You try to be diligent and wash your face each and every day.
But could you be walking away from that sink with an even dirtier face.
What’s worse, some of the things you’re probably doing during your daily face washing regimen could actually be hurting your skin.
In this guide, you’re going to learn the mistakes to avoid and what you should be doing instead when it comes to your skin care.
Mistake #1: Using Products That Aren’t Meant For Your Skin Type
When it comes to skin care.
The first thing you need to determine is your skin type.
Is it normal, dry, oily, combination or sensitive.
This is really important because you have to understand what your skin needs from you in order to take care of it properly.
For instance, if you have dry skin but you’re using a product made for the oily or type that cleanser is going to dry your face out even more.
The same is true the other way around.
Products for dry skin don’t suppress sebum production like products for oily skin do.
So, someone with oily skin isn’t going to get what they need for their skin type if they’re using the wrong products.
Be sure to read the labels of your skin care items and stick to the ones that are going to suit your specific type.
Mistake #2: Not Washing Your Hands Before You Wash Your Face
Most people start their skin care regimen by splashing water onto their face and rubbing it all over with their hands.
The problem with this is that your hands are covered in bacteria that can make their way into your pores.
I mean just think of all the things you touched throughout the day doorknobs, light switches, money, your keyboard, phone screen and the list goes on.
That’s why it’s easy to understand how an average of 3200 bacteria from different species accumulate on your hands.
If you don’t want those germs to spread to your face wash your hands thoroughly with soap before you begin washing your face.
Mistake #3: Washing Your Face With Water Of The Wrong Temperature
Now it’s up to you to choose the temperature of the water you use to wash your hands.
But when it comes to your delicate facial skin it’s best to use lukewarm water.
Despite the common belief that washing your face with hot water will help open up your pores so it’ll be easier for you to clean them, hot water will actually end up leaving your face red blotchy and irritated.
It can even do permanent damage to your blood vessels if they burst due to the high temperature.
Hot water can also strip your skin of its natural oils damaging the protective outer layer.
However, don’t be so quick to jump to the other end of the spectrum and use ice cold water.
Cold water doesn’t do as good of a job when it comes to washing away all the dirt and buildup that can accumulate on your skin.
Mistake #4: Not Removing Your Makeup First
Use water and a cotton ball to gently wipe the makeup from your face.
It’s best to spend 10 seconds on each eye and don’t rub too hard as the skin around the eye area is very delicate.
Then find the perfect lukewarm water temperature and use your fingertips to ever so gently rub the facial cleanser into your skin using circular motions going outwards.
This will help stimulate blood flow keeping your skin looking younger longer.
Use facial scrubs too frequently.
When it comes to facial scrubbing it can do more harm than good. Your face isn’t a stove top.
You don’t need to be so abrasive with it.
Your skin is a smart organ and it does a good job of exfoliating dead skin cells on its own shedding about 35,000 of them each hour, pretty impressive right?
Excessive scrubbing will only leave your skin irritated and inflamed and can even lead to premature aging.
Another issue with scrubbing is that it removes the protective layer of your skin and can actually lead to more skin problems.
Exfoliate two to three times a week if you have normal or combination skin.
And only once a week if you have dry or sensitive skin
Mistake #5: Drying your face with a towel.
“Wait, but everybody dries their face with a towel.”
Hold on now, just imagine for a second how much bacteria can gather in a bathroom.
Those nasty little bacteria love nothing more than a moist environment such as your towel.
So, even if you have a favorite towel dedicated especially to drawing your face you may want to reconsider using it at all.
Not only can it’ll be too harsh for the gentle skin of your face especially if it’s made from an abrasive material but it can also just spread bacteria around and leave your face even dirtier than before you washed it.
Instead of using a towel use tissues, paper towels or even toilet paper.
Yep, you read that correctly.
Toilet paper is clean and sterile.
Just be sure to use the side that’s facing the inside of the toilet paper roll.
Remember, the importance of keeping the toilet seat down so that bacteria don’t fly around the bathroom each time you flush.
But if you happen to be in a public restroom tear off the part that’s hanging down and use the toilet paper that’s hidden up in the dispenser.