Washing your face is easy right? Once in the morning and once at night with a little soap? You might throw on some moisturizer afterwards. But are you really washing your face correctly? Yes, there are correct and incorrect ways to wash your face, especially depending on your skin type. Here are some mistakes you may be making and how to stop them.
You’re right to wash your face every morning and at night, but you may be rushing through process? Spend few extra minutes working your cleanser into your skin with the tips of your fingers before your rinse it away. Use your fingers to create small circles to loosen dirt and makeup and cover your entire face, including the eye area. Then use lukewarm water to rinse.
After you wash, do you ever exfoliate? Everyone can benefit from scrubbing away dead skin cells. Ideally, you do this 1-2 times a week. If you exfoliate more than recommended you will cause skin irritation. That pretty much defeats the entire purpose of having a skincare regimen. For a deeper exfoliation, use a Clarisonic cleansing system or similar facial scrubbing brush. Clarasonic is available at Ulta for around $125-$200. You can also shop around for cheaper alternatives. They are great for gentle exfoliation, getting smooth, clear skin and cleansing out deep dirt and makeup.
Do you ever use only facial wipes? These are very convenient, especially to bring to the gym to cleanse your skin quickly, but don’t use them all the time. They are meant to be convenient but not the end all, be all for your skin. You need to also wash your face with cleanser daily.
Speaking of cleanser, are you using the correct cleanser for your skin type? Be aware if your skin is oily and acne prone, dry, sensitive or combination skin. Then choose a cleanser based on your skin type to ensure it works effectively. If you have acne, look for a cleanser with salicylic acid. If you have sensitive or dry skin, look for a sensitive formula or one with moisturizing capabilities.
Lastly, moisturize after you cleanse each time. Again, look for a moisturizer that works with your specific skin type. You also may need to switch your moisturizer when the seasons change.
Do you think you cleanse your skin effectively? Will you change anything about your skincare routine after reading this article? Please share with us!