Washing your face may be doing more harm?

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Growing up, we’ve always been told to wash our face daily, but no one every told you that you could possibly be doing it wrong.


Compared to the rest of your body, the skin on your face is significantly thinner and more sensitive. Without knowing every persons specific skin type or cleansing routine, I believe it is safe to say that a lot of people don’t realize that they may be doing some procedures wrong, which could be doing more harm than good.


1. Washing your hands:

This is a step often overlooked by many. Make sure to wash your hands with a gentle soap prior to washing your face. If you have germs and bacteria on your hands and go straight into washing your face, you are just transferring those germs to your face, which is the opposite of what you are trying to do.


2. Rinsing your skin:

A lot of you may have heard that hot water opens your pores while cold water closes them.

Pores do not have muscles… therefore, they cannot open and close. 

That being said, warmer water can loosen up the dirt on your face, therefore making it easier to remove. It is important to use lukewarm water and not hot water though because hot water can be too harsh on your skin and dry it out.


3. Cleansing:

Use a small amount of cleanser and warm it up in your hands.

Then, use light pressure and circular motions (towards the outside of your face) to stimulate blood flow and release dirt. Spend some time working the product into your face (about a minute) paying specific attention to your T-zone where oil tends to build up.

Also, make sure to pay attention to your hairline and jaw line. The hairline is a spot where sweat can build up throughout the day and the jaw line is a spot where we often touch causing bacteria to gather.

If you are using an exfoliant, make sure you only use it 1-2 times a week and massage it into your skin gently. Exfoliants can easily go from being a great way to remove dead skin cells and dirt to an irritant.


4. Rinsing your skin (2):

Change the water to a temperature that is slightly cooler and splash the water onto face gently. If cleaning your face in the morning, this will also help in waking you up.


5. Drying:

Use a CLEAN towel and gently pat your face dry. Rubbing your face will only add unwanted redness, irritation and can strip your face of its natural oils.


The important thing when washing your face is to listen to your skin. If a product seems to be drying out your skin, making it red or anything else that strays from your natural skin type…. it is probably time to change it up.


Thank you for reading:)


Until next time,


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