Washing your face seems like a pretty simple thing right? But so many women (and men) are doing it all wrong! Some of you barely bother with a cleansing routine, while others absent-mindedly go through the same old habits. There are even a few of you who whip out every trick (and high powered tool) in the book to wash your each morning and night. Regardless of your routine, do you know if you are actually washing your face the right way or the wrong way?
Board certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart shares some valuable wisdom on how avoiding common face washing mistakes while making a few simple changes can make all the difference in your skin.
8 Face washing mistakes from Dr. Stuart
1. Using the wrong cleanser for your skin
Dr. Stuart cautions, “Be sure that you are using the correct cleanser for your skin type and please try to avoid bar soaps at all costs — they can really dry out your skin.” Makeup removing wipes, or a foaming face wash can actually make your skin excessively oily or dry.
2. Not washing your hands first
Your hands have bacteria, grease and grim on them, you don’t want to transfer that to your face when trying to wash it, so make sure to always wash your hands.
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3. Using either cold or hot water
Using water that is to cold or hot will irritate and shock the skin on your face and over time could possibly lead to visible veins on the face. (Yikes!!)
4. Putting your face wash on dry skin
Make sure to moisten the face before applying the cleanser, it will allow for a more gentle application.
5. Not rinsing and repeating
It’s crucial to make sure that you have sufficiently rinsed your skin of all cleanser. If the cleanser is not fully removed it can dry out your skin and lead to clogged pores. Don’t miss those forgettable areas such as either side of your nose, neck and hairline.
6. Over peeling or exfoliating the skin
Exfoliating is a great way to remove the excess skin cells from your face, leaving smoother skin. But if you’re too vigorous or exfoliate too often you can actually be damaging the new layer of skin. It can lead to weakening of your face’s natural protection and dry out the new layer of skin.
7. Using a scratchy, dirty towel
The towel you use to pat (not rub) your face dry should always be soft and, most importantly, clean.
8. Going to bed with makeup on
There are never any good excuses for leaving your makeup on overnight when sleeping. This can lead to irritation, redness and an accumulation of fungi.
Let us know what washing habits you’ve doing wrong, or if you have “face washing mistakes” you’d like to warn others about in the comments section below.