I know that washing your face sounds shockingly simple but you may be shocked to know that many of us are doing it incorrectly. But don’t worry, these simple mistakes are easily correctable and we can quickly get ourselves on the right track. Read on to see if you’ve made any of these mistakes when cleaning your face.

1) Using dirty hands

Sounds silly but before you wash your face, make sure you’ve washed your hands! If you don’t, you’re not really cleaning your face. Any dirt, oil or bacteria that was on your hands can be transferred onto your face and that defeats the whole purpose of washing your face.

2) Wrong cleanser

Another common mistake that we make is using the wrong type of face wash for our skin type. Sometimes we aren’t aware of exactly what skin type we really are or we happen to pick up the wrong cleanser but use it anyway. Take note of how your skin feels after washing. If your skin feels tight or dry or your skin doesn’t feel clean, you might need to switch your face wash for a different one.

3) Water is either too hot or too cold

Despite what we’ve been led to believe about skin care in the past, using hot or cold water won’t open or close your pores. Dermatologists say that pores don’t have muscles so they don’t have the ability to open or close. Stick with lukewarm water when you’re washing your face. Water that’s too hot can dry out skin and water that’s too cold can break capillaries.

4) Exfoliating errors

Exfoliating your skin is a major part of your skin care routine and if you happen to be exfoliating too little or too much, you won’t be getting the benefits you should be. Exfoliating too much is clearly not good, you can irritate or even harm your skin, but not exfoliating enough is bad news, too. Aim to exfoliate your skin up to twice a week depending on your skin type and the night time is an ideal time to do it since that’s the time your skin is generating new skin cells.

5) Washing too much

No matter what type of skin you have, cleansing your face too often is asking for skin care trouble. Over washing your face can irritate or dry skin out and if your skin is naturally oily, it can cause your skin to overproduce oil. Limit cleansing your face to twice daily unless you’re cleaning up before or after the gym to keep your skin happy and healthy.

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