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. Face wipes
It might be time to break up with the face wipes; yes we know they’re the easy option, but at what price to your skin? The majority are loaded with chemicals which, sure, will dissolve your makeup, but surfactants and emulsifiers tend to aggravate. Not to mention the scrubbing involved on a stubborn scrap of mascara, all that pulling is a massive no-no around your delicate eyes.
2. Harsh cleansers on 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. Go for a kinder, calming wash like Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, £12.50, which still lifts excess oil from pores without leaving them dry or tight.
3. One wash will do
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 realise 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. Switching water temps
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. Scrub, scrub, scrub (and then scrubbing some more)
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 once a week so as not to tear the pores – do it every day and even flawless skin will react.
6. Soaking up cream cleansers
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. Skipping 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 when you’re next browsing in Boots.
8. Having a splurge
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.