Although washing your face every day is easy, you may be making some mistakes that will ultimately ruin your skincare routine.
Cleaning your face every day, especially thoroughly, is always essential, especially when you want to enjoy skin that is as hygienic, cared for, nourished and hydrated as possible. Even if we haven’t left the house or you haven’t used makeup, it’s about something simply fundamental. And it is that even if you do not go outside, or when you have not used any type of cosmetic product, there is a risk that dirt and oil end up accumulating.
However, even when told to avoid touching our faces, sometimes we can’t help but scratch our nose when it itches, or even rub our eyes, even when we’re already working outside. As a consequence, it is very difficult to avoid transferring dirt and bacteria to the skin, even if we wash our hands religiously (as we should every so often).
As many experts say, daily and regular cleaning of the skin is essential even if we believe that it is not dirty. Why? Very simple: the skin will have oils, dead cells and residues from skin care products that we have used in the past, so if they are not removed properly they could end up clogging the pores, increasing the risk of irritation. In addition, the skin also contains free radicals that lead to oxidative damage to skin cells.
The result? There is also a clearly increased risk of premature aging, in addition to other related problems.
On the other hand, if acne-related breakouts are experienced, sticking to your normal skincare routine is even more important. The skin must be perfectly clean before going to bed, so that it can be repaired during the night.
Of course, the problem is even greater when you have applied some type of make-up product during the day, and then, at night, you do not remove it or you do it improperly. As we have already told you on many occasions, any remaining makeup on the skin, especially if it is left overnight, can clog the pores, increase the risk of acne, and will also act as an irritant as the hours go by.
However, even if you clean your skin thoroughly daily, this does not mean that you are doing it right. Did you know that it is very common to make some mistakes when washing our faces every day? Even if you follow a certain skin care routine, sometimes it just may not be as correct or adequate as you think at first, which makes it necessary to review it, and finally, modify it.
You don’t wash your hands before you start
It is quite likely that you are already aware of the importance of maintaining basic hygiene habits throughout the day, especially when we go to eat, and above all, every time we come home from the street.
As you probably know, washing your hands properly with soap and water is definitely essential. And not only when it comes to preventing viral or bacterial infections. Even if you don’t have any open wounds or visible breakouts on your face, it’s still important to make sure your hands are clean every time you touch your face.
And it is that, otherwise, you could run the risk of introducing bacteria into the skin, increasing the risk of infection. So before you start your skin care routine, especially if you don’t get out of the bath or shower, opt to clean your hands thoroughly first.
Using an incorrect or unsuitable facial cleanser depending on the type of skin we have
When following any skin care routine, the skin cleansing step is essential, essential to enjoy the most perfect and healthy skin possible. But in order to achieve this, it is essential to use a suitable cleaner.
In this sense, although it is true that there are cleansers whose composition can make them ideal for any skin type, different products work better for each skin type.
And it is that using the wrong facial cleanser will cause a certain imbalance in the pH of our skin, which can increase the risk of certain problems and conditions. For example, it can increase irritation, dryness, and ultimately the cleanser will not work as it should.
Therefore, it is vitally important to choose one that is specifically adapted to our skin type. For example, if we have dry or normal skin, it is essential to choose a creamy lotion, oil or milk, with moisturizing qualities, since it will not damage the hydrolipidic barrier naturally present in the skin. Of course, those facial cleansers that generate foam should be avoided, as well as those that generate small bubbles, since they can end up breaking down natural oils.
If we have oily skin, it is advisable to opt for a cleanser that contains a gel-based formula. A good example is found in ingredients such as salicylic acid, which help remove dead skin cells that have been retained by the presence of both oil and dirt, but without damaging the most delicate layers.
Not doing it right
When we practice physical exercise, or any training plan, the most common thing is to follow a correct method, establishing a routine. When it comes to washing our face, following the correct method is also essential, but we must bear in mind that everything will depend on the cleanser that is going to be used, since different types will require different methods, so you should always make sure that you follow the correct method.
If you are using an oil or creamy lotion, it is fine to rub it into your skin for a few minutes, but your skin should be completely dry. This provides the ideal environment for the cleanser as it will be able to better break down oil and dirt on the skin before applying a small amount of water to emulsify the product.
It is essential that the skin is damp before applying the foaming cleanser or gel. Also, to get the ingredients to work properly, it’s a good idea to let the foam sit on your skin, leaving it on for at least a minute or two.
Using water that is too cold or hot
The key is to use lukewarm water. It is not appropriate to use hot water, particularly if we have sensitive, dry skin or if we even suffer from atopic skin (atopic dermatitis or eczema), since the risk of irritation and further dryness increases considerably.
Likewise, even when we have normal or oily skin, hot water causes it to dry out excessively, since it causes the glands to increase their oil production in order to combat the dryness that has appeared suddenly. On the other hand, if you have acne or rosacea, hot water will cause your skin to redden.
The same happens with cold water: although you may think that it is beneficial for the skin, the reality is that it can prevent the pores from opening, so the products that are subsequently applied to the skin will not act as they should, since they do not will be adequately absorbed.
You use normal wipes
You may be tempted to use a normal washcloth on your facial skin, with the intention of washing your complexion. However, many often contain alcohol, fragrances and chemicals that can end up being abrasive to the skin, and can also become a real breeding ground for bacteria.
The truth is that, as we will see in a next section, the reality is that the solution is not to use makeup remover wipes either, especially if you tend to abuse them and use them practically every day.
Even though they are quick and easy to use, you could be doing more harm than good when you want to keep your skin as healthy and healthy as possible, since the risk of acne breakouts, irritation and even certain allergic reactions is much higher when using this type of wipes
And you’re probably wondering: what about baby wipes? The truth is that, as some beauty specialists say, if you have sensitive skin and just want to remove your basic daily makeup, baby wipes can be a good and economical option, but as long as they do not contain alcohol.
In addition, it is necessary to keep in mind that they will not work efficiently on waterproof mascara or any other waterproof type makeup (resistant or waterproof), since they will not have the quality of being able to disintegrate or dissolve the makeup, and remove it completely. of the skin.
You tend to wash your face in the shower
You may often wash your face in the shower to save time. Even if you use the products in the correct order, you are making a serious mistake: not only is the shower probably too hot for the delicate – and sensitive – skin of the face (thus you will risk removing its valuable natural oils), also any residue that comes from the hair will end up on the face, and it will also have the ability to clog the pores.
Therefore, it is clear that it is best to follow your skin care routine outside the shower, washing your face, for example, in the sink.
You exfoliate your skin excessively
Exfoliation becomes an essential process for skin care, and it is advisable to carry it out at least once or twice a week, thanks to the fact that it eliminates dead cells that accumulate over time. In addition, they provide an added benefit: they will help facial products tend to penetrate the skin better.
Indeed, on this particular occasion everything will also depend on the type of skin we have, so the type of exfoliant we use will depend on whether we have normal, combination or oily skin.
But excessive exfoliation can also be counterproductive, in that they end up doing more harm than good by causing dryness, irritation, and flaking. The best? Just limit it to one peel at a time, per week.
You apply cleanser incorrectly.
Just as following the correct order is, to say the least, fundamental, as well as the use of suitable products depending on the type of skin we have, the mode and form of application of certain products is also important, as is the case with the cleanser.
It becomes, as we have already mentioned in a few moments, the first step in any skin care routine, and it is essential to do it well if we do not want the rest of the process to be seriously affected. Everything will also depend on the texture or consistency of the cleansing product that you are going to apply to your skin.
If you’re using a light lotion, it’s essential to apply it to dry skin, rubbing it in for a few seconds (just like you would a moisturizer). This is extremely interesting, as it gives the oils, present in the cleanser, enough time to then break down the oils in both makeup and skin.
Then, lightly moisten your fingertips, which will make the cleanser emulsify. Make sure, though, that you always massage the cleanser in a circular motion, from the inside out.
It is also essential to let the product act as long as necessary. What’s more, in most cases the usual thing is not to give it enough time to work properly. This is the case, for example, with acne treatments specially designed to combat breakouts (and prevent them from recurring). It is essential to let them sit on your skin for at least a minute or two before rinsing your face. This will be the time necessary to allow its different active ingredients to act to kill acne-causing bacteria.
You only use makeup wipes
Although it is true that make-up remover wipes were a real revolution in the cosmetics industry, not only professional but especially domestic, abusing them can end up being tremendously negative for the skin.
And it is that, unlike what you may think at first, makeup remover wipes do not cleanse the skin. For the most part, they end up smearing all the makeup, dirt and dead cells, leaving an uncomfortable passage of irritated skin in their wake. In other words, instead of removing dirt, oil and makeup, they basically accumulate them, giving the slight impression that they are cleaning the skin, when they are not at all.
Therefore, when the wipe leaves residue on the skin, related problems can be experienced, such as increased sensitivity, dryness, irritation and, in some cases, allergic reactions.
Nor can we underestimate the presence of certain active ingredients, which can increase the risk of developing skin inflammation. In some cases, this includes the presence of certain formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, emulsifiers, surfactants, and solubilizes. All of these compounds work to remove makeup, oil, dirt, and dead skin cells.
But the reality is that wipes are only intended to cleanse the skin, without the inherent benefits of being able to apply a cleansing product during the process. Or, what comes to the same thing, the skin will be exposed to higher concentrations of cleansing ingredients (chemicals, after all), and all without the added benefit of being able to rinse them off with water.
In addition, it is usual to rub them on the face, with the risk of increasing irritation and redness, promoting pigmentation and even the formation, over time, of the first wrinkles.
They cannot become an alternative to cleaning your face. Moreover, they cannot be compared to the routine of using a cleanser, massaging the skin, stimulating blood circulation (thereby allowing the product in question to work much better), and finally rinsing the remains that may have remained on the face. With the wipe, however, the only thing you will achieve is to leave half of the makeup and dirt on the face.
Every time you use them, it is much more advisable to carry out a complete cleaning as soon as possible. Or, at least, use them in conjunction with a good cleanser.
Solution: Using micellar water can become an interesting and tremendously useful option, mainly because it is an economical but effective product to cleanse the skin, even without the need to carry out any kind of rinse. Of course, it does not work to remove waterproof makeup, unless you use a type of micellar water specifically designed for this purpose. On the other hand, even when rinsing is not necessary, it is recommended to add this product to your skin care routine as a double facial cleansing (that is, not using it individually, but using it after a good deep cleanser).
You use a soap, instead of a cleanser
Many soaps, like traditional bar soaps, are often not pH balanced, so they often rely on strong surfactants (as might be the case with sodium lauryl sulfate) to help remove grime, dirt, oils, dead cells… and also the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Even when you feel that your skin is perfectly clean, by the mere fact of smelling good, the reality is that the natural barrier will end up becoming weaker, which leads to an increase in free radicals -mainly related to premature aging and other skin conditions-, due to loss of moisture.
Therefore, if you usually do it, it is essential to leave the liquid soap to clean your hands, and replace it with a good facial cleanser, which will contain the active ingredients necessary to help you remove most of the contaminants, dirt, oils and dead cells that They have been accumulating on the skin throughout the day.
You wash your face too much
Just as skipping your pre-sleep cleanse can be very counterproductive when it comes to enjoying good facial health, particularly if you have any traces of makeup on your face, the same thing happens when you overdo it. That is, when you wash your face too much.
And it is that an excessive rinse or wash can end up causing an overproduction of oil, which can cause the pores to become clogged and increase the risk of acne breakouts. But not only that: it also increases irritation and dryness.
Unless you practice physical exercise, or have sweated a lot as a result of the environmental heat or from having practiced some type of certain activity, a triple facial cleansing is not even less adequate.
You are in too much of a hurry
Any skin cleansing process is essential, and it becomes, as we have already explained, an essential part, the first thing to do. Even when you are in a hurry, it is very easy to speed up the process and go to bed, or continue with our day (if we do it in the morning, for example).
However, when you really want to enjoy much more cared for and healthier skin, it is vitally important to at least try to do your best. And this means taking the time to get it right. In short, if you are going to take the time to follow the routine step by step, it is very interesting to make cleaning worthwhile.
Therefore, you should massage your skin gently, always with circular movements, which help to better apply the product. And you should not forget about the so-called T-zone of the face (which includes the forehead, nose and chin), as well as the jawline, which we usually tend to forget about.
You leave makeup on your skin
Properly removing -and thoroughly- makeup is equally essential, as we have already told you on many occasions. Even when you think that makeup dissolves only by rinsing your face with water, the reality is quite different: there will always be traces that, in the long run, could irritate the skin and cause other related problems. This is what is known as residual makeup.
And, to avoid this, it is essential to physically clean the makeup, which necessarily means using a deep cleanser, micellar water, or even carrying out a double facial cleansing. On some occasions, especially when you do not have dry or sensitive skin, you can help with a facial sponge, which will help cleanse the skin completely.
Then, once you’re done, simply pat your face dry, avoiding rubbing the towel on your skin, as this could damage and irritate it.
After cleaning your skin, you do not apply any other product
Following a care routine, step by step, is essential when it comes to enjoying the healthiest skin possible. However, sometimes, whether due to ignorance or simply because of a rush, it may happen that once you have thoroughly cleaned your skin, you do not continue with the routine, or you do not apply any other product.
As many experts agree, it’s vitally important to follow up with a moisturizer or serum, and to do so immediately, within a minute of applying the cleanser.
In fact, after rinsing and using the cleanser, applying a moisturizing product almost immediately helps to retain the natural hydration of the skin, before it begins to evaporate over the minutes.
Of course, there is an exception: in the event that it is exclusively a product to treat acne, when applied to wet skin they can end up causing irritation, so it is not appropriate to do it immediately, nor with wet skin.
You finish the routine or care regimen without applying a moisturizer
Especially at night, after you’ve cleaned your bed and applied a serum or moisturizer, what you do next is almost as important as how you’ve cleaned your face.
Although nothing will probably happen if you get lost at some point, when you always skip the use of a moisturizer after cleansing your skin, you will be following an incomplete care routine, not providing what you really need.
Even if you have oily skin, hydration is always very important, especially at night, when the skin tends to recover and renew itself to face a new day the next morning. It is essential for moisturizing the skin and helping to retain natural hydration, which will allow you to enjoy more hydrated, brighter skin and a much healthier appearance.
Another mistake to keep in mind: You do not use the towel properly
Excessive use of the towel can end up irritating the skin, even causing it to dry out by eliminating its natural barrier.
Therefore, once you have washed your face with a good cleanser (remember, it is essential that it contains a balanced pH, so that it is as respectful as possible with your skin), you have rinsed your face with lukewarm water (never hot) and you have applied the products with circular movements… Avoid a very common mistake that many of us tend to make every day: we dry our faces excessively, rubbing and rubbing.
If, in addition, the towel has a rough texture -something that very often happens when it is too old or is already in poor condition-, you will only be able to break the elastin of the skin, promoting sagging and the appearance of premature wrinkles.
On the other hand, in addition to using the towel gently, it is essential to wash it from time to time; depending on the use, the ideal is to do it at least every 3 or 4 days. Why? Very simple: a dirty towel becomes a real breeding ground not only for bacteria, but also for mold.
Which makes us ask ourselves the following question: Why so much effort with our daily skin care routine, if we then cover it with a towel full of bacteria?
The ideal is to have a towel for the body and another exclusively for the face. Moreover, it is much more advisable that the one you use for the face is as smooth as possible.
How many times should you cleanse your skin each day?
The reality is that there is no official guideline or rule on how many times we should wash our faces each day. To a greater extent, it depends both on the type of skin we have, and on what really works for each one. This basically means that how often we should cleanse our skin (i.e. including a face wash as part of a regular skincare routine), comes down to what feels best for our skin.
For example, if at night, you only apply a light serum, it is very possible that you could change -or even skip- your morning cleanses for only a little warm water. However, if you apply a thick moisturizer or oil each night, chances are you’ll feel much more comfortable using a cleanser every time you wake up.
On the other hand, if you have oily skin, and you also have a certain tendency to acne, it is very likely that until now you have believed that washing your face several times a day is essential to enjoy better skin health. But the reality could be quite different, particularly if you’re washing your face several times a day to combat acne.
The main reason is that many cleansers, especially those designed for the treatment of acne, often contain different chemicals or detergents called sulfates, which end up destroying the natural barrier of the skin, removing all moisture, causing redness, inflammation, and finally a worsening of both oiliness and acne breakouts.
However, this does not prevent you from moisturizing the skin on your face two or three times a day, but if you use a strong cleanser each time, then you may ruin the skin. In fact, as many specialists believe, all people should wash their faces both in the morning and at night. And if we have sweated, a third or fourth rinse of the skin may even be necessary. But rinsing your skin is not the same as using a deep cleanser. In this case, it is advisable to do it only at night.
But if you can only do it once a day (for example, due to lack of time), most experts agree on the same thing: it is recommended to do it before bed. It is a fundamental step, since it will help to eliminate both the oil and the dirt that has been accumulating throughout the day, along with other things such as makeup (which, we remember, it is essential to remove properly, since in the event of staying on skin overnight can increase the risk of clogged pores, irritation, and breakouts).
In any case, remember that everything will depend on the type of skin you have:
- If I have dry or sensitive skin. Washing your face two or more times a day can end up irritating your skin. So the most appropriate thing is to clean it properly every night, with the help of a formula that is as gentle as possible. Also remember that moisturizing cleansers are an excellent choice, as are thicker or oil-based cleansers. Then the next morning, simply rinse your skin with lukewarm water.
- If I have oily or acne-prone skin. Even if you feel the need to over-clean oily or acne-prone skin, the reality is that you can end up drying out your skin when you do it more than twice a day, making the problem even worse. The most appropriate is to use a cleanser with hydroxy acids, ideal for removing excess oil. Prescription cleansers can also help.
- If I have mixed skin. In case you have this type of skin, it is advisable to do it twice a day. There will be no problem when washing your skin in the morning and at night. Of course, it is advisable to use a formula that is as mild as possible, ideal for providing freshness, hydration and cleanliness, thus cleaning the pores in depth.
On the other hand, in case you wear makeup every day, we must remember that cosmetics can end up clogging pores, especially when they are not removed properly. This can increase the risk of breakouts. Therefore, if you apply makeup regularly, it is essential to wash your face in the morning, followed by a much deeper cleansing at night.
Likewise, before using a cleanser, it is essential to remove your makeup, for example using micellar water. Or enjoy the qualities offered by double facial cleansing, to ensure that all traces of makeup have completely disappeared.
Oil-based cleansers are also interesting, useful for providing a perfectly clean feeling, but without fear of irritating the skin.
What if you want to give up cleaning your skin twice a day?
In this case, for example, if you prefer -or need, perhaps due to lack of time- to give up cleansing your skin twice a day, a good option is to avoid cleansing in the morning.
In fact, some dermatologists warn about the risk that a deep cleansing in the morning can end up drying the skin, which can be drying and therefore unnecessary, especially if you cleaned your skin properly at night.
In this sense, even when you feel that you have oily skin in the morning, it is only advisable to rinse your skin with a stream of warm water. And then dry your skin and clean it with the help of a soft towel. Your skin will be rid of excess oil, but without stripping it of moisture without the necessary natural protective barrier.
The best routine to cleanse your skin every day
The main objective of any skin care routine is to smooth the skin, and refine the complexion in order to function in the best possible way, while solving certain problems. Or, even, place special emphasis on those parts of the face that are left to work more thoroughly (for example, because there are some specific skin conditions).
Any skin care routine consists, fundamentally, of a total of three main steps: cleansing (washing your face), toning (with which a correct balance of the skin is achieved) and hydration (with which we manage to hydrate and soften the skin). the skin).
Of course, it is essential to take into account something essential: calm, patience, and especially perseverance are simply fundamental. And there is no quick solution, much less instant: after applying each skin care product, it takes time to enjoy its different benefits. Although, it is true, some of its qualities can be seen almost immediately. This is what happens with peels, which offer the possibility of removing dead cells, dirt and excess oil, and allow you to see a totally renewed skin. But in the case of other products, such as nourishing and moisturizing creams, the essential thing is constant and daily use.
As many dermatologists and experts recommend, it is very important to try to use a certain product for at least six weeks, once or twice a day. And it is also essential to apply it depending on the consistency of the products. That is, from the thinnest to the thickest: cleanser, toner, serum or serum and finally the moisturizer. Therefore, the order of the routine to follow is fundamentally this, which we will summarize below:
- Cleaning. It is the main phase. Washing your face becomes, ultimately, the most basic step. It is therefore essential in any skincare routine. We must not forget that our skin is constantly in contact with different environmental pollutants, dirt and other elements (such as excess oil and dead cells) that must be gently removed every day. When it comes to avoiding dullness, clogged pores and subsequently the risk of acne, it is advisable to use a facial cleanser twice a day, morning and night. For example, at night, after dirt and pollutants have accumulated on the skin throughout the day, it is best to choose to use a deep cleanser. However, as we have mentioned in the previous section, it is also perfectly possible to cleanse your skin only at night.
- Tonic. While it is true that the first products consisted of alcohol-based substances that were used mainly to reduce oily skin, and remove any dirt that may have been left after cleansing, today they have evolved into liquid substances light, which provide extra nutrients, while also providing interesting benefits. For example, a toner can help the other products you’ll be using in your daily skincare regimen be better absorbed, while balancing your complexion. For this reason, they are always used after cleansing the skin, but before applying any other product. In any case, it is essential to always do it with clean hands, only pouring a few drops into the palm of your hand, and then gently apply it on the skin. You can also use a cotton pad or disc. If the toner contains exfoliating acids, you may only want to use it at night, or every other day. However, if it is any other formula, it is perfectly possible to use it in the morning and at night.
- Serum. Serums or serums, as you probably know, are concentrated doses of active ingredients that help reduce and treat a wide variety of skin problems, from irritation to dark spots, even age-related wrinkles. As many dermatologists and beauty experts say, even when we do not have any type of skin problem, it is perfectly advisable to add a serum to our daily care routine, especially a serum with antioxidant qualities applied in the morning, which will provide us with an extra help to protect us from daily aggressors. Among the most interesting -and recommended- active ingredients that our daily serum could contain, we can mention hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, retinol, vitamin B3, peptides, niacin amine and colloidal sulfur.
- Hydration. Finally, we find ourselves before a fundamental element that we should never overlook. We must not forget that the basic function of any product with moisturizing qualities is precisely not only to hydrate the skin, but to soften it. Since the moisturizers they help prevent water loss through the outermost layers of the skin, they are ideal to apply at the end of the skincare routine. In fact, they help supplement naturally occurring protective oils, as well as other basic and just as natural components. In this sense, and regardless of the type of skin we have, everyone needs moisture, although the texture of the moisturizer will be different. For example, if you have dry skin, the ideal is a nourishing cream; you have dry skin, a light, oil-free moisturizer is ideal; if you have sensitive skin it is essential to use a hypoallergenic moisturizer; And if you have combination skin, the ideal is to opt for a light moisturizer for the whole face, and a thicker one for the driest areas.
Useful tips to cleanse your face every day
Once you have discovered what are the most common mistakes that are usually made when washing your face, an extremely interesting option is to discover the opposite: how we should do it correctly, and above all, what advice can be helpful. a lot of help in this regard.
- Wash your face every night. It possibly becomes a strict rule when it comes to taking care of your skin. At a minimum, washing your face every night is an essential step before going to bed. As we have already explained to you, throughout the day, even if you do not leave the house or put on makeup, natural oils, sweat and dead cells accumulate on the skin. If, in addition, you add society and the pollution that comes from the environment to that, our outer layer of skin will tend to suffer the consequences. So, if you don’t wash your skin every night before you go to bed, you could cause all that dirt to build up, causing inflammation, irritation, and acne breakouts as a result of clogged pores.
- You can also consider washing your face in the morning. While not strictly necessary, particularly if you follow a nightly skincare routine, many experts say another rinse in the morning can be a great idea. At night we may sweat; Furthermore, bacteria from saliva and oils from hair are often too easily transferred to both the face and the eyes. To this we must also add the pillowcase, which may possibly be dirty even when it is not fully visible. Therefore, in addition to rinsing your facial skin in the morning as well, it is advisable to clean the pillowcases quite frequently, at least once a week.
- Remember to use the correct water temperature. Neither cold nor hot water. As we have seen, the best thing to clean your skin, and wash your face, is warm water. Hot water, we must remember, can cause the dilation of blood vessels, to which is added the breakage of the most delicate tissue. So the skin will end up becoming dry or very dry, as well as flaky over time.
- Always use a suitable cleanser according to your skin type. When looking for a good facial cleanser, remember that it is essential to keep in mind your skin type. And, above all, if your skin is sensitive, atopic or if you have a certain tendency to acne or other skin conditions.
- Avoid overdoing it when cleaning your face. The ideal, as we have already indicated, is to wash your face only as many times as essential or necessary per day. What is recommended? In the morning and especially at night. As well as after exercising or after having sweated excessively. In fact, as experts say, unless you’re prone to skin infections, you don’t need to wash your face more than twice a day in order to get rid of germs. The thing is even worse if, in addition, you have sensitive or dry skin, since then you will find that the skin possibly irritates more easily. Even if you use a proper cleaner.
- Wash your face whenever you sweat. In any case, whenever you exercise, it is essential to always clean your face after a workout. When we play sports, dirt and sweat accumulate on the skin. If you don’t, because you don’t have time or simply forget, you can increase your risk of acne breakouts.
- Don’t forget to use a moisturizer quickly. Immediately after using a deep cleanser, it is essential to use a good moisturizer, which contains not only moisturizing ingredients (that is, that draw water into the skin), and occlusive ingredients (that help seal that hydration in the skin). Of course, it is not appropriate for the skin to be completely wet, but only a little. It will be more than enough to help her keep even more moisture. What is recommended? Does it within the first 60 seconds? And it is that if you wait even a few minutes, the cells of the skin’s surface will dehydrate, and then they will be -even- much more difficult to hydrate.
- Avoid rubbing your skin aggressively. Always treat the skin as gently as possible, even if you are using an exfoliant. Not by rubbing more will you get the skin to be cleaner. On the contrary, it could become irritated and inflamed. And, in addition, it can end up hurting a lot. It is better to use a soft and perfectly clean towel, and do it in a patting way.
- Avoid lathering too much or excessively. The same goes for soap. Although it’s quite tempting to feel the cleansing product for a much longer period of time, the reality is that the time you spend lathering doesn’t correlate with how clean your face can be afterward. The best? Try to do this for at least 20-30 seconds, but no more. Washing your skin aggressively, or for a long time, especially if it is a cleanser with exfoliating ingredients, can also cause irritation and redness.
And remember: finding what really works for you will probably take some trial and error. Therefore, once you follow an optimal skin care routine, using only the right products, you will enjoy a much healthier and healthier skin.