Cleansing your face requires no special skills. You’ve done it all your life and are probably following the same routine since ever. However, you’ll be surprised to know that there is more to cleansing than what meets the eye. In fact, you could be making mistakes that are preventing your skin from looking its best.

From using the wrong cleanser and skipping the A.M. cleanse to over-washing your face and using hot water; your skin is probably suffering due to your “incorrect” cleansing methods. Yes, you read that right! To help you flaunt healthy and glowing skin, here’s everything you need to know about cleansing the right way...

Mistake #1: Using the wrong cleanser
 

Mistake #1: Using the wrong cleanser

While you may have heard a friend rave about a certain cleanser that has transformed her skin from drab to fab overnight, remember that the very same cleanser might not work similarly for you. Everyone has a different skin type and not all cleansers may necessarily suit your skin. Therefore, choose your cleanser wisely!

If you have sensitive skin, then look for a gentle and hydrating cleanser such as the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash. Enriched with multivitamins, this face wash is specially crafted for sensitive skin. Those of you with oily and acne-prone skin should ideally opt for a foaming cleanser that helps remove excess oil and dirt. Try the Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash that targets pimples at its root and leaves you with clearer skin in just 3 days. If your skin is on the drier side, then reach for the Dove Beauty Moisture Conditioning Facial Cleanser which effectively cleanses skin while replenishing moisture for soft, smooth skin.

Mistake #2: Applying your cleanser the wrong way
 

Mistake #2: Applying your cleanser the wrong way

Did you know? There is a right and wrong way to cleanse your skin. Yes, there is! It’s important to be gentle while cleansing your face. Rubbing your skin aggressively is a strict no-no! Take a coin-sized serving of your cleanser, work it between your palms, lather it up and apply it to your damp face. Massage the cleanser into your skin and rinse with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water to wash your face because it will not just strip your skin of its natural oils but also make your skin dry out faster and become more flaky and itchy over time.

Mistake #3: Over-washing your face
 

Mistake #3: Over-washing your face

Another way to keep your facial skin healthy and glowing is to avoid over-washing it. No matter what your skin type, one should ideally wash their face not more than twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Over-washing your face can lead to dry, irritated skin. Precisely why, you must stick to twice-a-day cleansing to get rid of pollutants and irritants that our skin is constantly exposed to.

Mistake #4: Removing makeup with your face wash
 

Mistake #4: Removing makeup with your face wash

If you think that your face wash is enough to remove all your makeup, let us tell you that you’re wrong! In fact, it’s probably the biggest mistake you’re making which is possibly ruining the texture of your skin. Face wash cleansers will not remove smudge-proof and waterproof products entirely. So before you reach for your everyday face wash, use a Micellar water as a makeup remover or use makeup removal wipes to get rid of your makeup thoroughly.

Mistake #5: Not washing your face before bed
 

Mistake #5: Not washing your face before bed

Your facial skin is exposed to oil, sweat, sun, pollution and makeup on a regular basis. At the end of the day, you obviously want to get rid of all the dirt that is resting on the surface of your skin. Sleeping with makeup on can cause skin irritation, inflammation and acne breakouts. Therefore, no matter how late it is, always remember to cleanse your face before hitting the sheets.