We can never say it enough: if there are two beauty rituals that you should never leave out of your daily routine, they are hydration and washing your face. The problem is that sometimes, we go to wash our faces when we are in a rush, or without realising that there are certain things that can be bad for your skin and that can damage it. We know how delicate the skin on our faces is, and it requires special attention. After all, you’ve only got one face!! In this article, we’re going to look at the 6 things you need to do or avoid to ensure you are washing your face effectively. Here are the mistakes you are likely to have been making….
1) You forget to wash your hands
Washing your face with dirty hands is like doing the dishes with a greasy sponge, or mopping the floors with a filthy mop, full of damp and mould. And just because you are using a face wash doesn’t mean your hands will get clean at the same time. Your hands are full of bacteria (microbes, fecal matter, dirt under the nails, etc.), which are transferred to your face, and which you knead in further with the face wash. Always take a few seconds to wash your hands before you wash your face.
2) You are not using the right products, and you haven’t adapted them with the seasons
Of course it is perfectly normal to have your own favourite products, but never forget that your skin is not the same in summer as it is in winter. Always using the same products puts your skin at risk of drying out in winter, or not being clean enough in summer. ‘Listen’ to your skin to establish its needs. Considering your choice of face wash is also crucial: it needs to clean your face perfectly to remove all the skin impurities, without being too abrasive.
You can recognise a face wash that is too abrasive from the following signs: it stings, leaves your skin red, dries or irritates the skin. Certain skin types feel dry after washing while others are still shiny. Keep an eye on how your skin reacts.
3) You exfoliate daily
Some people use exfoliating face washes every day, or do a scrub every night. Exfoliation is great for the skin when it is done once a week (maybe twice depending on the type of product). But if you exfoliate every day, it is too aggressive on your skin and you run the risk of drying it out. No skin type needs daily exfoliation.
4) You scrub like mad
Once again, the skin on your face is very delicate. When you rub your face roughly with your hands or with a towel afterwards, thinking your face will be cleaner or dryer, in fact you are only damaging your skin. To be truly effective, wash your face using the tips of your fingers, using gentle circular movements, and pat your skin dry afterwards with a soft towel. This method will clean your pores better, faster and more deeply.
5) You use very cold or very hot water
We’re going to get this clear right away: NO, hot water does not open your pores, and NO, cold water doesn’t close them again. Pores are not valves that open and close at will, because there are no muscles in your pores (or otherwise it would be easy to make them disappear). What’s more, hot water can have harmful effects on the natural oils that protect your skin, and dramatic changes in temperature are also aggressive for it. Instead, wash your face with lukewarm water, which as well as being more pleasant, won’t cause any damage.
6) You’re not rinsing properly
Rinsing prevents clogging of the pores, the appearance of blackheads and drying out of the skin. The products you apply when the skin is clean (toner, moisturiser, serum, etc.) can build up even more so than impurities. Therefore, you need to remember to concentrate on the areas around the ears, the chin and the hairline, even if you haven’t fully woken up yet, or are exhausted.