5 Cleansing Mistakes You Might Be Making

While cleansing seems to be the least complicated step in one’s skincare routine, there are mistakes that people make. Let’s take a look at some of those so you can avoid committing them. 

You might be blaming your breakout on pollution, food intake, stress levels, and lack of sleep. While all these can contribute to acne, has it ever crossed your mind that your cleansing habits might be the culprit? Listed below are the things you should avoid doing.

Washing Your Face With Dirty Hands

In this ongoing pandemic, not washing your hands is considered a big no-no. However, there are still times when we become too lazy to follow this general rule. May this serve as that voice in your head which reminds you to always wash your hands first before cleaning your face.

Skipping the Double Cleansing Method

Your make-up, sunscreen, and other oil-based impurities won’t wash away with just your regular cleanser, which is why you need a helping hand. Not using an oil-based cleanser could lead to pore clogging. You might be thinking: “wait, don’t tell me…another step?” Yes, but hear us out: your effort in adding this step helps guarantee a healthy complexion, which we’re sure is what you want.

We recommend the Heimish All Clean Balm if you’re looking for a travel-friendly cleanser. Perfect for getting rid of stubborn waterproof make-up, it’s also infused with hypoallergenic ingredients to avoid irritation, and shea butter plus botanical extracts to nourish the skin. 

If you’re not much of a traveller, the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil will suit you well. Its key ingredients are black bean oil for sebum control, black sesame oil for anti-aging, and black currant seed oil for skin barrier strengthening. 

Washing Too Long & Too Often

Dermatologists recommend at least 20 seconds of gentle massaging to effectively remove all impurities while keeping the skin’s natural oils intact. Also, the general rule of thumb is to cleanse not more than twice a day. If you tend to sweat a lot (maybe during a workout), stretching that to 3 times a day is okay, as long as you’re reaching for a gentle cleanser, like the Round Lab Dokdo Cleanser.

Using Harsh Cleansers

Oily and acne-prone fellas are often guilty with this. It’s satisfying to get that squeaky-clean finish after a long day of feeling like an oil slick, but the more you strip away your skin’s natural oils, the more your skin barrier gets compromised. So if your cleanser leaves your skin dry and tight, it’s high time for you to replace that. Consider the By Wishtrend Acid-Duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser, a low pH cleanser formulated with LHA and PHA to gently wash away grime and dead skin cells. 

Going Overboard with Exfoliation

Exfoliating is great, but make sure you’re not overdoing it. If you already have an AHA in your routine, think twice about following it with a BHA product right after. If the product you have contains a high percentage of a chemical exfoliant, don’t use it daily. To be absolutely safe, consult with your dermatologist when considering to use multiple kinds of exfoliants. Although we do have 

Just starting off with chemical exfoliation? The By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is the kind of exfoliant that effectively promotes cellular turnover in a gentle, non-irritating manner. It’s formulated with mandelic acid (hence its name), which helps prevent build-up in pores, leading to less blackheads and whiteheads. 

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If you think this applies to you, don’t worry. It’s never too late to correct these mistakes. And with that, have a wonderful (skin)week ahead!

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