Proper face washing is an important part of any effective skincare routine. However, many people unknowingly make mistakes that can lead to dryness, irritation, or breakouts. At LaserLux Aesthetics, we provide quality hydraFacial and skin care treatment services for local clients. If you're struggling with your skin despite your efforts, it's time to rethink your approach to face washing. Keep reading to learn about the five most common mistakes people make when washing their faces and provide tips on how to avoid them for healthier, glowing skin.


Choosing the Wrong Cleanser

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your skincare routine is using the wrong cleanser for your skin type. A cleanser that’s too harsh can strip your skin of natural oils, which will probably lead to dryness and irritation. A cleanser that’s too gentle may not effectively remove dirt, oil, and makeup, causing clogged pores and breakouts. To find the right cleanser, first determine your skin type. If you have oily skin, look for a foaming or gel-based cleanser that can help control excess oil. For dry or sensitive skin, select a cream or lotion-based cleanser that provides hydration and soothing properties. Combination skin types may benefit from a cleanser that addresses both oily and dry areas. It's also important to pay attention to the ingredients in your cleanser.

Using Water That's Too Cold

Many people believe that using cold water is beneficial for their skin, but this is a common misconception. Washing your face with cold water can constrict blood vessels and make it harder to effectively cleanse your skin. For optimal results, use lukewarm water when washing your face. Lukewarm water helps to open up your pores and makes it easier to remove the dirt and impurities. It also ensures that your cleanser works more effectively. After cleansing, you can splash your face with cool water to help close your pores and refresh your skin.

The Once-a-Day Myth

While it might seem convenient to wash your face just once a day, this practice might actually encourage the accumulation of dirt, oil, and pollutants on your skin, especially if you wear makeup or live in a polluted area. For best results, wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. In the morning, cleansing helps to remove any sweat or oils that have accumulated overnight. At night, cleanse your face to remove makeup, sunscreen, and any impurities your skin has encountered throughout the day. This routine helps to maintain clear and healthy skin, preventing breakouts and other skin issues.

Ingredient Overload

Using products with irritating ingredients can cause redness, dryness, and breakouts. Common irritants include alcohol, fragrances, and harsh chemicals. When selecting skincare products, always check the ingredient list. Avoid products with alcohol, synthetic fragrances, and harsh sulfates. Instead, look for products with soothing and hydrating ingredients such as chamomile, green tea extract, and ceramides. If you have more sensitive skin, try using products labeled as hypoallergenic or designed for sensitive skin to minimize the risk of irritation.


Exfoliating is an important step in maintaining smooth and radiant skin, but doing it too often can cause more harm than good. Over-exfoliation might strip your skin of its natural oils. For most skin types, exfoliating 2-3 times a week is sufficient. If you have sensitive skin, once a week may be enough. Choose a gentle exfoliant with small, round particles to avoid micro-tears in the skin. You can also opt for chemical exfoliants with beta hydroxy acids, which can be less abrasive than physical exfoliants.

Achieve Flawless Skin with Professional Services

Avoiding these common face-washing mistakes can improve the appearance of your skin. If you're ready to take your skincare routine to the next level, schedule a hydraFacial or consultation with LaserLux Aesthetics. Our team can provide personalized advice and skin care treatment services that are customized to your skin's unique needs.

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