5 Ways You’re Washing Your Face Wrong

Posted in Beauty
on June 20, 2016


I’m going to be honest—I take my skin care routine very seriously.

I’m the person who can’t even get into bed without taking off her makeup and washing her face. And I’ve been that way for so many years. Growing up with acne problems in middle school and early high school was rough, so now that I have perfected my skincare routine, I appreciate having clear skin.

My friends ask for skincare advice and tips all the time. I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of my favorite skincare tips with you.

1 | You Wash Your Face Twice A Day

You’re probably thinking…what?! But it’s true. You might be doing more harm than good if you’re washing your face twice a day. You only need to wash your face at night because your skin is exposed to bacteria, which is why I recommend removing your makeup and then washing your skin thoroughly. Washing your skin again in the morning might be causing dryness and irritation to your skin. Skip your morning face wash in the morning. You will notice a difference!

2| You Use The Wrong Products For Your Skin Type

I am a big advocate on educating yourself to learn about your skin type and what products you need to use based on your skin type. If you have dry skin, you shouldn’t be using a regular toner. If you have oily skin, you should make sure your skin products are appropriate for oily skin. I find it amazing how so many people don’t know their skin type, and they don’t realize they’re using products that are causing breakouts, dryness and irritation. It’s important to learn about your skin, so you can treat it properly.

3| You Don’t Moisturize Afterwards

I feel like I shouldn’t be writing this because it’s so straight forward, but so many people don’t use moisturizer. It baffles me maybe because I’ve been so crazy about my skincare routine for so long that it’s second nature to me. Find a moisturizer that’s good for your skin type and use it daily. And don’t skimp out on moisturizer at night! There’s a common misconception that you don’t need to use moisturizer if your skin feels hydrated and healthy, but that’s simply not the case. For other people, it’s comes down to be lazy. Please don’t be that person, and moisturize your skin.

4| You Wash Your Face With Hot Water

Girl, I feel you. The LAST thing you want to do is to wash your skin with freezing cold water at the end of a long day doesn’t sound fun at all. But, if you’re looking for how you can improve your skincare routine, this might be your best bet. Hot water is another way you might be drying out your skin or irritating your skin, which can lead to breakouts and redness over time. Instead, wash your face with cool water (don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be ice cold) at night to better your routine.

5| You Don’t Wash Long Enough

It’s like brushing your teeth, we all don’t brush for the full two minutes. Well, maybe some do, but that’s besides the point. The average person washes their face for about five seconds. Only five seconds! That’s not enough time to remove the makeup, bacteria and dirt from the entire day. You need to take a full 20 seconds to clean your skin thoroughly. Because you’re only washing your skin once a day (see tip 1) you need to ensure you’re getting all the dirt and bacteria out from your skin. Make sure to rinse your skin with cool water and pat dry with a towel.

What skin tip did you learn from this post? What other skin tips do you have? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Hmmm! Interesting! I do wash my face twice a day, but at the end of the day, it’s just a simple makeup remover cloth and then I wash my face after my morning workout with a natural cleanser while I’m in the shower, and then i always follow it up with a moisturizer. I used a different cleanser while I was traveling the other week and my skin BLEW UP, I couldn’t believe it!

  • rileyjoblog

    I’m guilty on the hot water thing! I also have super dry skin, that might be a hard habit to break because it feels so good!

  • I will definitely be cutting out my morning wash! Thanks for the suggestions!

  • I may have to take your advice on only washing once a day and see how it goes. I have very sensitive skin!

  • I learned a long time ago washing with hot water was a no-no for my skin. I have super dry skin so I have to be careful how I wash it and how often. Great tips! 🙂

  • Jessica Hughes

    I am bad about not moisturizing, these are great tips!

  • I am all about hot water so learning that cooler water is best is news to me. I’ll have to give it a shot.

  • Lisa McDermott

    I’ve been a crazy person in regards to washing my face and moisturizing since I was like 8. So I totally feel you on this whole post! Also, don’t forget to moisturize your neck too!

  • hot water is definitely one of the things I try my best to avoid when I can. it kills the moisture in your skin. I don’t really agree with not cleansing 2x a day , though. As long as you use a gentle cleanser or cleansing oil/balm, it’s fine. it’s when you’re using cheap chemical cleansers that cleansing starts to dry skin out and becomes a problem.

  • I wash my face twice a day, but I use a gentle cleanser in the morning and moisturize afterward so I feel like it does okay! Agreed on avoiding hot water!!

  • My skincare routine has grown SO much over the last few years. I previously took terrible care of my face, rarely washing my makeup off in the evening. Now I remove my makeup in the evening, wash my face, and use a serum/moisturizer. Then in the morning I just rinse my face (without cleanser) and use a moisturizer with SPF. My skin is infinitely better than it used to be!

  • I didn’t know about number 1! I though I was doing it right. Thanks for sharing these tips, dear. 🙂


  • SO GOOD! I stopped washing twice a day a few weeks ago and actually see a difference. I was leery at first…but it’s TRUE.

    Coming Up Roses

  • I disagree with #1…I really think it depends on what type of skin you have. If I didn’t wash my in the morning, it would become a bed of blackheads and acne…couldn’t agree more with 4-5 though! 🙂 Do you have a background in skincare or aesthetics?

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