[thrive_drop_caps color=’red’ style=’1′]C[/thrive_drop_caps]ould anything be simpler than washing your face? After all, you need a good product and some water to get rid of pore buildup, sebum, and bacteria.
A few very basic and traditional face washing habits, however, prove to be a major mistake. Are you guilty of any of the following sins?
① Picking the Wrong Product
Many ladies commit the mistake of buying a wash or a gel that is unsuitable for their skin type. Skin is covered by natural oils. Good cleaning products should remove daily buildup without causing excessive dryness. Many cosmetics that contain alcohol will remove the highly important protective layer.
Alternatively, a very “gentle” product will be incapable of offering in-depth cleansing. Know what your skin type is and always read the labels of cosmetics before buying.
② Excessive Face Washing
How much is too much when it comes to personal hygiene? Women that have sensitive skin need to be very careful both with the intensity of the procedure and the frequency of washing.
Most ladies wash their face once or twice per day. This frequency is accepted as normal. If you have overly sensitive or dry skin, however, you should stick to less frequent washing.
Too much cleaning will force the skin to work extra-hard and produce more sebum. Oily skin is a common result of such overly-enthusiastic hygienic practices.
③ Using the Wrong Water Temp
What temperature is the perfect one for washing your face? Do you believe that cold water is great because it tightens the pores? This belief is wrong because the temperature of the water has very little influence on the size of pores.
Hot water, however, can be bad for your skin. Excessive heat will stimulate the oil glands to secrete additional sebum. If you already have oily skin, you will find it even harder to deal with the issue. Get in the habit of washing your face with lukewarm water.
④ Exfoliating Too Much
Exfoliation is the process that removes dead skin cells and reveals a new and “fresh” layer. When it comes to exfoliation, being overly enthusiastic can be classified as a big mistake. Get in the habit of exfoliating your face no more than two or three times per week.
⑤ Not Rinsing Well Enough
Make sure that you get all of the cleaning product off your face. Having residue building up on your facial skin can clog the pores and result in serious problems like acne and irritation.
⑥ Using Irritating Ingredients
As already mentioned, reading the labels of cosmetic products is vitally important. Many cosmetics contain synthetic and irritating substances.
Avoid anything that contains fragrances, colorants, and preservatives like parabens. Such products may smell delicious, but they will increase the risk of suffering from allergic reactions.
⑦ Towel Rubbing
Pat, don’t rub. Instead of rubbing your skin vigorously, get in the habit of gently patting it dry. Pulling on the skin can cause premature aging and the appearance of fine lines. This is something you would want to avoid for as long as possible, right? Designate a clean, soft towel to blot your fresh face.
⑧ Failing to Apply Moisturizer Immediately
Letting your skin dry completely before applying a moisturizing cream is a mistake. You will be missing on an opportunity to lock some of the moisture inside by using the right cosmetic product immediately after you wash your face.
Dry skin is harder for active ingredients to penetrate, which is another problem connected to letting your face dry before using cream, serum or any other special treatment.
⑨ Spending Too Much on Face Washing Products
The more expensive a face wash is, the longer the list of ingredients will be. Often, this list will contain a range of chemicals that add nothing to skin beauty.
Sticking to simpler solutions is a much better option if you want to enjoy healthy and youthful skin. Pick products that contain natural extracts. These are usually quite inexpensive, and they provide gentle removal of sebum and everyday buildup.
⑩ Fearing Oils
Do you use natural oils to nourish your skin and make it healthy? If you are avoiding oils, you are committing a serious mistake. Oils were avoided in the past because they were considered to be pore-clogging agents.
It may be difficult to believe, but oil can be used to “dissolve” oil and overcome problems like oily skin. Choosing natural and organic oils can help you do in-depth pore cleansing.
Almond, apricot kernel and olive oil are all great options for cleaning skin and reducing excessive oiliness. (Coconut oil and olive oil may work for some, but have been known to cause problems for others.)
Just massage the oil on your face and wipe with a soft washcloth dunked in warm water. Just be sure to wipe away the oil thoroughly to prevent residual buildup and keep pores clear.