Guilty as Charged...The Facial Cleansing No-no's that We All Commit!
Cleansing is The flawless skin Golden Rule! It's the only way we can keep our skin in good nick. It gets rid of make up so that our skin can breathe overnight. And a morning cleanse will remove impurities (for example sebum) that accumulate whilst we sleep. If we don't cleanse, we won't just leave our pillows covered in grime, but also wake up to a dull complexion or (Heaven Forbid) pimples! But did you know you could be making mistakes in something as simple as cleansing? Here are a few cleansing no-no’s that you could be doing unknowingly
1. Not choosing the right cleanser
Oil, lotion, micellar water, cream, gel... It's a jungle out there and we're all guilty of grabbing the nearest product. BIG mistake! We need to choose a cleanser suited to our skin type: milk or lotion for mature skin, oil for normal skin, gel or mousse for oily skin and cream for dry skin. For example, the Hydrafresh Anti-Ox Grape Seed Creamy facewash is a gentle foaming cleanser that cleans your skin while preserving your skin’s moisture levels. This leaves you with skin that is not only clean but also soft and moisturized, perfect for you if you have dry skin.
2. Being harsh on your face
Be gentle when you cleanse - don't rub your skin to death or feel the need to deplete your cotton pad supply.
3. Not using toner
If you love waterproof make up, heavier foundations or long-lasting lipsticks, then you're probably using an oil-based cleanser to get rid of any traces. This oil needs to be mopped up and that's where toners come in to play. Added bonus? Toners also leave us with a lovely, healthy glow!
4. Not using an eye makeup remover
Eye makeup removers can be used on our face, but not the other way round! Facial cleansers aren't always ophthalmologically tested, so you could risk irritating your eyes. So best to invest in a separate eye makeup remover.
5. Not cleaning your neck
To avoid lines, we all smoothe our foundations/primers/blushers down our neck, sometimes as far as our cleavage. Then, at the end of the day, we forget to remove them. And wonder why our neck and cleavage skin isn't clean and smooth. The skin on our neck and cleavage is really thin and fragile: it needs gentle cleansing followed by a good dose of moisturiser.
6. Scrubbing too hard
Heavy or waterproof make up can be hard to shift - we've all had moments when we've impatiently scrubbed it off. Another BIG mistake! Rubbing our faces harms the epidermis, leaving our skin fragile and sensitive. Cleansing needs a light touch - gently wipe off make up, working out from the centre of your face. Use as many cotton pads as it takes and always stick to the 'centre-out' rule.
7. Not cleaning in the correct order
Leaving our eyes 'til last is a waste of precious time. We end up smearing eye make up over our cheeks, meaning they need a second clean. To make life easier, start with your eyelids and lashes, where waterproof make up can be stubborn, follow with your lips and finish off with the rest of your face.