5 ways you might be washing your face wrongly

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We’ve recently recommended regular exfoliation for clear skin and looked at anti-ageing do’s and don’ts in your 20s.

Knowing the right skincare ingredients to tackle acne will also go a long way towards using the right products for your skin type.

But have you ever thought about how you’ve been cleansing your face?

Washing your face seems like the simplest part of any skincare routine, but it’s also one of the most important steps. Cleansing your skin properly is at the core of healthy skin. After all, how can you expect serums, treatments and masks to work its magic through skin that isn’t clean?

Before your next lather and rinse, make sure you’re not practising any of the common mistakes below.


Not using the right cleanser for your skin type

Regardless of your skin type, it’s important to note that your skin should not feel tight or dry after cleansing. The right cleanser should leave your skin feeling soft, calm and clean.

Foaming cleansers are a popular choice for oily and combination skin types who prefer a rich lather to remove light makeup, dirt and oil.

To avoid drying out the skin, look for soap-free formulas like the Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser that lather into a mousse-like foam and leave skin feeling soft and supple. Likewise, the award-winning Ren Rosa Centifolia Foaming Cleanser effectively removes makeup and dirt without stripping the skin of its essential oils.

Gel cleaners are always a good choice for oily and combination skin. A cleanser like the Grown Alchemist Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser has BHA to decongest skin, aloe vera as a calming anti-bacterial, and rosehip to repair damaged tissue.

Cream cleansers like the Dr. Sebagh Rose De Vie Cleanser tend to be richer and more moisturising, making it a suitable choice for dry skin.

Similarly, a balm cleanser like the legendary Eve Lom Cleanser is blended with 4 essential oils and provides instant relief for dry and dehydrated skin. For an almost spa-like experience while washing your face at home, the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm is fortified with Hungarian Moor Mud that purifies and nourishes the skin.


By Terry makeup at KENSapothecary Malaysia

Are you using the right cleanser to remove makeup? (Image: By Terry)

Using a basic cleanser to remove makeup and SPF

To remove heavy makeup, an oil cleanser is often the better choice as it’s able to break down sunscreen, primers and thick foundation.

Popularly known as “double cleansing”, this method starts with an oil cleanser followed with a water-based cleanser.

Oily skin types needn’t be afraid of using oil cleansers — remember that oil attracts oil! 

It’s important to remove barriers in the skin caused by sebum, sunscreen and makeup before cleansing. Since these barriers are often oil-based, an oil cleanser will be able to break through sebum in the pores for a thorough cleanse.

Non-comedogenic and made with natural ingredients, the Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil emulsifies into a light and silky consistency upon water contact and is able to remove waterproof makeup without clogging pores.

Follow up with a gentle water-based cleanser like the Ren Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel to remove any last traces.

Washing too many times in a day

If you have oily skin and have been washing your face morning, midday and night, we urge you to please step away from the sink.

Washing too often is actually counterproductive in dealing with excess sebum and makes the skin produce more oil as a result of thinking that its healthy moisture levels have been stripped.

Instead, look at the role of hydration in your skincare routine and stick to cleansing only twice a day.

Incorporating a facial mist like the Caudalie Grape Water provides hydration throughout the day and helps to soothe the skin barrier and calm inflammation.

Add a hydrating toner to your routine and always apply a moisturiser to seal it all in and plump up the skin.

Using makeup wipes frequently

Makeup wipes should never replace proper cleansing in your skincare routine in the long term.

Often filled with harsh chemicals and high alcohol content, makeup wipes can be dehydrating and irritating while causing unnecessary harsh friction from rubbing on the skin.

It might come in handy if you’re too sick to get out of bed to wash your face, or if you’re travelling, but try to limit usage to only when it’s absolutely necessary.

Micellar cleansers like the award-winning Ren Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water are a better option and suitable for normal to sensitive skin. Formulated with natural ingredients like 100% natural rose extract complex, it’s a refreshing yet gentle cleanser that removes makeup while toning and softening the skin.


Using hot water to wash your face

Love taking hot showers and washing your face at the same time? Think washing with hot water will open up your pores for a deeper cleanse?

These are big no-nos when it comes to cleansing. Not only does it wipe out your anti-ageing skincare efforts, it also causes skin to become dry and lose its suppleness over time.

Stick to washing your face at the sink and keep it lukewarm, even when you’re travelling to colder climates.

It’s the best temperature for skincare results, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Use a multi-tasking cleanser like the Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser to save time. Suitable for all skin types, it offers a deep cleanse that removes makeup, balances the T-zone and rinses off without any residue.


We always recommend a patch test if you’re concerned about introducing new products to your routine. Come by to KENSapothecary stores and try out a product to see how your skin will react.

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