How Clean Is Clean? 4 Signs You’re Not Washing Your Face Properly
Washing your face is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. Not just because it cleans, gunk, grime, excess oil, and product, but because it sets your skin up for the rest of your regimen.
In theory, it seems simple enough to just wet your face, lather and rinse? But…I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS cut corners (especially when i’m lazy-tired after a long day at work) and…at my lowest point, I wash my face while in the shower with just water, which I know, is disgusting.
The truth is, washing your face takes time and attention — and doing it the right way could make the difference between beaming skin and an acne breakout. Here are some key signs that you’re obviously not doing the whole washing your face thing right.
If there’s makeup or dirt residue
How many times have you seen makeup residue on the cottons you use to apply makeup or even toner, post-wash? That’s a bad sign! Also pro-tip: Always check your pillow! and wash your pillowcase weekly no matter what.
Your skin looks and feels clogged
If you routinely battle whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples then there’s a possibility you’re not washing your skin well enough. Often, congestion is the result of using a product improperly, lack of exfoliation, insufficient hydration, or the biggest culprit—not properly cleansing the skin.
Waking up with “Raccoon Eyes”
Eye makeup—including mascara, liner, and anything shimmery—is notoriously stubborn. While it’s less likely to cause breakouts, it can lead to irritated eyes. It’s also a big giveaway the rest of your face isn’t getting clean enough, either. Best to use a makeup remover formulated specifically for the eyes.
Your products are “pilling”
This term is new to me too. But apparently “pilling” happens when your products pile up on your face due to improper cleansing and “pill” when they interact with each other. Gross! An even bigger giveaway is if these bits are dirty or have a brown tinge to them YUCK.
Here’s how to cleanse right, according to this article on TheKlog.co:
ALWAYS double-cleanse, use an oil-based balm directly on to dry skin such as THIS magical product called Clean it Zero by Banila&Co.
Allow the ingredients in the cleanser some time to do their magic dissolving residue from oil-based make-up, sunscreen and excess sebum.
Place a warm, soft, washcloth over your face compress and swipe away.
Follow up with a gentle gel or foam cleanser to rinse away the rest. Don’t skip the spots that are usually missed – your chin, eyebrows, near your ears and around your nose.