Skin Care Tip of the Week *Common Face Washing Mistakes*

Monday, August 8, 2011


Excessive cleansing- Cleansing your skin more than twice a day can strip your skin of its natural oils and can actually cause your skin to produce MORE oil. Even if you are prone to breakouts or or have super oily skin you should still only wash your face morning and night.

Picking a cleanser that smells the best- Cleansers that are full of unnatural or synthetic fragrance can irritate you skin and cause a whole host of problems. Its a good idea to read the back and see where exactly the fragrance comes from.

Not leaving the cleanser on your skin long enough
- In order for a cleanser to properly work it needs to be left on the skin for about 30-45 seconds before it is rinsed off.

Washing your face before using your shampoo and conditioner
- If you are prone to breakouts around your hair line it is most likely due to the fact that your shampoo or conditioner was not fully rinsed off. In order to help prevent hair line breakouts its always best to wash your face AFTER washing your hair.

Washing your face in cold water
- Yes cold water can wake you up but it will not open your pores which is important when washing your face because it allows for proper exfoliation. It is best to wash your face using warm (not hot) water.

So there you have it! A few tips that can give you better results when washing your face.

If you have any questions you can leave them in the comment section and I will be happy to answer

65 comments:

sherri lynn said...

Good to know! I don't think I leave my cleanser on long enough so I'll have to make sure to do that. What facial cleanser(s) do you use??

gratefulmama said...

I LOVE your tips!!

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

I also read recently that occasionally NOT washing your face before bed (just removing make up) is good for the skin. What do you think? True or false?

amy b.s. said...

i'd never thought about the shampoo and conditioner tip. i don't have this problem, but it's a great tip to remember!

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

thanks for the awesome tips!!!!

Tales of a young mamma said...

Great tips!! I've definitely always heard washing your face with cold water was better? But good to know it actually isnt!

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said...

Thank you, as always, for the skin tips! Oh, and I started the unfiltered apple cider vinegar regimen. Going well so far although I haven't convinced my husband it's good for him, yet.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Sherri-I have a few that I really like such Origins Checks and Balances, The Wonderbar, Bliss purifying cleanser and a cleanser by a professional line called Skin Fitness.

Jamie- Yes sometimes its great to let your skin replenish its natural oils but I would choose not washing in the morning over the night..just splash with water or toner in the morning.

Rachel said...

These tips are really useful so thank you! I'm a sucker for pleasantly scented products but will remember to steer clear x

Camylla Leonardi said...

Thank You for the tips!! their very useful!

Lots of Love,
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Sheila said...

Thank you for sharing. I have a habit of rinsing with cold water which causes my large pores to become larger.

Jenna Lee said...

I always was my face at the end of the shower...just for that reason. I do wash with warm water but is it good to end with a burst of cold to close your pores?

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

I never thought about washing my face AFTER my hair! Thanks for the great tips!

www.StarHughes.com said...

So good to know about washing my face with warm water! I normally use cold water all summer when it's so hot out but never realized it's not actually exfoliating my skin!

Jackie said...

Thanks for the tips, I use the Clean and Clear pomegranate cleanser and I wash my face while I shower, so just once a day.

Christina said...

Great tips! Thank you so much!
xoxo

Danielle said...

Don't know if I can handle washing my face in cold water, but I'm definitely going to try it! Thanks for the tips!

Mongs said...

wonderful advice for washing face, didn't know I have to leave the facial wash for 30-45 secs. And wash my face after washing my hair, that's the best advice ever!

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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Jenna- of course you can do that :) I always do a little splash of cold water for that extra boost in the morning

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Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Should I add not washing my face to the list? haha :) Great tips, I love learning something new each week!

Maggie said...

I didn't realize that you need to leave your cleanser on for 30-45s. thank you for the tip! I'm now one step closer to beautifully looking skin:)

Sunshinemeg said...

Just stumbled across your blog and love it! Too cute! I love your tips. Thanks for sharing. New follower and just wanted to say hi = )

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

I know I have not been leaving my cleanser on long enough so thanks for the reminder! I also had heard before that when you dry your face after washing you just blot not rub with the towel? Any truth to that?

Daisy said...

These are so good to know! Thank you.

Andrea @ Strawberry Chic said...

I'm loving these tips, especially since I have had some recent break-out issues! I don't think I have been leaving my face wash on for long enough...maybe that will help a little!

By the way, I dont know if you saw my response comment...but yes I did dye my hair darker (although that pic. was a few weeks ago and it is already much lighter then I like!)

Megan and Justin said...

this is seriously awesome! thanks!

le sorelle said...

Ooh I never thought about the cold water face washing before! I'll definitely try warm water from now on! :)

-j
sorelle in style

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Jennifer- yes blotting is the correct way to dry

thenodramamomma said...

Good to know. I never thought about how long to leave the soap on before. I try to get the job done as quickly as possible, but now I'll try to slow down. Thanks for the tips!

Cat said...

Always adore your skincare tips! I have been giving my argon oil a go once a day and so far, so good :) Thanks girl!

❤ Cat brideblu

Meg {henninglove} said...

thanks for the tips Lindsay! they are always great reminders, we definitely have to take great care of our skin, we need it!

Marie Photographie said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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Heather @ REOlistic Renovation said...

Great tips! I even started using (gasp) cold cream and I love it. I think the combo of the warm water and leaving it on has been great for my routine!

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

Again, thanks so much for the tip! I always wash my face first before shampooing! I love this series! You should make a tab with all of your tips! They are all fabulous!
Jo-Anna

Lindsay said...

Okay Linds, these are really great tips! I think I was making some of the face washing mistakes, so glad to know so I can fix them. I seriously learn so much from you. Thanks friend!

simplyvonne said...

awesome tips! i always wash my face in warm water :( thanks for sharing!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

I think the way I worded this post may have been a little confusing..to clarify if you are washing your face in warm water you are doing it correctly :)

Emily said...

I'm not into washing my face, but I've read a few other mommy bloggers who love the castor-oil facial cleanse. If you add in a couple drops of high-quality frankincense, it helps all the more because it is a great skin toner.

Anne said...

Hi Lindsay, I'm really enjoying your blog! Could you recommend a budget-friendly cleanser? (I have pretty normal/combination skin) I also often wonder about whether to go with a "conventional" brand cleanser or to go for a more "natural" product, from somewhere like Whole Foods, for example. I'd love to know your thoughts!

Jenna said...

Thanks so much for the tips - I am someone who needs some face washing motivation haha, I never exfoliate or anything, but def need to start!

xoxo
Jenna

a Bug and Bird said...

i love your blog since i'm obsessed with... my face... is there a facial cleanser you'd recommend? i use cetaphil because it doesn't dry my face out causing it to produce more oil and thus acne

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

Another great tip Lindsay. You know, I've never used normal soap on my face as well. Would that be right? I'm having a terrible time with my face (and skin in general) lately. It's a little bit to do with dry winter weather but a lot to do with being perimenopausal, I feel. I'm off to a naturopath tomorrow for a bit of advice.

Anne xx

Kaitlyn said...

Thanks for the tips! Can you suggest a good facial cleanser and moisturizer? I've been looking around but, can't find anything good. That i LOVE.

In our sea of love

Bibi said...

I never realized Shampoo and Conditioner could cause breakouts... it makes sense! Thanks!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Facial cleansers I love and recommend are:

-Bliss-Purifying Cleanser (Acne)
-The Wonderbar (All Skin Types)
-Orgins- Checks and Balance (Oily/combination)
-Josie Maran Argan cleansing oil (All skin types)
-Boscia-Purifying cleansing gel (All skin types)

A Great moisturizer WITH suncreen is Neutrogena oil free moisture with SPF 15.

I also LOVE Josie Maran's Organic Argan Oil as a moisturizer. IT is amazing!! I may do a post on it but it is good for all skin types.

Anne- Its all about whats in the bottle as far as ingredients but I tend to lean more towards the natural preservative free cleansers...I did a post on what ingredients to avoid so you may want to check that out.

Anna said...

I hang out for this weekly post now and you haven't failed to disappoint! I SO don't leave my cleanser on long enough. I rub it on and wash it off within 15 seconds easily. Not anymore. Thanks again Lindsay :)

Anna xo

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Hollie Ann said...

I definitely don't leave my facewash on for 30-45 seconds! Great tips!

Finley said...

A timely post as I just ran out of cleanser (this wonderful smelling organic lavender cream from France) and the spa I purchased it from is gone! I love Fresh Soy Face wash and think I will go back to it.

I was also told (by above spa) that it's best to "push" your moisturizer and cleanser into your face rather than the violent rub. Gently pushing it into your skin penetrates better and doesn't pull. What do you think about this?

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Ashleigh said...

im a new follower--- thanks for the amazing tips!!!

Collins @ Life. Mostly Sweet. said...

If I dont have perfect skin soon now that I have found your blog then I have nobody but myself to blame! Of course, you would not be impressed with my hygiene right now while I am recovering from surgery. My face is an oily, bumpy mess!

Gaby said...

Thanks for this! I've never thought of the shampoo thing before, you are just full of useful tips!

{The Perfect Palette} said...

Such a helpful post! LOVING your tips!

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

sherri lynn said...

I just went back through to read all the comments and questions you answered to learn a little more. Thanks for taking time to answer all of them! And thanks for giving us the list of cleansers you like!

blacksandbrights said...

linds your blog keeps getting better and better - always washed my face in the shower somewhere in between or during shampoo and conditioner - guess i must stop it haha

thanks for the great tips xx

Heather said...

Thank you so much for this!! I've got acne for the fist time in my life (the joy of pregnancy) and am at a complete loss on the "right" way to do it, especially the warm or cold water thing. So thanks for clearing that up. ;)

Mallory said...

Awesome thank you for this!!

sarah said...

these are really great tips!! thanks for sharing & thanks for visiting my blog too! have a blessed day! :)

Kathryn said...

I seem to remember reading somewhere to wash your face with warm water to open up/cleanse your pores, but to then splash it with cold water to close them. I've been trying it and it seems to work for me.

Neat tips!

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Rachael said...

Thank you, my personal enlightener! This was very helpful and highlighted some no-nos on my part. I'm excited to change up my regimen and see results!

Mary Lane said...

These are great tips! I'm definitely guilty of most of these mistakes... time to get some new habits I guess!

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Susie Q said...

I use the oil cleansing method for my face. I sometimes use rose water for a toner and coconut oil or argan oil for moisturizer.

Just found your blog...love it.

Skin Care Reviews said...

True, excessive cleaning or washing your face can cause further damage to your skin. And if you're using the wrong soap, your skin can turn dry. Thank you for the informative skin care reviews Delighted Momma!

ksmith said...

Thank you for this.:)

Anonymous said...

Actually, it's good to rinse your face with cold water. First, you should use warm water to wash your face. After using warm water to rinse off cleanser, you should switch to cold water. the warm water first opens your pores, the cleanser take the dirt away, then the cold water closes and tighten your pores. The cold water acts as a toner of some sort.

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