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4 Mistakes You’re Making When Washing Your Face

Wash your way to a perfect complexion with these tips.

After years of washing your face, you’re probably confident that you’ve gotten your daily routine down pat. However, since proper cleansing is the first step to a clear complexion, technique is just as important as the products you’re using. Here are some common slip-ups you may be making while washing up — and how to avoid them for clearer, healthier skin.

1) You don’t wash your hands.

Pimples occur when microscopic particles, like the bacteria on your hands, come in contact with the skin’s excess oil. That’s why it’s absolutely imperative that you wash your hands before you touch — or wash — your face.

2) You’re using the wrong products.

Everyone’s skin is different — that’s why finding the right face wash can be so tricky! Before purchasing any products that claim they’ll clear up your imperfections, consider whether the ingredients are compatible with your oily, dry, or sensitive skin type. If you’re unsure, your best bet is to purchase a gentle cleanser, which will prevent pores from clogging without over-drying and irritating skin.

3) You’re over-exfoliating.

There’s no question that a gentle exfoliation will rid your skin of dead cells and leave you feeling revived. But despite what beauty marketers might want you to believe, exfoliating isn’t a cure-all for your complexion woes. In fact, exfoliating too frequently can leave your skin puffy, over-sensitive, and prone to breakouts. An occasional face scrub is really all you need to keep your skin glowing. If you don’t want to risk overdoing it, adding a product with glycolic acid to your routine will get help get rid of dead skin without any harsh scrubbing.

4) Your washcloth is dirty.

Just as unwashed hands can transfer bacteria to skin, a dirty towel can counteract all the benefits of your face washing routine. For that reason, it’s crucial that you use a clean, bacteria-free towel to dry your skin. If you’re particularly prone to pimples, this might even mean using a clean towel every time you wash. After all, you’ve just done all that work to unclog your pores — why risk reintroducing dead skin or bacteria to your freshly washed face? Additionally, avoid irritating skin by patting, not rubbing, your face dry.

Wondering how else you can improve your skincare routine? Contact a dermatologist and find out what course of action is right for you.

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