Unlike the rest of your body, your facial skin is constantly exposed to harmful contaminants and therefore needs extra care. Many, however, do not realize that their regular skin care routine could actually be causing more harm than good. To make sure your skin stays as soft and supple as possible, avoid these common face-washing mistakes.
1. Using the Wrong Cleaner
There are many different types of cleaners to choose from. For example, men’s skin is usually thicker with a fattier layer of collagen in their dermis, which produces more oil. For that reason, men’s soap needs stronger ingredients than those for women. Choosing the right cleanser will also ensure that your skin maintains a balanced level of hydration, so it won’t look and feel rough. This can slow down the aging process, giving you a younger and healthier look.
2. Washing Your Face with Dirty Hands
Many people splash water on their face and then use their hands to moisten the skin before washing. While this may be a good start, if your hands are dirty, you will be transferring all those contaminants to your facial pores. The average person accumulates around 3200 different types of bacteria on their hands every day. To prevent those germs from contaminating your face, wash your face thoroughly with clean hands first.
3. Using the Wrong Water Temperature
Because facial skin is extremely delicate it is best to use lukewarm water. Hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing irritation and blood vessels to burst. On the other hand, cold water is not as effective at extracting the dirt and contaminants that may have settled deep in the pores. Lukewarm water can give you a deep cleanse without shocking the sensitive skin.
4. Scrubbing Too Often
Many believe that regular face scrubs will keep their face feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom, but too much scrubbing can easily dry out the skin, cause unnecessary inflammation, and damage the protective upper layers. The skin’s pores naturally do a pretty good job of exfoliating dead skin cells and pushing out contaminants, so the need to frequently use an abrasive scrub is not necessary. If you have dry skin, only exfoliate once a week and for those with oily or combination skin, no more than three times a week.
5. Using a Towel to Dry Your Face
Towels are natural magnets for all the bacteria that easily accumulate in the bathroom. You may have the best face washing techniques in the world but if you dry your face with a bathroom towel, chances are you’re putting more bacteria on your face than you did before you washed it. It is best to use paper towels, tissues, or air dry your face instead.
6. Failing to Completely Rinse the Skin
How you rinse your face is equally important. Certain areas of the face easily hold residue from cleansers causing buildup. This accumulation is a common reason for clogged pores and skin eruptions that can cause irritation.
7. Using Too Much Pressure on the Skin
Many of us have been taught to use a little elbow grease to clean our skin. But considering how sensitive the skin is, it is best to use a gentle massage rather than a more aggressive rub. This will reduce the risk of irritation and can actually slow down the aging process.
8. Not Using a Good Moisturizer
Whether you use men’s soap or women’s, once your face is clear of dirt and grime, you may think you’re done. However, what you do after washing is just as important. Applying a good moisturizer creates a barrier that holds in moisture. Its emollients fill up the tiny crevices naturally found on the surface of the skin, giving you a smoother appearance.
You may think that face washing is a simple process of water, soap, and rinse but you would only be partially right. To get bright, radiant, and healthy-looking skin, avoid these common mistakes, and your skin will look and feel better in no time.