There is so much out there about this skincare step that it can be hard to know what to do. How often should you be cleansing? Do I really need to wash my face at night? Can you over cleanse your skin? Am I even doing this right? We dug a little deeper to help answer these questions and give you a few tips on how to cleanse properly.

How Often Should You Be Cleansing?

This is a tough one because there are a lot of conflicting views. Most dermatologists will say twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. This helps remove any makeup, dirt, oil, debris, or sweat that accumulates on the skin during the course of the day, or even at night while you sleep. That being said, it is possible to over-cleanse?

Skin can become irritated or dry if it is stripped of it’s natural moisture. You can try only cleansing at night and see how your skin reacts. Personally, I only cleanse at night and just splash my face with water in the morning because I find that washing my face in the A.M. only leads to redness and dry patches. It’s best to experiment and see what works for you and your skin. We suggest following the twice a day rule, but using a gentler formula (or just plain water) in the morning to avoid any excess stripping or irritation.

Do You Need To Cleanse At Night?

YES! We’ve all done it and it’s so tempting to just crawl into bed after a late night and a few cocktails, but…not washing your face at night can have major repercussions! First, getting makeup stains on your pillows is no fun, but that makeup, which may have been sitting on your face all day, can seriously clog your pores. Mix that with pollution, oil, and sweat, and you’ve got a recipe for breakouts and a super dull complexion.

Also, eye make up that isn’t removed can clog hair follicles causing inflammation and bacteria build up which can turn into painful styes. Yikes! Leaving your makeup on over night can also cause premature aging. In one study, a woman stopped washing her face at night for only a month and experts said that it aged her by 10 years!!! Moral of the story? No matter how tired you are, please just wash your face at night.

Most Common Mistakes:

So aside from the aforementioned, these are the most common mistakes when washing your face:

#1. The water temperature is too high. Water that’s too hot can seriously dehydrate skin by stripping it’s natural oils, leaving it dull and irritated. Make sure to use luke warm water when washing your face.

#2. Using face wash as make up remover. Your face wash may not be enough to remove all of your makeup, especially considering the smudge and water proof formulas out there. Use a makeup remover first, before cleansing, to ensure all makeup traces are gone.

#3. Using only a make up wipe. A cleansing cloth is simply not good enough. While they help remove makeup, they leave behind residue the can clog pores. Make sure to wash your face with cleanser afterwards to ensure skin is properly cleansed.

#4. Using the wrong type of cleanser. What works for one definitely doesn’t work for all. You need to pick a cleanser that’s right for your skin type (sensitive, dry, oily, etc.). Also, take the season into account. You may want a deep cleaning product in the summer, but a more hydrating one in the winter.

#5. Not cleansing thoroughly. Just splashing water on your face with a quick swipe of cleanser may not do the trick. Make sure to wet your face thoroughly, apply a good amount of cleanser, and cover your whole face, gently massaging in circular motions for at least 30 seconds. This will ensure that skin is adequately cleansed and residue is removed.

Happy cleansing!