Be realistic, do you wash your face every single night before bed? Or do you remove your makeup every single night? If the answer is no, you should know that the majority of people don’t do this either. If the answer is yes, are you sure that you’re doing it correctly? During our research, we have found that the majority of people who wash, don’t know what the correct routine is. As well as, there are classic mistakes that can be avoided.
Whilst washing your face sounds pretty easy, it really isn’t. It requires more than just splashing your face with water, and rubbing a little bit of cleanser, then rinsing. To get more out of the routine, you have to do much more. Inevitably, you will spend more time but it’s all worth it in the end. Seriously, leaving your makeup on your face overnight will age your skin like no other. Don’t you want to stay youthful as long as you can?
Below are the common mistakes you probably make, and their solutions.
Mistake #1: Skipping the morning cleanse
If you remembered to wash your face before going to bed congratulations. However, you also need to wash your face in the morning if you want the cleanse to be complete. This is due to the fact that there are germs on your pillowcase that move as you sleep. In addition to this, whilst you are tossing and turning, bacteria from your saliva and sebum will transfer to your face and eyes. Thus, you need to get rid of it in the morning.
The way to fix this is by remembering to wash your face. Simple right? However, remembering is the hardest part. This is why you should:
- Set a reminder with your alarm clock
- Wake up earlier to give yourself the time to wash
- Stick a post-it-note on the mirror in the bathroom
- Use a facial cleansing brush as there can be a lot of bacteria and sebum on your face
Mistake #2: Not using the right temperature
The skin on your face is very sensitive. By turning up the temperature whilst taking a shower or simply washing, you risk damaging it permanently. This is because the extreme temperature is known to cause dilation of blood vessels and breakage of tissue. Thus, by simply choosing the comfortable way out, you can make more bad than good. Furthermore, hot water will strip the skin from the necessary oil. Thus, your skin will dry out faster and become flakier over time.
The greatest thing about it is the fact that no one is expecting you to use freezing cold water to clean your face. It’s just as bad as using hot water. However, you should:
- Use lukewarm water
- Find the perfect temperature and do not change it whilst washing
- If you’re only used to hot water, every day you should turn down the temperature little by little
Mistake #3: Using the wrong cleanser
Even though your friend can’t keep quiet about the amazing cleanser she has used which totally transformed her life, might not be the right one for you. This is why you see companies creating different cleansers for different skin types.
The only solution to this classic mistake is to avoid going with the trend and stick to the products that are beneficial to your skin. If you:
- Sensitive skin – Stick to a hydrating and gentle cleanser. The chemicals aren’t harsh enough to irritate your skin
- Oily skin – We recommend that you use a foaming or salicylic acid-based cleanser to remove the excess oil
- Dry skin – Use a cream cleanser which will protect the top layer from losing moisture
Even though cleansing wipes are wonderful things and they are very convenient, sadly they are not enough. You should never consider them a substitute for washing your face. This is due to the fact that they smear dirt, oil, and makeup all over your face rather than actually removing them. Always follow with a thorough wash. In addition to this, you have to remember not to over-exfoliate. As a rule of thumb, you should remember that it takes two weeks for cells to make their way from the base of the skin to the surface. Then, another two to make your skin look dull.