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One of the most important factors in your skincare routine is the traditional cleanse. But for something so integral, we don’t half make a load of mistakes when doing it. From using yucky wipes to simply forgetting to do it morning and evening, when you do it right, your skin thanks you.
Here are some common mistakes courtesy of Self.com…
Mistake #1: Forgetting to wash your face before bed
Washing your face at night is a hard-and-fast rule when it comes to caring for your skin, and it holds true even if you don’t wear makeup. During the day, natural oils and sweat accumulate on the skin. We are exposed to the environment, which means that dirt and pollution build up on our outer skin layer. Not removing all of this dirt and gunk at the end of the day can cause skin irritation, inflammation, and acne breakouts.
Mistake #2: Skipping the A.M. cleanse
You might think cleansing your skin before bed is all you need to wake up fresh-faced, but another rinse in the morning is a good idea. Germs from your pillowcase can move to your face as you sleep. But even if you wash your pillowcases often, an A.M. cleanse is best practice. While you’re tossing and turning at night, bacteria from your saliva and oils from your hair are easily transferred to your face and eyes. Even a quick rinse in the morning is enough to freshen your skin and allows for the best absorption of the other skin-care products you apply.
Mistake #3: Turning up the water temperature too high
Hot water is no friend to your skin, especially an area as sensitive as your face. It might feel good in the shower or when you just came in from a cold winter day, but you’re messing with the way your skin protects itself and possibly causing damage. Extreme temperatures, such as hot, steamy showers or hot water, can cause dilation of blood vessels and breakage of delicate tissue. Further, the hot water naturally strips skin of the necessary oil barrier that helps maintain skin integrity. This means your skin will dry out faster and become more itchy and flaky over time. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash your face.
Mistake #4: Using your face cleanser to remove makeup
You probably know the perils of falling asleep with a full face of makeup (i.e. acne and dullness). Another thing to note: Your cleanser shouldn’t double as your makeup remover. Many makeup brands are smudge-proof or waterproof, so basic cleansers will not remove them thoroughly. For this reason, it’s important to use a gentle makeup removing wipe, micellar water, or oil-based makeup remover before you wash—especially when removing long-wear makeup.
Mistake #5: Using ONLY a makeup wipe to clean your face
Cleaning your face with a cleansing cloth is not good enough, experts warn. The cloths are formulated with many preservatives that allow them to be shelf-stable and sit in your bathroom without growing bacteria and fungus. Although they remove makeup and dirt, they also leave behind a residue. Use them first to remove makeup if needed, then rinse away residue and residual oils and bacteria with a gentle cleanser.
Mistake #6: 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, use 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.
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A detoxifying extract of agrimonia eupatoria, which is exclusive to Babor, moisturizes the skin, even as you shower. Selected herbal essences of sage, witch hazel and azulene refine and balance the skin. Apple water enriches the outer layer of the skin with moisture and loosens the compact network of the dead skin cells on the outer layer of the skin.