Are You Overwashing Your Face? 6+ Mistakes You Are Making
Overwashing your face could be only half the issue when it comes to looking after your skin. It can be so difficult to stick to a routine, and even harder to not fall into bad habits. Looking after your skin at the start makes it so much easier when it comes to getting older and dealing with age-related skin issues. Here are the lesser-known mistakes and skin sins you are making, and why it is so important to change your habits.
If you have been overwashing your face with hot water, the damage could be unknown. Hot water can do more damage to your pores than you think. We have always been told to not shower for too long, otherwise, it will dry your hair out. Well, the situation is the same for your skin. Too much warm steam can damage the outer layer of your skin. It can also worsen conditions such as dermatitis or eczema. Protect your skin by turning the tap down, just a little.
Whatever you do, when drying your face never use a striking motion. This can strip the natural oils and moisture your face has, as well as irritating the outer layer. When drying your face, always use a patting motion, and avoid using hand or body towels – face cloths only, please! Even better than this – leave your skin to dry naturally. This way you are ensuring that nothing good is stripped off your face.
Our face is something we know better than anyone else – so listen out for the signs as to when to wash.
Overnight skin care products can leave a residual film or create dead skin that you do not want on your face during the day. Clean your skin, ready to apply day moisturizers.
We deal with so many particulates throughout the day. Grease, dirt, pollution – everything worsens the skin over a long period of time. Get into the habit of washing your face before bed to ensure you are not just applying skincare products to dirty skin.
Sometimes our skin needs another wash – that is perfectly normal. Think about whether you have cooked something particularly greasy, or you have decided to go to the gym. Sweaty skin can leave lots of germs on the skin – causing breakouts and unnecessary oil.
I used to do this all the time. Seemed like nothing was wrong when relying on what we have. However, think about the number of things you touch every day. Even just the number of times we go to the toilet. Just not washing properly on one occasion could lead to an immediately dirty face. Wherever you can avoid touching your face! When washing your face, use something that can clean your pores rather than just the surface. I use the Magnitone Barefaced 2 a few times a week and a cloth for the remainder of times – but find what works for you. Overusing a cleansing brush too often will excessively dry your skin out too much, so find a happy medium.
We all have different skin, so the products that work for some, will not work for everyone. You need to find exactly what works for your skin and will not cause any problems. For example – if you have sensitive skin, it is probably not a good idea to try chemical peels. Overwashing your face (or feeling like you must) might be a sign that you are using the wrong products.
- Good size pores
- No excessive Redness
- Smooth skin, little texture
- Flakiness in places
- Cracking Skin
- Larger Pores
- Glossy Skin
- Acne Prone
Even with oily skin, never think that you do not have to moisturize. You can find products that help with excess oils (for example, Salicylic acid) – but not drying your skin out too much.
- An Oily T-zone
- Enlarged pores in some areas
- Dryer cheeks
About the author
I am Sophia, I am 21 and I am a town girl. I started this blog in 2015 as a new year’s resolution and an outlet for a rough few years. 6 years on, the rough years have disappeared and yet I am still typing. My main calling is blogging help for beginners, and all things home, finance and well-being!