By Gabby Neal
As we’ve grown up, the concept of washing our face has evolved as well. Now that we’re twenty-something years old, we can’t really rely on the good old splash a bit of water and we’re good to go, method anymore. We really have to look after our skin and actually use products that scientifically serve a purpose – and yes, believe it or not, they actually do.
It seems like a simple enough task; wash your face, cleanse, tone, moisturize. All the while throwing in an exfoliating scrub or mask in there too. But as much as yes, we may forget to take our make-up off on the odd occasion (more times than we’re proud of I’m sure) we’re actually forgetting a few things along the way too.
One thing I’ve noticed a lot of my friends doing when coming home from a night out, is that they actually forget to take off their make-up first, before cleansing. Most cleansers don’t necessarily take off all the layers of concealer or foundation, especially around the nose. So it’s important to remember to use a face wipe first, then cleanser, so you can get it in deep and it can do what it’s meant to do.
Obviously, the big one that most of us have no clue about is how often we’re meant to wash our face…once, twice? And to be perfectly honest with you, there is no one size fits all. This will depend on you and you only. Obviously you don’t want to overdo it, that’s just stupid and we all know it leads to irritation and dry skin – not good. But basically, wash your face after a workout (prevents breakouts), after a night out, and a general rule of thumb: if you’ve got oily skin, twice a day and if dry, once a day.
Washing our hands is common practise for most in our day-to-day lives, but where we tend to forget, is washing our hands before washing our face. Think about it…you’ve been out all day (or night) doing god knows what, and then come home and literally, place all those germs amassed on your dirty hands, straight onto your face.
Idiot. Just joking…but seriously think about it?
The other thing, you do need to wash the washer from time to time. If it’s the thing you use to take off the dirt, then it’s going to hold onto that dirt. Another, simple but easily missed step in the whole ima-have-glowing-skin process.