The face cleansing step of any skincare routine seems so easy that a child could literally do it, right? Just rub in some cleanser, rinse it off with water and you are good to go. But is it really as simple and straightforward as that?
As you might have guessed, the answer is no. Cleansing your face sets the foundation for the application of the rest of your skincare products, and when done incorrectly, it can end up causing more skin issues to crop up instead of preventing them. You might end up experiencing breakouts or acne, clogged pores, dry and flaking skin, or redness and itchiness. What, then, does proper cleansing entail?
Cleansing Mistakes to Avoid
Cleansing your face does not only depend on how and when you do it, but also on the products you use in your routine. You should not be using any old cleanser you can get your hands on because not all cleansers are formulated the same way. For instance, a cream cleanser might work great for someone with a dry skin type due to the cleanser’s hydrating properties. However, if an oily skin sufferer uses the same cream cleanser, the high hydration level of the cleanser can clog her pores instead, resulting in an eruption of pimples on the skin.
Using the wrong cleanser is just one common mistake people make in their skincare routines. Take a look at the following cleansing pitfalls to see if you are committing any of them, and begin renewing your journey towards treating your skin the way it deserves.
Cleansing Your Face with Makeup Wipes
We have all most likely committed this mistake too many times then we care to admit. The convenience of makeup wipes makes them an easy go-to on days when we are just too lazy to carry out our entire cleansing ritual. While it is perfectly fine to use makeup wipes occasionally, they should not be a part of your daily skincare routine. Even though makeup wipes are effective at removing makeup, they are also formulated with preservatives to prevent the wipes from getting contaminated, thus prolonging their shelf-life. Therefore, although the wipes might have removed your makeup, they will actually leave behind a layer of residue from these preservatives which you definitely do not want to leave on your face. So the next time you do your skincare routine, skip the makeup wipes and grab a proper makeup remover such as micellar water or cleansing oils and balms. Then, give your skin a second cleanse with a water-based cleanser.
Using a Cleanser Your Skin Hates
Do you have dry skin and always experience tightness after cleansing your face with a foaming cleanser? Or does your oily skin go into overdrive everytime you wash your face with a cream cleanser? There is a reason why cleansers come in different formulations: what works for one skin type is not always the best option for another. It might not seem like much but using the wrong cleanser for your skin type can spell disaster for the well-being of your skin. Insisting on using heavy cleansers such as oil or cream-based ones when you have oily skin can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Meanwhile, dry skin that is constantly being washed with a foaming cleanser can experience flaking and peeling skin. Plus, if the foaming cleanser strips your skin of too much of its natural oils, it can end up causing the oil production of your skin to go into overdrive, thus leading to breakouts. As a general rule, those with oily skin are recommended to use cleansers such as foaming or water-based ones as these are lightweight enough that they will prevent clogged pores, while dry skin types would get on well with oil or cream cleansers.
Reusing the Same Muslin Cloth Repeatedly
If you are not using a fresh piece of muslin cloth everytime you cleanse your face, you are doing a huge disservice to your skin. It might seem harmless to reuse your muslin cloth over a few days — and frankly, it is a hassle to have to wash your muslin cloth every single day — but just think about all of the dirt and bacteria your muslin cloth collects every time you cleanse your face with it. And when you reuse the same cloth the next day? You are just spreading all that grime back onto your skin and undoing all the hard cleansing work you have done. To combat this, ensure you have a bundle of muslin cloths handy that can last you throughout the week. This way, you do not have to worry about having to wash your cloth after each cleansing routine, and you will always have a fresh piece of muslin cloth to give your skin a proper cleanse.
Turning Up the Temperature
Apart from the products you use to cleanse your face, the temperature of the water you use to rinse the cleanser off plays a vital role too. Many people make the mistake of rinsing their face in water that is way too hot, and the high temperature can strip the skin of its natural oil barrier. Doing this consistently can result in extreme dryness of your skin and even itchiness, especially if your skin is sensitive. Therefore, before rinsing your face, ensure the temperature of the water is lukewarm to prevent your skin from drying out.