Want Clear Skin? You May Be Over Cleansing

Are you over cleansing your skin?

Founder of skincare brand Skin Virtue shares 7 skincare mistakes you’re probably doing.

Sydney cosmetic chemist and skin care specialist Nina Gajic, 44, suffered from problematic skin as a teen – it was so bad her skin would break out in hives if she didn’t use pure water to cleanse it. 

“When I was a teenager, I believed clean skin was clear skin – when people used the term ‘squeaky clean’ – I would assume it meant over-wash my skin. I thought natural oils were bad and were causing my breakouts.

The founder Nina Gajic.

Even a dermatologist once advised me to use a surgical handwash to clean my face to remove bacteria. Can you imagine? That’s like washing your face in hospital-grade hand sanitiser”, Nina explains.

With so much mixed information and advice on how to get clear skin, Nina decided to check into university to study cosmetic science.

After receiving her degree, she founded her new luxury Australian skin care brand, Skin Virtue, designed for sensitive skin, but also suitable for all skin types.

The core foundation of the brand and its specially formulated products is it’s designed to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier.

“Young women just buy makeup to try to cover up skin problems. They really need to focus on their inner health and the health of their skin, and create a good night-time skincare routine before bed,” Nina says.

According to Nina, here are the 7 biggest skin care mistakes you may be making.


Many of us believe we will have squeaky clean skin if we wash our face several times a day.

But over washing weakens your skin’s barrier, leaving it susceptible to irritants and Australia’s harsh climate. Instead, simply rinse your face with lukewarm water in the morning and use a gentle cleanser at night.

The only exception to this rule is if you are experiencing breakouts; then use a gentle cleanser in the morning and night.


How often do you look at the ingredients of your make-up before you buy it? The wrong make-up can block your pores and cause breakouts.

If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, choose products labelled non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic.


We are all guilty of this, especially when we have saved for months for our favourite product.

Expired products can seriously wreak havoc on your skin, causing strange reactions, rashes, irritation and inflammation. Close your eyes and just throw them in the bin.


A good skin care routine means using products which complement each other, not layering many different products on your skin.

Your daily skin care regime only needs four to five steps at the most.


Many of us just apply sunscreen when it’s sunny – but sunscreen should be applied every morning, even it if is wet and rainy outside.

Not using sunscreen leads to premature skin ageing such as wrinkles, discolouration, and cell damage.


We are all guilty of squeezing a pimple or two. But not only can this lead to scarring, it can cause more breakouts as your hands will be covered in unwelcome bacteria.

No matter how tempting, leave that pimple alone.


You need to give your skin care routine 28 days to see the results before you decide it doesn’t work for you.

Results will never show overnight, as you need consistent application. Be patient and you will be rewarded!

Nina Gajic is the founder of Skin Virtue, an Australian range of skincare products designed for people with sensitive skin, but suitable for all skin types. Find out more at skinvirtue.com.au

Stacey Fields


Stacey is a guest contributor for Bondi Beauty, working as a freelance writer. She loves writing about a variety of health and beauty topics and hope to run her own blog one day.

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