If there’s one thing Team OLO loves, it’s teaching you how to wash your face for glowing results. But today, we’re telling you what NOT to do. We’re highlighting the top 3 most common mistakes women make when it comes to cleansing…have you been sabotaging your beauty routine with any of these?
Skipping Out on Cleansing
Let’s face it, sometimes you stay out too late or sleep through your alarm clock and decide to forego a face wash. We’ve all been there, but making a habit out of this beauty faux pas can seriously sabotage your skin. The bacteria, sunscreen, makeup, dirt, dust, pollution, and natural oils that accumulate on your face during the day and night mean that washing your face is the most important step in your beauty routine.
The Fix: Wash your face morning and night, no matter what. You’ll notice a glowing difference, we promise!
Washing with Water That’s Too Hot
While washing your face with very hot water may feel wonderfully stimulating, fight the urge! As the most sensitive skin on your body, your facial skin has a natural oil barrier that maintains skin integrity. Not only can hot water strip the skin of this protective barrier, it can also cause dilation of blood vessels and cause breaks in our delicate skin tissue. All of this can potentially lead to side effects like dry, itchy or flaky skin.
The Fix: Always go with lukewarm water for washing your face. It’s ideal for properly cleansing without causing potential damage.
Using Face Cleanser to Remove Makeup
You may be wondering why using a face cleanser to remove makeup is a mistake. Oh, let us count the ways:
- Many makeup products are smudge-proof, waterproof, or “long-wear,” which means basic face cleansers can’t thoroughly remove them.
- Water-based face cleansers can’t remove oil-based grime like natural oil build-up, sunscreens, and heavy makeup.
The Fix: The OLO double cleanse! Remove oil-based grime like makeup with an oil-based cleanser before following up with a foaming cleanser to remove water-based dirt like dust and sweat.
Not Moisturizing Directly After Cleansing
This isn’t 100% related to cleansing but it’s so important it deserves a mention! Always moisturize your skin directly after cleansing, while the skin is damp. This will keep the skin hydrated and soft and will allow your favorite facial oil or serum to absorb into (rather than sit on top of) the skin.