your skin type to soften and remove any makeup or spf before washing your skin. Oil cleanser are super gentle and are safe to use on and around your eyes. Once your makeup is completely removed weather you are using an oil cleanser or makeup remover wipes, wash your face when you are done.
Using a Dirty Washcloth
No exceptions, please use a clean washcloth every time you wash your face. When reusing a dirty washcloth you are transferring dirt, germs and yesterdays problems back to your face. Grab a clean cloth every time to leave your face with a full clean.
Not Washing Completely
Once you have removed your makeup and washed your face you may think you skin is all clean, but it may not be. After you have washed your face and rinsed, it is important to use a cloth to rinse your face one more time to be sure you have removed all the dirt, makeup and spf. Apply the washcloth to your face and wipe from forehead to neck with an upward and out motion.
Not Washing Enough or Too Much
How much and often you wash your face is completely dependent on your skin type. Oily and acne prone skin should wash both morning and evening where as dry and sensitive skin should wash in the evening. Over washing causes excessive dryness leading to skin irritation, redness and acne while not washing enough causes oily looking skin, clogged pores, uneven skin tone and more acne. Best guide to follow is, listen to your skin, if washing only once a day do it in the evening and always wash after a workout.
Exfoliating Too Much or Not Enough
Exfoliating is an important step in your weekly skin care routine to remove the layer build up of dry dead skin cells, but too much exfoliating or not enough can cause your skin harm. Exfoliating too much will cause skin irritation, redness, extra dryness, broken blood vessels and acne. Where as not exfoliating enough will cause your pores to become clogged with the build up of dry and dead skin cells resulting in acne.
Your facial skin is exposed to more sun expose, sunscreen, makeup, dirt and environmental factors on a daily bases that getting in and keeping a good skin care routine is important to your overall skin healthy. Healthy happy skin will not only feel and look incredible, but you are taking care of your self. If you are unsure about what skin type you have, be sure to check out our post breaking down each skin type as well as tips on caring for each. Read it here.