Wondering why you are not quite nailing an ethereal radiance?
Your cleansing habits may be sabotaging your glow. This seemingly innocuous step may appear to be an unlikely culprit but every little mistake can add up to cause your skin harm. Facial cleansing mistakes have the potential to trigger oiliness, dryness and even breakouts. Avoid these 8 mistakes so you can unlock enviable luminance.
Not Washing Your Hands
Your hands can transfer harmful bacteria, dirt, grime and germs onto your skin which can lead to adverse reactions and painful breakouts. Wash your hands with soap and water before touching your face or cleansing towel.
Using The Wrong Cleanser
Yes, there is such a thing as using the wrong cleanser. A good skincare routine should revolve around your skin type. If you have dry skin, find a cleanser that is formulated with hydrating ingredients, such as Glycerin or Hyaluronic Acid, and avoid harsh and stripping foaming cleansers. Women with oily or combination skin can look for cleansers with oil-control and exfoliating properties, like Tea Tree Oil or Salicylic Acid. If you have sensitive skin, avoid cleansers packed with harsh chemicals, alcohols, artificial fragrances and paraben.
Read How To Choose A Cleanser For Your Skin Type to find out more.
Rinsing With Hot Water
Lukewarm water is the optimal temperature for cleansing your skin. Extreme temperatures can stress your skin and weaken your skin barrier, leaving your complexion more susceptible to external elements. Hot water strips your skin of moisture which can send your oil glands into overdrive to combat the sudden dryness, leading to unprecedented greasiness.
Washing Your Face Too Often
Cleanse your skin twice daily, in the morning and evening, and at most once more after a strenuous workout. Washing your face too often does not make it more clean, in fact, it dries out your skin which can result in flakiness and dullness.
Rushing Through It
Rinsing off your cleanser too quickly does not give its skincare ingredients sufficient time to work. Massage cleanser onto your skin for 1-2 minutes to thoroughly break down and remove dead skin cells or makeup residue before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Your facial skin is delicate and should be treated with gentle care. Harsh scrubbing of your skin while cleansing can weaken your skin barrier which contains lipids, proteins and fatty acids required for healthy skin function. Then, pat dry with a soft clean towel instead of dragging it across your skin.
Apply moisturizer within 60 seconds of cleansing your skin. Your slightly damp skin will help boost absorption of subsequent skincare products and allow them to penetrate deeper.
Using Makeup Wipes
Even though makeup wipes offer convenience, this unsustainable type of cleansing product smears makeup and oil across your face instead of effectively lifting them off. Wiping can also push makeup traces deeper into your pores. Instead, use an oil-based cleanser or gentle micellar water to break down stubborn makeup.
Ditch these 8 glow-sabotaging cleanser mistakes so that your skin can benefit from what your cleanser has to offer. We recommend our Organic Age Defying Peptide Cleanser as a good starting point, as this nourishing cleanser is suitable for all skin types, breaks down makeup and removes impurities thoroughly.