Cleaning your face may be the most straight forward thing, but if you’re not cleaning your face properly, you may as well not bother with the rest of your skincare routine. Not only can the wrong formula strip your skin of its natural oils, it can also disrupt the pH balance of your skin.
1. You're not working with your skin type
Using a face wash that disrupts the pH balance of your skin can cause all sorts of problems, like flaking, irritation, and blemishes. The health of your body and skin are directly linked to maintaining the correct pH balance. So make sure you choose a formula that will work with your skin type.
If you have oily skin, you should be using a gel based formula. If you have dry skin, go for a moisturizing cream or cleansing milk to soften and hydrate your skin, while retaining the natural hydration and moisture of your skin as you wash.
2. You're using the wrong formula
Remember, different cleansers require different applications, so check that you’re using the products correctly.
When using a gel or foam cleanser apply on to wet skin and allow it to sit on the surface for over a minute to let the ingredients work their magic.
If you're using a creamy lotion, apply it to completely dry skin and rub it in for a few minutes like you would with a moisturizer. This gives the cleanser a chance to break down the oil and dirt in your skin. When it gets to the point of feeling tacky apply a small amount of water with your fingertips to blend the product into your skin, using circular motions to cleanse deeply.
3. You're using a wash cloth
Contrary to popular belief, wash cloths aren’t always the most effective way of removing your make-up.
A damp wash cloth is a magnet for bacteria and they can also be abrasive and too harsh for your skin. If you must use one, go for a baby wash cloth and make sure it's been freshly washed each time before applying it to your skin.
4. The water is too hot
Washing your face with hot water feels nice, but it can also mess with your skin's natural oils leading to over-drying and subsequent excessive sebum production. Turn on both taps and wash with lukewarm water instead.
5. You're resorting to wipes
They might be convenient at the time but wipes are definitely not a good substitute for washing your face. Instead of taking away the dirt and grime, most of them simply move old make-up around your face.
So be mindful of how you wash your face and whether or not you are using the correct products and process for a fresh clean face each time.