7 Mistakes You Make When Washing Your Face

22 January, 2019
If you want washing your face to be as cleansing and restorative as possible, you need to focus on the entire process and use extra care in every step.

Washing your face 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 is one of the most sensitive areas of your body and should be treated with extra care. Pay attention to what you do now and modify any habits that are causing problems.

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Mistakes you Make Washing Your Face

1. Not Washing Your Hands Before Washing Your Face

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 you 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 smells fresh and clean and feels soft on your skin. However, seasons and temperatures change and so do the effectiveness of your products.

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


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 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 simply washing your face every day.

Ideally, you should be exfoliating 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

Do you dry yourself too aggressively after washing your face? Maybe you’re rubbing the skin too hard with the towel. If you think that the rougher 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 overdo it, and always be careful with how you treat the skin on your face. Your face is delicate and can easily become irritated.

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 the Right Water Temperature

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 impede 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 also gives a much more pleasant sensation than cold or hot water.

7. Not Rinsing Well

Your beauty routine doesn’t end after washing your face. This is where it starts because now that your face is clean, you can apply toners, moisturizers, serums, and sunscreens 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 pimples or blackheads.


It’s important that you properly rinse after washing 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 easiest 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 have even thought that all you needed was soap and cold water.

Now, you have a checklist of important things to remember for an effective beauty routine.

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