Hey, skincare buff! You stock up on all the latest skincare launches, religiously follow a skincare routine and indulge in skin treatments every once in a while. However, when it comes to cleansing your face, you don’t put much thought into it, do you? Did you know, it’s ideal to massage a facial cleanser on your face for about 20-30 seconds, but very few people follow this rule.

Failing to cleanse your face correctly can invite lots of skin issues. Want to know whether you are cleansing your face correctly? Here are a few signs you can look out for.

 

You can see traces of makeup

You can see traces of makeup

After cleansing your face, if you see traces of foundation or mascara while wiping your face, chances are your face wash is not doing its job well. You are either washing your face too quickly or using the wrong cleanser for your skin type. Eye makeup can be quite stubborn to get rid of, therefore, it is important to first use gentle micellar cleansing water such as the Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water and follow it up with a foaming cleanser.

 

Your skin looks dull after cleansing

Your skin looks dull after cleansing

Your skin should look fresh and rejuvenated after cleansing. If you notice any dullness in your skin after you’ve removed your makeup and cleansed your face, then you are not doing it right. Of course, over washing and rubbing your face aggressively is not an option, but ensure you exfoliate your face twice a week.

 

Your pores are clogged

Your pores are clogged

Cleansing removes dirt, oil and other impurities from your face. But, when you don’t clean your face thoroughly, the dirt and grime end up clogging your pores. In order to avoid this, it’s best to use a face wash that removes deep-set dirt. We recommend using the Ponds Pure White Anti-Pollution + Purity Face Wash which contains activated charcoal that effectively draws out impurities and gives your skin a squeaky clean feel.

 

Your skincare products aren’t working

Your skincare products aren’t working

Another indicator of bad face washing habit is noticing no changes in your skin even after using the most effective skincare products. There’s a reason experts recommend using products on freshly cleansed skin, it’s because it allows the products to seep deeper and work better. When your skin is covered in oil, dirt and grime, skincare products cannot penetrate into the skin and work their magic.

 

Skin texture feels uneven

Skin texture feels uneven

You may have noticed how your skin feels greasy, rough and uneven when you haven’t washed it for a long time. By not cleansing your face effectively, you are allowing a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, this will invite more skin problems and leave your skin looking dull.