- Throw in the towel: is air-drying your face better for your skin?
- Is it more hygienic?
- Is it better for our skin?
- And if you don’t want to throw in the towel?
- Tips to share: wipe off excess water from your face
- Why You Should Stop Using a Towel to Dry Your Face
- But you don’t need to wait around for your skin to dry—in fact, what you want is damp, not dry. Here’s how:
- 20 Skincare Mistakes That Are Aging Your Skin, According to Experts
- Dear Daniela: Will Towel Drying My Skin Really Cause Damage?
- Should You Be Using Towels to Dry Your Face?
- Use small face towels — and use them once.
- Alternately, opt for a paper towel to remove excess water.
- Another option: air dry!
- Face cleansed, now what?
- In this article, we will review the following:
- Air drying your face after cleansing
- Why is air drying your skin a bad idea?
- Towel dry your face after cleansing
- Why is rubbing your face with a towel a bad idea?
- The conclusion: Should you let your skin air dry or towel dry?
- Moisturize your face quickly after cleansing
- A couple of other face cleansing tips:
Throw in the towel: is air-drying your face better for your skin?
s there a God? Is cloning ethical? Is the nuclear deterrent infrastructure fit for purpose? These are some of the big questions. Add to that one more: should we be letting our faces “air-dry” after washing?
It is a technique that seems to have garnered many fans online. On Into the Gloss, the beauty website from cult brand Glossier, one acne-prone writer offered air-drying as their hot tip for clearer skin.
How does she do it? “Slowly, weirdly,” and, she adds, “usually while pulling up my pants or vigorously moisturising my body.
” Meanwhile, on Reddit, threads asking users “How do you dry your face?” are answered by those who swear by letting air do the work.
Is it more hygienic?
It’s true that towels can be hotbeds of bacteria.
“Certainly, if you’ve got any areas on your body, any follicle infections, that could then transfer from a towel on to the face,” says Dr Nick Lowe, consultant dermatologist at the Cranley Clinic on Harley Street, “air-drying will reduce that problem.” Or, he says, drying your face and body with separate towels might also be a good idea, as each host different bacteria.
But Dr Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist and author of this year’s The Skincare Bible, is more sceptical: “I don’t know why we suddenly now live in a world where we’re scared of bacteria … I think people forget we actually have bacteria that naturally live on our skin’s surface.” For her, it is more a question of personal hygiene – making sure you are washing your towels regularly, at high temperatures, and “I certainly wouldn’t want to be sharing my towels with anyone else”.
Let the air do the work … Photograph: gyro/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Is it better for our skin?
“100% not,” says Mahto. Although, she concedes, she can’t see any reason it would be bad either – “it just seems a daft, illogical thing to do.
Who’s going to sit around waiting for their face to dry?”Lowe, however, thinks that for those with a tendency towards dry or sensitive skin, “the less rubbing the better”.
Although he is keen to point out that more important is what you use to wash your face – “you should not be using soaps or detergents”. Instead, he says, use a lotion and water to wash the face, or gentler micellar waters, and then leave a residue on the skin to help moisturise.
And if you don’t want to throw in the towel?
The key thing, says Mahto, is that “you should be patting the skin dry rather than dragging the surface – that can irritate it”. On this point, Lowe agrees: “If your skin is wet and you have to get dressed quickly, dab your skin dry gently rather than rubbing it vigorously.”
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Tips to share: wipe off excess water from your face
Hello ladies! Here’s a question for you today: what is your next step when you’re done with cleansing your face and it is dripping with fresh water from the shower head or water tap? Do you wipe off the excess water immediately with a towel or a tissue paper, or do you leave your face to air dry naturally before you start on your next skincare regime?
Audit your routine
Well, if you’re leaving your face to air dry naturally, you may want to change that routine after reading this. I’m not sure why you’re doing it.
Perhaps you’re not even aware that you’re doing that? Perhaps you love the feeling of wet water dripping down your skin? Or perhaps you don’t want to use the towel you wipe your butt with to dry your face? Well, the last one I can completely understand but not wiping the water off immediately from your face is actually worse than wiping with a towel you’ve just used on your butt or your nether regions. Why?
Water does not contain hydrating ingredients
Without any hydrating ingredients to bind moisture to your skin, drying naturally only means the water just evaporates.
Your skin becomes drier and that could be why you may be experiencing some tightness on your skin immediately after cleansing.
If your skin turns oily too quickly after you’ve washed your face, it also means your skin is too dryâ€”you could be using the wrong cleanser, over washing or not giving your skin sufficient hydration.
“Moisturizing your face is something of an art. Always ensure your skin stays damp prior to applying your oil, serum or lotion.
So what’s the best way to deal with this problem? Does it mean that wiping off the excess water from your face will guarantee your skin from traces of dryness? At this stage, let me share with you how I have been handling this water issue, and it is something I’ve been doing for various years since I started using facial oil in my skin care.
Keeping your skin hydrated
Right after cleansing and rinsing my face (with filtered water), I’ll always pat off water from my skin but not wiping off all completely.
While my skin is still damp, I’ll quickly apply my oil or serum, depending on what I use to seal the moisture into my skin. In doing this, the oil or serum prevent the water from evaporating and keep my skin more hydrated.
This is a crucial step of my skincare regime and I’ll not skip this for any reason. As a result of doing this, I noticed that I don’t always need a toner.
If you use a toner
If you do use a toner, then you should just wipe the water from your skin. Apply your toner and don’t leave your toner to dry out too. While your skin is still damp, apply your oil, serum, lotion or moisturizer.
Same for facial mist
This principle applies if you use a face mist too. Always dab dry your face after misting.
Never allow the mist to dry naturally or the water will all evaporate and your skin will feel dry and tight.
In fact, I’ve also stopped using facial mist when I do this step properly daily and found my face to be sufficiently hydrated throughout the day. My skin doesn’t turn out as dry and the oil production has also been reduced.
Share your experience
So tell me about what you do after washing your face. Does this make sense to you or do you go by some other skin care regime?
Why You Should Stop Using a Towel to Dry Your Face
By Tina Cho
February 16, 2017
I use a bath towel after I shower, and I change my hand towel regularly. But when it comes to my face, I never use a towel. Avoiding a towel for the face is common practice among many Korean women. For one thing, the towel you have hanging in the bathroom is often dirty and harboring acne-causing bacteria not visible to the naked eye. But my point isn’t to change towels often. Instead, within three seconds of finishing my double cleanse, I move straight into my skincare regimen, also known as the 3-second moisturizing rule, and avoiding a towel is key to making sure my regimen works to its best potential.From flawless models Lee Hyun Suh to peasants me, an important part of skincare for many Korean women is knowing that your skin absorbs products better when it’s damp. This is because the active ingredients you put on your skin have a better chance of penetrating your skin, and if you’ve invested in skincare, you certainly want to do everything to make sure your products do their job. Also, occlusives, a type of moisturizing ingredient in skincare products, trap more water when you apply them on damp skin. So even if your habit is to use a fresh, clean towel every time, skipping the towel altogether is a better way to keep your skin hydrated.
But you don’t need to wait around for your skin to dry—in fact, what you want is damp, not dry. Here’s how:
When you finish double cleansing, and your face is dripping wet, gently wrap your hands around your cheeks and move up along your jawline to your ears, and then shake off the excess water, this:
It’s easier to do this when your face is still hovering over the sink so the water doesn’t drip down your neck and onto your clothes. When it comes to your neck, which you should also double-cleanse alongside your face, brush your hands from your clavicle up and towards the back of your neck, and then shake off the excess water, this:Now you can stand up and move straight into your first step, either a booster, a toner, or an essence the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence (I’m on my fourth bottle!). If your skin is still dripping and you’re uncomfortable, you can gently pat on the remaining water for about 15-20 seconds before putting on your first product.
The trick when you’re taking off the excess water on your skin is to make sure that all your movements are gentle. Be very careful whenever you run your hands along your face—treat your face you’re handling an egg that might hatch any second. In fact, this is how you should always treat your skin, whether you are double cleansing or applying skincare products.
While I love Korean skincare for effective, innovative products, what I love even more is the skincare philosophy and habits Korean women practice every day. Korean skincare doesn’t have to require a big budget and hundreds of products; what matters is how well you know your skin and what you know about treating it well.
20 Skincare Mistakes That Are Aging Your Skin, According to Experts
You might think all that scrubbing, rinsing, and moisturizing you do every day is keeping your skin healthy, but chances are high some of the face-cleaning habits you've picked up along the way are actually aging your skin instead.
To make sure your complexion stays youthful and wrinkle-free down the road, there are a handful of classic skincare mistakes to watch out for. Whether you're not rinsing off post-workout, using face wipes, or washing with super-hot water, it's time to change your ways.
We talked to dermatologists, estheticians, facialists, and other skincare experts to find out the habits you need to banish to avoid aging your skin.
Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau says skipping a morning face wash can seriously age your face. “The reason it's important to wash your skin in the morning is that while you sleep at night, your skin is in repair mode.
This causes your skin to secrete toxins and sebum (oil),” she writes on her website. All of that build-up isn't doing your skin any good.
To make sure you have a clean slate for the day—and to avoid future wrinkles—wash with a gentle cleanser right when you wake up.
It's bad practice to scrub your face too aggressively, and that definitely applies to exfoliation, too. Rouleau says exfoliating too harshly or too often can lead to wrinkle-causing inflammation. “A major cause of aging is chronic and prolonged inflammation,” she writes.
While gently exfoliating a few nights a week is great for your skin, it's a fine line, because going overboard is only going to make you look older.
“Exfoliating more than you need to can cause damage to the skin and a decrease in the health of the protective skin barrier, as well as early signs of aging, fine lines and dehydration,” says Gretchen Frieling, MD, a triple board-certified dermatopathologist in Boston.
Instead of aggressively rubbing cleanser into your skin to get your face squeaky clean, which can lead to wrinkles, Rouleau explains in an article for Refinery29 that it's important to be as gentle as possible and use the right technique. “Massage it into [your] skin in a circular motion, rinse well when finished, and then give your skin a final swipe with a facial sponge to ensure makeup, dirt, and oil are thoroughly removed,” she writes.
Whether you're in the shower or at the sink, don't ever scrub your face with a washcloth. They have a rough texture, and all that extra exfoliation isn't good for your skin. “It's recommended that you don't exfoliate more than thrice a week, and using a washcloth counts,” says Frieling.
Instead, just use your hands to get the job done. It'll save your complexion and help minimize your laundry pile.
If you thought washcloths were a bad face-washing choice, loofahs are definitely worse. washcloths, Frieling says loofahs act as an exfoliant due to their rough mesh material, and using one too often can cause damage to your skin barrier, leading to premature skin aging.
On top of that, you really shouldn't be using loofahs on your face anyway. “Loofahs are hosts to tons of bacteria that can make their way into your pores when you're exfoliating the surface of the skin,” she says.
You might the feeling of washing your face with bar soap, but it's not very gentle on the skin, and that can speed up the aging process. “Using bar soap can damage the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin.
This can lead to premature wrinkling, larger pores, and cause acne and inflammation,” Frieling says. “Also, bar soap is held in place by binders.
These binders naturally have a higher pH than your skin, causing your skin to enter an alkaline state, which results in dryness. Dryness, in turn, can lead to aging.”
Instead, stick to gentler cleansing options that are made for your sensitive facial skin, not just a quick hand-wash.
Your skincare products might smell good, but any added fragrance could do more harm than good in terms of your complexion.
“Research has shown fragrances in skincare products are among the most common culprits of irritation. This can be true for all skin types, not just sensitive skin,” says Frieling.
“Although the damage from fragrance might not be visible or physically irritating in the moment of application, it can manifest over time.”
One of the worst things you can do for your skin is wash your face with something that contains alcohol, which is “intensely drying when it's used continuously and consistently over time,” Frieling says. Unfortunately, that dryness is a major cause of accelerated aging. Before your next wash, check the ingredients on your go-to cleanser and make sure it doesn't contain the extra-harsh additive.
If you love washing your face with steamy-hot or extra-cold water, stop now: According to plastic surgeon Terry Maffi, MD, a plastic surgeon in Arizona, it's best to stick with a happy medium when it comes to temperature.
“For facial washing, the best water temperature is warm,” he writes on his website. “Cold water doesn't effectively remove the daily grime, and hot water may irritate and dry out your skin.
Warm water helps loosen the dirt, but preserves your skin's natural hydrating oils.”
The cleaner your face, the better, right? While washing your face is a good thing—clearing out irritants, pollutants, dirt, and excess oil—Frieling says you should never overdo it. How much is too much? More than twice a day.
“Over-washing your face can damage the skin's protective system, which then can affect how easily the environment irritates your skin, how efficiently you retain moisture, and—over time—cause you to show early signs of aging,” she says.
While dermatologists say washing your face twice a day is a good rule of thumb, there's one exception: washing your face after you workout. If you don't, all that built-up sweat can irritate your skin, which could eventually lead to wrinkles, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). So make sure you cleanse your face as soon as you can after hitting the gym.
You're not going to have youthful skin if you're using the wrong cleansing product. According to Short Hills Dermatology Consultants, it's best to choose specific options for your exact skin type, whether that's dry, normal, combination, or oily. Always go for something that will get rid of the gunk without drying you out.
Those fancy skincare brushes the Clarisonic may be all the rage, but just make sure you don't do use yours every night. “It can cause skin damage and may lead to premature aging if used too frequently,” Rouleau writes on her website. Unfortunately those bristles aren't as gentle as people think.
When you're washing your face, you have to be careful: Your skin is very delicate, after all. If you're always harshly scrubbing away, you can easily irritate your skin and cause wrinkles to form, according to the AAD. All it takes is a gentle wash to remove pollution, makeup, and other things that collect on your skin throughout the day.
While your face-washing technique is important, how you dry your skin off afterward matters, too. The AAD recommends patting your face dry with a soft towel. Or, better yet, ditch the towel altogether.
“Air drying is a somewhat better way to dry your skin,” Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology in New York City, told Well+Good.
It's a simple way to prevent any irritation, inflammation, and signs of aging.
It's not just harshly drying your face that can lead to wrinkles down the line—it's tugging and pulling at your face when you're cleansing, applying makeup, or removing makeup.
“The area of the face most ly to exhibit signs of aging from pulling or tugging are the eyes because this is where the skin is thinnest,” Frieling says.
“When you apply eyeliner or try to remove makeup, be gentle so you don't cause damage to the collagen and elastin fibers around the eye, which will speed up aging. Always be gentle on the rest of your face as well.”
Face wipes might help you remove makeup, dirt, and oil in seconds, but they're not all good. That repetitive tugging can cause some major problems. “Rubbing can cause low-grade inflammation that, over time, can promote skin pigmentation or even early wrinkling,” dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, told Glamour.
Sure, that tugging and pulling can be a problem, but going to sleep without removing all your makeup is arguably even worse. That negligence might save you time now, but it's only going to cost you in the end.
Skincare expert and facialist Sonya Dakar told Forbes no one should ever go to bed without removing their foundation, concealer, bronzer, and other products, which can cause collagen breakdown and premature aging.
Washing your face in the morning is important to get rid of any oil that builds up while you're sleeping, but washing your face at night is crucial, too.
“If you don't cleanse properly before you go to sleep, all of the build-up from the day— pollution, oil, and sweat—can lead to issues with poor skin texture. You also don't give your skin time to rejuvenate,” Frieling says.
If you're not giving your skin a chance to fully repair itself, it's not going to be able to effectively fight off those wrinkles.
While washing and drying your face correctly are key to reducing future wrinkles, so is what you do right after you're finished. After drying your face, don't wait to apply your moisturizer and sunscreen.
Using it right away will allow it to soak into your skin more effectively, keeping your complexion hydrated and youthful. “Sunscreen and moisturizer are the two most effective anti-aging products,” Kejal Shah, MD, dermatologist at Cooper Clinic Dermatology in Dallas, told NBC News.
“Exposure to UV light speeds up the natural aging process of your skin, causing wrinkles and rough, blotchy uneven pigmentation.”
Dear Daniela: Will Towel Drying My Skin Really Cause Damage?
Is it bad to dry your face with a towel? I saw a headline a few days ago saying that they have loads of bacteria on them and now I’m really grossed out by the idea. Should I air-dry?
This is one of those things that periodically crops up in the news with some sort of biohazard-esque warning attached, when we’re suddenly told that using a blending sponge is akin to rubbing your face in the mud, or that even looking at the pole on the bus is going to give you cholera. “Towels are full of bacteria!” they cry. “Don’t even think about putting your face in a towel, you wanton harlot!” they say.
Personally, I don’t really think it’s a big deal at all, though if you are struggling with active breakouts, you might want to invest in an antimicrobial cloth the ones from Aurelia.
The thing about bacteria is that it really loves to live in warm, damp environments, so providing you lay said towel out to dry properly and not leave it in a ball on the floor (wow, maybe I should just let my mum write this column in future), any lingering nasties shouldn’t live very long.
I decided to ask Dr David Jack, a cosmetic doctor who also has a rather wonderful range of skincare, what his thoughts were on towel-gate. “Personally, I dry my face with a towel,” he began. “It does have to be a clean towel though.
The longer anything is left or reused, the more ly it is to be colonised by bacteria. That being said, it wouldn’t really be harmful bacteria, just dead skin and the normal bacteria we all have. I’m not sure that there have been any studies whatsoever on this or if indeed there would be any point to this.
I don’t think using a towel or air drying has much benefit over the other.”
If you’re still getting grossed out about bacteria, bad news: There are over 1,000 kinds of bacteria in normal skin flora. And they are healthy and good and help your skin maintain its homeostatic balance. “Seriously, it’s very unly to be anything harmful unless you’re using a filthy towel,” added Dr Jack.
The other argument I hear is that drying with a towel 'pulls' at your skin.
I mean, maybe, if you go at it a bear scratching its back on a tree, but over to Dr Jack: “I think the skin probably has enough resilience that it can withstand a little pulling and gentle exfoliation with a towel.
Again there is not – and unly to ever be – any conclusive evidence on this, and it really is a matter of opinion. I personally think it makes zero difference.”
Zero difference. From a doctor’s mouth to your ears.
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Should You Be Using Towels to Dry Your Face?
So, you’ve cleansed your face, and now you’ve got to dry it, so you can get on with the rest of your skincare routine. You reach for your towel because that’s what towels are there for, to dry, and you rub it over your skin, rub-rub-rubbing until your face is fully dry.
Good … right?
The thing about towels, though, is that they’re a magnet for bacteria.
We often keep them in damp environments (our bathrooms), and they tend to retain moisture for long periods of time, after they’ve collected dead skin cells and oils from our faces and bodies.
These towels then hang on our towel racks, collecting dust and dirt — and basically being very hospitable environments for bad bacteria.
Ultimately, the way you dry your face generally isn’t going to have the deepest impact; it is, of course, much more important to use the right cleanser that’s gentle but effective, that will cleanse your face deeply without irritating it or stripping it dry. However, if you have sensitive skin, skin that’s prone to breakouts, or dry skin, thinking about how you dry your skin might be something worth thinking about.
Instead of using a towel that’s been sitting around, collecting bacteria, here are three options you might consider.
Use small face towels — and use them once.
Using a clean towel every time helps limit the amount of bacteria your skin is exposed to.
Look for something that is soft and wicks away water quickly, and keep in mind to blot the excess water away, patting the towel against your skin gently instead of rubbing and, potentially, pulling and tugging at your skin.
You don’t have to blot hard, either, because you don’t need your skin to be thoroughly, completely dry — leaving skin damp actually helps it better absorb the ingredients in your products.
Also, make sure you wash your towels in hot water. Lukewarm or cold water ly won’t kill bacteria as effectively as hot water will.
Alternately, opt for a paper towel to remove excess water.
Purchasing and maintaining a collection of individual face towels might not be the most practical option for you, and towels also need to be laundered.
Towels, no matter how soft, also might be a little too harsh for your sensitive skin, or maybe you just want to keep things simple.
Maybe water ends up everywhere around your sink because it’s too small, so you to wipe down your sink after you cleanse.
Whatever the reason, paper towels can be an option to dry your face after cleansing, and, even when using a paper towel, you should still use the same technique — blot the excess water off your face gently, and leave your skin damp, not thoroughly, completely dried.
And, of course, make sure to opt for recycled paper towels! Seventh Generation is a cost-efficient, recycled paper towel that is easily accessible.
Another option: air dry!
By this, we don’t mean to leave your face wet and dripping as you sit around, waiting for your face to dry. Use your hands to clear excess water from your face, giving yourself a little face massage in the process.
Start by making wide circles on your cheeks with your hands, starting by your lips and pushing upward toward your ears, shaking off excess water with each circle made.
Then, press your thumbs on the underside of your chin, moving them up your jaw to your ear, also shaking away excess water.
Your face should be left damp and feeling refreshed from your brief massage, ready for your skincare routine.
Whatever option you use, go for gentle. And, we said above, don’t dry your face completely because you ideally want your skin to be damp when you apply your products.
Damp skin helps active ingredients penetrate your skin more easily, and it also means that products don’t have to work double-time to moisten skin as they’re absorbed.
Having some dampness on your skin is also great for when you apply your moisturizer because the occlusives will be able to help seal in that extra moisture.
This is not to say that skincare products are ineffective when applied to dry skin, and it’s also not to say that damp skin vs. dry skin is going to be the determining factor in how your skin looks and feels. However, it’s probably fair to say that you’re investing good money and time into your skincare, so why not try to maximize the efficacy of your products?
Also, remember that glass skin — skin that is so clear and poreless that it appears translucent glass — is basically healthy, hydrated skin, so think of drying your skin as simply removing the excess water, so your skin isn’t wet. Leave your skin damp, so it can drink in all the beneficial ingredients from your products — and, ultimately, so your skin can look and feel more hydrated.
Face cleansed, now what?
What is the best way to dry your face after washing it? Should you air dry your face, or use a towel? Find out the pros and cons of each method plus why we recommend moisturizing your skin quickly after cleansing.
In this article, we will review the following:
- Air drying your face VS towel drying after cleansing
- Why we think you should moisturize quickly after cleansing
- Tips for cleansing your skin in the best way
Air drying your face after cleansing
When we talk about air dry, we don’t just want you to wash your face and then walk away, we mean that after rinsing your skin, use your hands to “push” off as much of the excess water into the sink. When you stand back up, pat a towel at your neck under the jawline to stop water from running down your face and into your shirt. A minute or two later your skin will be dry.
Why is air drying your skin a bad idea?
The only way I would think air-drying your face can cause any harm is if you are letting your skin completely air dry for too long after cleansing and before applying a moisturizer. In this case, your skin will possibly get too dry and lose some deeper hydration that you want to retain (keep reading to learn how to fix that).
The right way to air dry your face after cleansing is to wipe the water into the sink and be cautious about letting your skin get too dry.
Towel dry your face after cleansing
If you’re going to use a towel to dry your face, do it gently. Get a clean, lightweight, cotton towel (without a rough surface) and pat your face dry.
Why is rubbing your face with a towel a bad idea?
- If you have acne, rubbing could be spread germs and aggravate the pimples so that they are red and won’t heal well.
- You are also exfoliating your skin when you rub it with a towel, and could potentially be too aggressive and cause damage and irritation.
- Rubbing tugs at the delicate facial skin and can contribute to wrinkles.
The right way to towel dry your face after cleansing is to pat your skin dry, using a soft clean towel.
The conclusion: Should you let your skin air dry or towel dry?
I mentioned the advantages of each way, and I guess you are wondering- what is the best way to dry after cleansing? The truth is, it really depends on you. Some people to towel-dry, while others benefit from air-drying.
As with most things in life, there’s no one correct answer! The important point I would to make is- whatever way you choose to dry your skin after cleansing, please do it right. Be gentle to your skin and keep it from over-drying.
Which leads me to my next point- don’t wait too long after cleansing, before you use a moisturizer. Here’s why:
Moisturize your face quickly after cleansing
I always say that every skincare routine starts with the basics: cleanse – moisturize – SPF. As you advance through your skincare journey, you will add on steps, discover fun things to do occasionally or every night. But I really don’t want anyone to skip Cleanse – Moisturise – SPF.
After cleansing, either towel dry or air dry, or combine both. And here’s the important transition to the next step: while your skin is still slightly damp, apply a moisturizer. Try not to wait over a minute after cleansing before moisturizing.
The moisturizer will prevent the evaporation of more water. When applied in the first minute after cleansing, it is much more effective in keeping your skins hydration.
The timing of your skin-care steps can make a big difference in how effective they are. Waiting too long after cleansing, your skin may lose more hydration then you intend it to. The dry air can “pull” water from on top of your skin but if you wait too long, it can also pull from deeper layers of your skin, which are harder to recover.
Moisturizers often contain both humectant ingredients (which draw water into the skin) and occlusive ingredients (which help seal that hydration into the skin).
On skin that’s too dry, if there’s no moisture from water cleansing left on top of your skin, the humectant ingredients can even draw moisture from deep within the skin, this is lost hydration that is harder to make up for.
So, applying your moisturizer while your skin is still a bit damp from cleansing—not fully wet—helps keep even more of that moisture in.
Skincare tips – Face cleansing
A couple of other face cleansing tips:
- Choose the right cleanser for you – gentle and not too drying.
- 60-sec rule by Nayamka Roberts. I love this! In short- it says that if you are using a cleanser with good ingredients, cleanse (massage) for at least a minute to allow them to work and to allow the cleansing to break the dirt.
- Water temperature is important – cool or lukewarm water will be more beneficial than using hot water on your face.
- Cleanse every night. Never go to bed without removing makeup and cleansing your skin. At least that.
- Remove heavy makeup before cleansing, to enjoy an effective cleanse. Use a gentle makeup remover, avoid wipes (bad for you and the planet)
- Don’t rub/tug your skin – it can spread acne, cause irritation and help wrinkles appear.
- Use a clean towel that’s only for your face.
- Don’t forget to use a moisturizer quickly after cleansing
- Never skip SPF. Just don’t.
I hope you enjoyed this discussion on everything that happens after cleansing, and before moisturizing