Think You Know How to Wash Your Face? Think Again!

Washing your face sounds like a simple enough task, but your approach to this daily routine can actually do more harm than good. For example, you are probably making certain key mistakes that can age your skin, cause patches of redness or promote infection. Here are six serious errors that you need to avoid if you want healthy, glowing skin.

1. Using the wrong cleanser

Your skin will be happiest if you pick a cleanser that suits your specific skin type. For example, oily skin will become more prone to pimples and sheen if you use a cream-based cleanser, and dry skin will become irritated by the harshness of foaming cleansers. Thankfully, there are cleansers for every face, and even people with a combination of dry and oily skin can find a product that works.

2. Only washing once a day

Your skin really needs to be washed twice a day. Once a day simply isn't enough to get rid of all the bacteria and grime that collects on your skin during the day, especially when you spend time outside. As a result, you will be more likely to develop painful pimples or even cysts. Aim to wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

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3. Exfoliating excessively

Exfoliating your face can help you to look younger for longer, as the process removes dead skin cells that would otherwise create a rough and dull look. However, if you use a strong exfoliant every time you wash your face, you will create red, dry patches of skin that will flake and look burned. A gentle exfoliant is suitable for daily use, but most people only need to exfoliate a couple of times a week.

4. Using a washcloth

Washcloths might look clean after you've been using them for a week, but you can't see all of the bacteria that collect on the surface. When you use a dirty washcloth to clean your skin, some of these bacteria move straight back to your face. As a result, people who use washcloths are more likely to suffer from acne. A washcloth should only be used once before it goes in the laundry basket. Beauticians often suggest that hands are sufficient for a thorough face wash.

5. Washing your face before washing your hands

If your hands are unclean when you wash your face, you immediately transfer dirt, bacteria and sweat straight onto your facial skin. Make a point of thoroughly washing your hands with soap and hot water before you wash your face in the morning and evening.

6. Using water that is too hot or too cold

Finally, note that using very hot water will only scald your skin and turn it red. However, cold water won't clean your face effectively. Slightly warm water is the best bet, as it is hot enough to get rid of dirt but cool enough to avoid causing irritation.

February 19, 2015 by Amanda Brown
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