Take a look at your skin, a really close look. Are your pores thoroughly cleaned out? Have you truly removed every speck of makeup? Probably not - because most people don’t wash their face correctly. Here are seven pitfalls to avoid when you wash with your favorite cleanser:
1.YOU HAVE DIRTY HANDS.
You’re cleaning your face but your hands are covered in bacteria? No-no number one is germ-laden hands - make sure you wash them thoroughly with soap before touching your face.
2. YOU'RE SCRUBBING TOO HARD.
We know you want your face clean but scrubbing vigorously is the wrong way to do it. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, scrubbing irritates the skin. To clean your face gently and naturally, just massage cleanser into your face with fingertips in a circular motion.
3. YOU DON'T RINSE WELL ENOUGH.
After you’ve thoroughly applied the cleanser, you want to make sure that you rinse fully and remove all traces from your skin. After all, without a good rinse, residue of cleanser and impurities will build up on the skin surface. Don’t neglect your neck, hairline, jawline and nose - these are the areas most often overlooked.
4. YOU USE THE WRONG WATER TEMPERATURE.
Turn down the heat on your rinse. Although hot water feels good, heat dries out the skin and affects your skin's natural, protective oils (Women’s Health). Stick to lukewarm water to cleanse your face effectively.
5. YOU RUB YOUR FACE DRY WITH A TOWEL.
Just as scrubbing irritates the face, rubbing with a towel is also harsh on the skin. Treat your complexion gently and use your towel to dab skin dry rather than using tugging or pulling motions.
6. YOU DON'T USE A TONIQUE OR TONER.
Why do you need to use a toner? A thorough swipe with a cotton-soaked toner is a great way to remove the last traces of grime and makeup from your face. Plus the toner returns your skin to its natural pH balance so it’s thoroughly prepared for the next steps in your skin care routine (Allure).
7. YOU DON'T MOISTURIZE RIGHT AWAY.
Your washing routine should always end with a hydrating dose from your moisturizer. Don’t wait - apply your moisturizer right away for easy blending with damp skin and also to seal the moisture in.
Want the ultimate clean face? You may also want to try double-cleansing - a trending two-step technique to cleaning your face twice for maximum benefits.