1. Washing your face with dirty handsAt the end of the day you know you need to wash your face and get the days grime off, but you need to start by getting it off your hands before you touch your face.
2. Washing your face too quicklyIt's not the most exciting part of our evening to clean our face but we know it's a job worth doing, so don't rush through it too quickly. 10 seconds of washing with a cleanser is not long enough to let all that ingredients get to work on your skin and properly remove dirt and bad oil. Try to spend at leas a minute massaging your cleanser into your skin before washing it off.
3. Not removing your makeup thoroughlyNot taking off your makeup thoroughly. This can touch a nerve with so many, and I get so many eye rolls whenever I mention it. But if you have makeup on you need to double cleanse. Your first cleanse is to properly remove your makeup. You need to cleanse again to wash your skin. This is the best way to ensure thoroughly cleansed, not overly cleansed skin.
4. Breaking the myth - if it doesn't lather, it doesn't clean
Soapy suds that give you that squeaky clean 'feeling' have been the epitome of cleanliness for a few generations now, but it’s time to get the story straight. Foaming cleansers commonly use sulphates to create the lather that we love to see on our face and hands. The more bubbles/lather/foam we see the cleaner the skin, or so we think.
However, this isn’t in fact true and using sulphates to wash your face will strip all the good and bad oils off your skin causing a chain reaction of oil production from you sebum glands to protect your skin from infection. Your pores are left exposed and open to bacteria so your sebum glands get to work to produce oil quickly to protect your skin, which in turn leaves to a cycle of over active sebum.