8 COMMON MISTAKES WHILE WASHING YOUR FACE
Nikki Auckland - Aromatherapist and natural beauty expert shares some common mistakes that we can easily avoid.
8 FACE WASHING MISTAKES FROM NIKKI
1. Using the wrong cleanser for your skin
“Be sure that you are using the correct cleanser for your skin type and please try to avoid bar soaps at all costs — they can really dry out your skin.” Makeup removing wipes, or a foaming face wash can actually make your skin excessively oily or dry.
2. Not washing your hands first
Seems simple right? So many people don't wash their hands before cleansing. Your hands have bacteria, grease and grim on them, you don’t want to transfer that to your face when trying to wash it, so make sure to always wash your hands.
3. Using either cold or hot water
Using water that is to cold or hot can easily irritate and shock the skin on the face and over time could possibly lead to visible red spider veins on the face. (Yikes!!)
4. Putting your face wash on dry skin
Make sure to moisten the face before applying the cleanser, it will allow for a more gentle application. You don't want to cause excessive friction and you need the water to help loosen dirt and grime.
5. Not rinsing and repeating
This is a big one!! It’s crucial to make sure that you have sufficiently rinsed your skin of all cleanser. If the cleanser is not fully removed it can dry out your skin and lead to clogged pores. Don’t miss those forgettable areas such as either side of your nose, neck and hairline - and follow with a Face Mist or Toner to further make sure all traces of makeup have been removed.
6. Over exfoliating the skin
Exfoliating is a great way to remove the excess skin cells from your face, leaving smoother skin. But if you’re too vigorous or exfoliate too often you can actually be damaging the new layer of skin. It can lead to weakening of your face’s natural protection, dry out the new layer of skin or even cause the skin to produce more oil and make it oily. It can be a viscous cycle.
7. Using a scratchy, dirty towel
The towel you use to pat (not rub) your face dry should always be soft and, most importantly, clean.
8. Going to bed with makeup on
There are never any good excuses for leaving your makeup on overnight when sleeping. This can lead to irritation, redness and an accumulation of fungi. It blocks the pores and causes alot of build up on the skin. Simply DON'T EVER GO TO BED WITH MAKEUP ON - EVER!!!