10 Big Skin Cleansing Mistakes
Not Removing Makeup Before You Cleanse
Not removing makeup, particularly eye makeup, before you cleanse your face, can really dry out and age the eye area. Most eye makeup is made of talc, which is a drying agent. So, make sure you use an eye makeup remover and cotton pads to gently remove all eye makeup before washing your face.
Using The Wrong Kind Of Cleanser For Your Skin Type
It’s so important to use the right kind of cleanser for your skin type or you could exacerbate problems like excess oiliness or dry skin. If you use something for oilier skin than you have, you will strip it, while if you use something that’s not purifying enough, you can leave impurities on your skin.
Using A Cleanser With Irritating Ingredients
There are often so many ingredients in our beauty products, it’s hard to know what they all do and whether we really need them in order to make a difference. Chemical fragrances are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to irritating ingredients. Sensitive skin and rosacea-prone types can react to chemical fragrances. They can cause a range of reactions from redness, burning sensation and sometimes inflamed lesions.
Washing Your Face Too Much or Too Little
How often you wash your face depends on what type of skin you have, but at the very least, everyone should, …wash their face at least once a day at night to remove pollution residues and impurities. Those with sensitive or dehydrated skin types should wash once per day and simply swab the skin with a hydrosol in the morning, instead of cleansing. Healing Immortelle Skin Tonic is especially good for sensitive skin. No alcohol or irritating preservatives!
Not Rinsing Completely
Detergent ingredients in cleansers can irritate skin when left on, so make sure to rinse really well. Rinsing is so important. I rinse multiple times until I feel that soapy residue is gone.
Exfoliating Too Much
It’s healthy to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Doing so preps the skin for moisturiser and can help foundation look smoother and more natural. But, remember mistake number 5? Well, that protective barrier comes into play here as well. If you remove it too often or too vigorously, you can damage your skin.
Not Exfoliating Enough
Just as it’s possible to exfoliate too much, you can also exfoliate too little. If your skin is dehydrated and prone to dead skin cell build up, exfoliating will help keep pores clear and skin smooth. Exfoliated skin can absorb moisturizer much better without a layer of dead skin cells as a barrier.
Scrubbing Too Aggressively
When cleansing your skin, you want to be gentle, yet effective. The outer layer of our skin acts as a protective barrier. We want to gently remove dead skin cells. Anything too aggressive, …can cause hypersensitivity, as well as leave skin vulnerable to pigmentation, dehydration and skin marks. Gentle circular motions, using the pads of your fingers is the way to go.
Using Dirty Cloths Or Sponges
Microbes can easily and quickly cultivate on cleansing cloths and sponges. Hygiene is the name of the game! To avoid infections, chuck out dirty cloths and sponges, especially if you have any open cuts or sores.
Using Water That Is Too Hot Or Too Cold
Lukewarm water is the best temperature for cleansing your skin. Too hot water will dilate your capillaries, while too cold water will constrict them. So, in order to prevent broken capillaries, redness and spider veins, make sure the temperature is just right.