8 cleansing mistakes you should stop making

Cleansing is a very important step in your skincare routine. If you wash your face thoroughly, then any products you apply afterwards will work more efficiently. Probably you think you know how to wash your face, but what if you’re doing the most common cleansing mistakes that a lot of other people do every day? Rethinking your cleansing routine could save you time and get you plumper, more glowing skin fast. Here are these mistakes and how to fix them.

1. Not cleansing twice per day

Can you honestly say that you cleanse your skin in the morning and not only before going to bed? A morning cleanse is very important process, too. Cleansing at night removes the oil, dirt and debris from your skin incurred during the day. But the goal of cleansing in the morning is to awaken your skin by increasing circulation, clearing away dead skin cells, and preparing the surface of your skin to effectively absorb your targeted daytime products. Some people forget to cleanse at night, too. But it’s super important to do that routine, removing all the makeup, impurities and oils that have built up during the day. Here’s an easy cleansing technique: rub your hands together to activate the cleanser, then massage onto the face using circular motions. This boosts the skins circulation as well as working the product into the skin, giving a good cleanse.

2. Not washing your hands

It’s very important to wash your hands before washing your face. To cleanse effectively, clean your hands first, because you don’t want to rub the dirt and bacteria from them into your face.

3. Too much exfoliating

There’s no need to go overboard with exfoliating. Don’t scrub at your skin twice per day. Don’t worry, the cleanser will do all the job. Really excessive washing can irritate skin and worsen breakouts if you have a problem skin. For very gentle exfoliating action use a muslin cloth to gently remove your cleanser. Make sure to stock up your supply so you can wash them after each use. After cleansing, pat your skin dry gently, don’t rub.

4. Using too hot or too cold water

The water temperature is essential. You probably think you need to use hot water to open your pores during your cleanse, and cold water after to close the pores but this just isn’t true. Opt for warm water. Too hot water can lead to dryness, irritation and skin redness.


5. Double cleansing

Double cleansing has become a very popular trend right now. But not all the experts support this. Many of them say that one cleanse done properly is enough. The problem with multiple cleansing steps is that this disturbs skin barrier function, which is not good. ‘Squeaky clean’ skin means you’ve gone too far. Skin should have no residual tightness after cleansing if you’re using the right product. And if you need to double-cleanse you need to re-examine your makeup practices, because make-up should be a tool of enhancement, not a cover to hide imperfections. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. If you wear a heavier makeup for a night out or special occasion, or you’ve had and intense training session or heavy sweating, an additional cleanse or use of facial wipes may be beneficial. But apply moisturizer afterwards so as not to dry out the skin.

6. Using a cream or balm

Experts recommend using a gel or foam cleanser instead of a cream or balm, as these can leave behind residue, causing congestion, irritation and upset of your skin’s natural moisturizing processes. They also reduce your skin’s ability to absorb the products you apply post cleansing.

7. Thinking cleansing devices won’t do you any good

A cleansing device like a FOREO or Clarisonic can make a wonderful addition to your face washing routine. If you live in a big city, exercise outdoors or cycle to work, these devices can be a useful adjunct to your night cleansing. But frequency of use depends on your skin-type: more frequent use is good for oily/combination skin, but for thin, dry skin the less is better. If you have inflammatory skin issues like acne or rosacea, use your fingertips instead, they are the best tool for cleansing in these cases. Don’t use your gadget more than three times a week. Too much use can over stimulate and over cleanse the skin causing irritation.

8. Avoiding acids

Don’t be afraid of acids. Use a daily cleanser that is balanced with good active ingredients like salicylic, lactic or glycolic acid – they will clean and unblock the skin without stripping it. If you’re new to using products with active ingredients, start with a gentle cleanser for a few weeks before introducing an active Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Beta Hydroxy Acid exfoliating cleanser in the morning.

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