7 Common Face Washing Mistakes

· September 23, 2016
For face washing to be as hygienic and restorative as you want it to be, you need to focus on the entire process and use care in every step.

Face washing is usually the easiest part of your beauty routine. That’s why it’s not uncommon to see people make mistakes in the process. You need to remember that certain actions can be counterproductive and even cause problems for your face.

Don’t forget that this region is one of your most sensitive areas and should be treated with care. Pay attention to what you do now and modify any habits that are causing problems.

Today we’ll explain what they are.

1. Not washing your hands before face washing

This is a very common error: not washing your hands right before you wash your face. In fact, many people think it doesn’t make sense to wash their hands before cleansing their face, especially if they’re using the same cleaning products.

Believe it or not, washing your hands is vital. The reason is that your hands are constantly exposed to bacteria because they touch so many surfaces.

Some products for face washing aren’t prepared to remove those impurities, and if you use them without washing your hands you could contaminate other areas.

2. Not buying new products for years

No doubt you have a favorite beauty product. Maybe you love it because it’s so fresh, it smells great, and is soft in the skin. But the world around you doesn’t stay the same and your products will be altered by the climate.

That’s why you need to adjust your face washing routine.


The humidity and heat of summer make you sweat more than the dry cold of winter.

Find out which cleansers are best for each season and always stay one step ahead. Don’t get attached to any one product.

The ideal face washing product will remove impurities, makeup, and dead skin cells without stripping your skin’s natural oils.

Find a cleanser that will do the job (without it being too light, as those might require a double wash to get your face really clean).

You should also avoid extremely abrasive products because they cause your skin to become irritated and dry.

3. You don’t exfoliate

You rarely need to exfoliate your face every day, as it can cause your skin to dry out. Some exfoliants can damage the skin because they contain aggressive chemicals, while it’s generally enough to simply wash your face every day.

Ideally you should exfoliate once a week or twice a month, depending on the product you use. This way you’ll avoid losing your skin’s natural softness and you’ll be using the exfoliant correctly.

4. You’re careless with your skin

Are you the kind of person who dries their face aggressively after you wash it? Maybe you’re rubbing the skin too hard with the towel. If you think that the harder you dry it, the cleaner your skin will be, you’re wrong.

In fact, you could be doing a lot of damage. Try to do everything using circular and smooth motions: cleansing, exfoliating, and drying. This will reduce any damage and is more effective to clean your skin.

When you’re finished, pat your skin dry lightly and use a soft towel. Don’t over do it, and always treat it with care.

5. Not applying cleanser correctly

You have to know how to correctly apply your chosen face washing product. Your pores are going to absorb it to the deeper layers of your skin. So you need to apply it using circular, very light and smooth movements.

If you do this horizontally or vertically it can take longer to absorb. Review and follow the instructions with your cleanser: you’ll see that while it’s a slow process, it has big benefits.

6. Not using right temperature of water

There’s a belief that hot water opens your pores while cold water closes them. Although this is a widespread belief, it’s actually a myth. Your pores don’t have muscles that open and close them.

What you need to remember is that if you choose to wash your face with hot water it will damage the natural oils that protect your skin. This can cause uncontrolled dryness and impair the production of sebum.

It’s best to use warm water because it won’t cause any damage and will help facilitate the removal of impurities. Warm water is also a much more pleasant sensation.

7. Not rinsing well

Your beauty routine doesn’t end with washing your face. This is where it starts, because now that your face is clean you can apply toners, moisturizers, serums, and protectants to keep your face healthy.

After you use these products you need to keep in mind that if you don’t rinse well, they begin to build up on the skin.

The result is clogged pores, dry skin, and the appearance of pimples.


It’s important that you properly rinse your face. Pay special attention during the morning rush or when you’re dead tired at night.

Don’t forget to rinse your jaw, hairline, and nose. These are three places that are easy to overlook.

Maybe you’ve made some of these mistakes more than once when washing your face, or they’re not what you expected. You might even think that all you need is soap and cold water.

Now you have a checklist of important things in order to have a good beauty routine.