Yes, you read the title right. It is true that most ladies do not know the best way to wash their faces and end up having rough and patchy skin just because they are doing something wrong.
This should still not be happening and if you are curious, why not keep on reading to find out just what you have been doing wrong.
Here are some things you have been doing wrong:
1. Using the wrong cleanser
The right cleanser should completely remove dirt, makeup, and grime, but not take away too much of your skin’s natural oils or healthy cells. Find one that does the job and is neither too gentle – you have to wash twice or scrub hard to cleanse thoroughly, nor too harsh – it makes your skin red and irritated or tight after drying.
2. Not cleansing in the morning
You may be diligent about washing your face before you hit your bed, but what about in the morning.? Even if your skin doesn’t feel dirty, don’t forgo a morning stop at the sink. “You’re getting rid of the natural oils that have built up overnight, as well as any residue from products you applied before bed,”
3. Using hot water
A myth says that hot water opens pores and cold water closes them, this is not absolutely true. The reality is that pores don’t have muscles to open and close. While hot water may feel good on your skin, it can mess with your skin’s natural, protective oils and lead to over-drying or over-production of sebum. Lukewarm water is the best bet to cleanse gently yet effectively.
4. Too much exfoliation
Exfoliation is a healthy practice to slough off dead skin cells, but moderation should be employed. Reduce the use of harsh exfoliants and use more sugar scrubs and fruit acids as they are more gentle. Also, stick to exfoliating once every week.
5. Not rinsing your face well
Not rinsing leads to residue build-up, which can clog pores and dry out the skin. Rinse thoroughly, even when you’re rushing in the morning or very tired at night. The jawline, hairline, and nose are the most commonly neglected spots, so show them some attention!
6. Using a towel to scrub your face
Pat your face after rinsing, please don’t rub. Rubbing can feel really good, but it tugs and pulls your skin, which puts your elastin at risk. And don’t just use the nearest towel, dirty or not. Do not let friends spread bacteria —especially all over a nice, clean face. Designate a clean, soft towel to blot your fresh face.
7. Not moisturizing immediately
To maximize absorption and help seal in moisture, apply moisturizers immediately after cleansing while skin is still a bit wet. This also applies to serums and special treatment products. Waiting until your skin is completely dry will make it harder for the active ingredients to sink into your skin and can also cause the skin to feel greasy or uncared for.