8 Common Face-Washing Mistakes You Need to Avoid for Good Skin

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8 Common Face-Washing Mistakes You Need to Avoid for Good Skin ILLUSTRATION – Washing face (PHOTO: Shutterstock)Wednesday, July 8, 2020

TIMESMALANG, JAKARTA – Face-washing is a simple yet necessary step in your skincare regimen. However, it turns out that you could be making face-washing mistakes that may lead to skin damage or breakouts, which can prevent your skin from looking its most beautiful.

Have you done it right? Keep reading to find out the 8 common face-washing mistakes as quoted by Hello Sehat.

1. You’re using the wrong cleanser

You have to use a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type and find out what your skin problems are. Therefore, you can choose the right cleanser that is formulated for your skin.  

2. You’re over-washing your face

It is wrong to think that frequent face-washing can make your skin cleaner. Over-washing your face can lead to skin irritation and excessive sebum. You only need to wash your face twice a day, in the morning and night. If you are staying at home, not wearing any makeup and not sweating a lot, you only need to wash your face with lukewarm water at night.

3. You’re washing your face with hot water

You might often hear that you have to wash your face with hot water to open the pores, then you use cold water to tighten the pores. In fact, pores do not have muscles to open up and tighten. Hot water can make your skin dry and irritated. Use lukewarm water instead of hot water to cleanse your face.

4. You’re over-exfoliating

When you are having skin problems, you will feel the urge to use many skincare products to fight the skin problems. One of the methods to get rid of skin problems is by exfoliating. Exfoliating is necessary to get rid of the dead skin cells. However, you should not over-exfoliating your face. You only need to exfoliate one to three times a week. In fact, over-exfoliating will lead to skin dryness, irritation, inflammation, or even infection.

5. You’re cleansing your face in a hurry

Washing your face in a hurry is not effective in getting rid of the dirt and excessive sebum. To wash your face effectively, you should at least wash your face for two minutes. Try massaging your nose and forehead while washing your face to get rid of the excessive sebum.

6. You’re rubbing your face too hard

Whatever your skin type is, be gentle in applying cleanser, mask, or exfoliant. Rubbing your face too hard will make your skin feel pulled. You should not rub your face with a towel to dry, as it may damage your skin elasticity. Instead, you have to pat your face dry with a towel.

7. You’re using moisturizer after your skin has been dried off

Using moisturizer is an essential thing in the last step of skincare regimen. Moisturizer can lock the natural moisture of your skin and protect your skin from dirt, free radicals, and harmful particles to your skin. Make sure to apply the moisturizer when your skin is still moist, right after you cleanse your face. Massage and push your face up to avoid sagging.

8. You’re skipping face oil

Most people think that oil-based skincare is the enemy of an oily skin. However, beauty experts and dermatologist say the opposite. In fact, oil-based skincare is a good thing for any skin types. Oil will dissolve oil. This oil will get rid of the dirt and bacteria that cause pimples. In addition, oil maintains the skin moisture and balance the skin pH. (*)

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