We know, we know—facial cleansing is pretty easy, right? Splash on some water, work in some product and you're basically good to go. Except it's not as straightforward as that with the range of cleansers on hand, and if you're not scrubbing up properly, the signs will start to show.
1. You use face wipes.
Girls, we think it might be time to break up with the face wipes; they may be the easy option, but majority are loaded with chemicals which, sure, will dissolve your makeup, but surfactants and emulsifiers tend be too harsh on your skin.
2. You use harsh cleansers even if you have oily skin.
Sure, it seems only logical to go hardcore on oily skin, and opt for grainy, astringent washes that will blitz the grease away. But the fact is if you go too harsh you're making the problem worse, as skin's natural response when it's stripped is to just produce more oil.
3. You wash a LOT of times.
Or will it? Think of all the things we wear on our skin–sunscreens, serums, and hydrators can build up over time. Add to that the makeup we wear and pollution from city air, and you'll soon realze that just one wash is only scratching the surface. At night, once you've rinsed your cleanser away, go in for a second round; this extra lather will work down deep to really reach into pores.
4. You switch between hot and cold water often.
File this little beauty titbit under the section 'Myths'–hot water doesn't open pores and cold water won't close them either. In fact, switching from hot to cold will only put skin into shock, so turn that tap around mid-way and keep it lukewarm, please.
5. You scrub too much.
The feeling of softened, freshly-scrubbed skin can simply not be beat–it's totally addictive and we could do it every day. But don't–keep it to two nights a week so as not to tear the pores–do it every day and even flawless skin will react.
6. You wait for your cleanser to sink in.
Cream cleansers are great, aren't they? So soothing on dry skin, and sometimes it's tempting to let them sit so our pores can soak up the goodness. Stop right there though, because these cleansers aren't meant to be sinking in, as once they do they're less effective at cleansing the surface of skin.
7. You don't read the ingredients list.
We're all guilty of only reading the front of our beauty bottles–removes makeup and clears clogged pores? Great, throw it in the basket. But when we skip the ingredients list, we're missing important stuff, like chemicals that many of us are allergic to. For example, sodium lauryl sulphate is a common foaming agent, but it's also a harsh aggressor if you use it every day. Fragrance in cleanser is similar, and it's unnecessary, too, so it's worth exploring deeper next time you're skincare shopping at Watsons.
8. You think that if a beauty product is expensive, it is effective.
Cleansing is fundamental but it shouldn't cost a bomb; bear in mind that, quite literally, you're washing money down the drain. Turn to the high street for budget options that do a no-frills job, and save that super-spendy splurge for a hard-working serum.