You're washing your face wrong! Upgrade your routine with the right techniques

You're washing your face wrong! Upgrade your routine with the right techniques

Here we tell you the most common mistake we have all made when washing our faces, so you can wash your face properly and get beautiful skin. Read on to find out more.

Don't worry, you are not the only one who has made this mistake, in fact, it is the most common mistake we all make when we wash our faces. Here are some tips and tricks to wash your face the right way!

You're washing your face wrong! 

What's the right way to wash your face?

1. Lukewarm water

Wash your face with lukewarm, not hot. This will revitalize your face in a matter of seconds and remove impurities without drying out your skin. Washing your face in the shower may not be the best option as the water tends to be way hotter than recommended for the skin and you may not be spending as much time cleansing as you should. Cleanse thoroughly BEFORE you hit the shower!

Make sure you cleanse your face the right way

2. Change the frequency of washing

You should cleanse your face morning and night if you have oily skin, and doing it only at night is enough for normal to dry skin. This way, you will not affect the pH of your skin. If you just love cleansing in the morning, use gentle and natural products or simply splash with water. 

Apply your cleanser of choice.

3. Get a face towel

The towel that you use to dry your face cannot be the same that you use to dry your hands or your body. Bacteria or products you use for the rest of the body may remain on the towel and this will cause irritation on your face or even breakouts. That's why those cute tiny face towels exist in the first place. Make sure you wash yours every couple of days and always dry it well to keep bacteria at bay. Alternatively, use a muslin cloth. They are also great for gentle exfoliation. 

Choosing the right cleanser is key

4. Remove makeup before cleansing your face

If you use makeup, the first thing you should do is remove eye and lip makeup with an oil-based cleanser and then face makeup with cleansing milk or oil if you use foundation and concealer. Only then should you proceed with washing. Do so by massaging your makeup remover gently for about a minute, then rinse. This step is important to remove any sunscreen and foundation and gently stimulate lymphatic drainage. 

Never tug and pull, especially around the eye area. Just soak a couple of cotton balls in makeup remover and apply gently on the eyes. Wait for a few seconds, then wipe away. 

Learn how to properly wash your face with a soap designed for your skin type.

5. Prep your face for serums and creams 

After cleansing your face, it's good to use a mist or a toner to balance out the PH, especially if you live somewhere where water is hard. One of the most effective natural toners is rosewater. Just moisten a cotton ball with rose water and apply it to the face with small touches. Then use your serum or night cream of choice.

Use cotton rounds to remove eye makeup

6. Switch up the products every once in a while

You don't need to invest in an expensive cleanser as it's not a product that stays on your skin for a long time. Try to go for a gentle one with natural ingredients and that doesn't contain harsh chemicals that will strip your skin, causing dry patches. Once or twice a week use a cleansing balm for deeper cleansing treatment.

Chemical exfoliants are better than physical ones

Many come with the aforementioned muslin cloth that you can use with hot water to open the pores and get rid of any debris. You can also use a gentle exfoliant containing AHA or BHA. Chemical exfoliants are better for your skin than physical ones, as they won't scratch the surface of your skin, damaging the pores and capillaries in the process. And don't forget a konjac sponge! You don't even need any product to use it with.

Now you know what you can do to improve your skin. It only takes a few minutes a day and it's the least amount of time you should spend pampering yourself!

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Tina Reese

Tina is an award-winning columnist and beauty editor. Passionate about all aspects of makeup and skincare, she spends her days trying out new launches and researching the ever-changing world of beauty trends. Follow Tina’s articles and you’ll always stay updated on who’s who and what’s what of the beauty industry.+ info

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