Not washing your face is bad, but overwashing *might just* be worse. Here’s why you should reconsider double cleansing for the sake of your skin.

We all know that washing your face twice a day is important. This is how we remove makeup as well as pollutants and grime that have accumulated on the skin’s surface throughout the day. But overwashing it can be just as damaging as not doing it at all!

And there are good reasons for that.

Handle with care

Washing your face is important.

But it is possible to go overboard. Many modern routines, such as the popular Korean Beauty method, advise followers to do a double cleanse to ensure the skin is squeaky clean.

While this can be effective at removing all traces of makeup at the end of the day, it’s not necessarily good for the long-term health of your skin. Overwashing your face can strip the skin of the oils necessary to keep it healthy and moisturized. It can also disrupt your skin barrier, and lead to a range of concerns.

Overwashing doesn’t only apply to lengthy routines with multiple cleansing sessions. This team can also be used when someone is using a cleanser that is too harsh for their skin type, which has the same effect.

Many people who overwash are doing so because their skin is oily or they believe it will clear up acne. In fact, this could exacerbate the problem. When skin is stripped, it can start to become oilier more quickly to overcompensate for what it’s lost. And this can be counterproductive in the quest for clear skin.

Are you overwashing your skin? Here’s how to tell:

  • Your skin feels tight
  • You experience more breakouts
  • Your skin becomes red and sensitive
  • Your skin becomes oilier more quickly

The correct way to cleanse

If you are guilty of overwashing your face, how can you do better? Follow these five steps for the correct way to cleanse for a happy, healthy complexion.

  1. Only wash your face twice per day – once in the morning and once at night. If you have the right cleanser formula, once should be enough to do the job.
  2. Choose a face wash suited to your skin type. Ones that add moisture, such as cream cleansers, are great for dry skin. Light foam cleansers are effective for oily skin types.
  3. Massage your cleanser into your skin for 60 seconds before washing it off. This allows it to break down buildup and for any active ingredients to work.
  4. When rinsing your face, do so with cool or lukewarm water. Hot water can be damaging and strips the natural oils in the same way harsh cleansers do.
  5. Pat your face dry rather than rubbing it vigorously with a towel. Also, keep your facial towels clean to avoid the buildup – and transfer – of bacteria.