Are you washing your face correctly? It seems a nonsensical question, but so many of us have picked up bad habits along the way that means that we might be causing a little bit of damage each time it comes to cleansing.
So, thanks to the gentle skin experts at GreenBeautyTeam, we have ten great tips on how to look after your complexion when you wash.
Using the wrong cleanser for your skin
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. Something like La Biosthetique Clair de Teint Doux — Smooth Cleansing Lotion gently frees the skin of make-up and impurities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using a scratchy, dirty towel
The towel you use to pat (not rub) your face dry should always be soft and, most importantly, clean.
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.