Cleansing is an essential part of every skincare routine, and while it may seem simple, you’d be surprised at how many people are performing this step incorrectly. But, we’re here to change that. We’ve compiled 7 of the most common face-washing mistakes. Take a look at our list below and how you can correct these popular habits to achieve the perfect cleanse:
1. Using makeup wipes
Makeup wipes may be convenient, but they’re definitely not a suitable alternative to facial cleansers. That’s because they smear that makeup, dirt and oil across your skin, rather than removing it. This residue can then lead to infected glands, clogged pores and unwanted acne. They also contain chemicals and preservatives, which can dry out your skin. And, since makeup wipes require scrubbing your face clean, your skin may end up irritated with use.
2. Leaving behind hard-to-remove makeup
If you’ve ever used waterproof mascara, black eyeliner or even glitter, you know the struggle of trying to take off stubborn makeup. But, while it might be tempting to just leave these traces of makeup behind, that residue can clog your pores and lead to irritation and breakouts. Thankfully, our makeupmelt cleansing balm effortlessly eliminates that hard-to-remove makeup without stripping away moisture for a clean, hydrated complexion.
3. Sleeping in your makeup
We’re constantly told to remove our makeup before going to bed, and it’s for good reason. Since most makeup is made up of oily substances, it can clog your pores and trigger acne when left on the skin for a long period of time. The skin also renews itself while you sleep, so when you leave your makeup on you’re interrupting cell turnover. This can cause signs of premature aging, such as wrinkles.
4. Applying the wrong cleanser
Don’t just settle on any cleanser, like bar soap or shower gel. You need to choose one that’s right for your skin type, and will support your skin’s needs. With the wrong cleanser, your skin can become too dry, oily, tight or irritated. An effective cleanser will completely eliminate dirt, makeup and surface oils and maintain your skin’s barrier without stripping its moisture.
At glowoasis, we offer two gentle cleansers that are safe for all skin types — makeupmelt cleansing balm and cloudcleanse cloud-whipped foam cleanser. When used together, these products create a double cleanse to wash away impurities found above and deep below the skin’s surface. These cleansers can be purchased together as part of our NEW double cleanse kit, as well as our cleanse mini duo vegan skincare kit.
5. Rinsing with hot water
If you’re rinsing off your cleanser with hot water, turn that temperature down immediately. Extremely hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and irritated. And, as a result, this may cause your glands to start producing excess oil. Instead, always gently cleanse with warm water.
6. Using a dirty washcloth
It’s best to use a clean washcloth when cleansing. If your washcloth is dirty, it can bring all that grime right back into your skin. Washcloths can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. In order to prevent spreading, we suggest that you refrain from sharing your washcloth with any friends or family.
7. Scrubbing your face dry
We know it’s hard, but after you rinse off your cleanser, fight that urge to rub your face dry with a washcloth. This pulling and tugging motion can cause inflammation, which may bring on irritation, redness and even dark spots. We recommend gently patting your skin dry with a clean, dry washcloth.
Are you guilty of any of these face-washing mistakes? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. These habits are not only common, but also easy to fix.
Now that we’ve taught you what to do, and not to do, during your cleansing routine, you’re well on your way to perfectly clean, healthy skin.