March 15, 2019
Do you wash your face in the shower?
We are all guilty of doing it, but, turns out, it is not good for your skin. It is an unmatched feeling when, at the end of the day, you let your hair loose and let the exhuastion from your face slip away with the drizzle of the shower. But, there are some good reasons you need to stop doing that. Read on to find out!
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A hot shower is tempting and you canât get enough of it after a tiring day. But, your skin does not love it. Hot water is not good for your skin because it strips away its natural oils. Since your facial skin is more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body, it certainly does not love the hot water you shower with. There are several reasons for this.
warm temperature can irritate your skin (1). Typically, when you take a shower, the water is warm enough for your skin to start losing its natural lipids. The hot water also strips away its natural oils, which then leads to moisture loss, dryness, irritation, and inflammation.
Hot water can also dilate the capillaries and blood vessels right beneath your skin. This can turn your skin red. If you have rosacea (a skin condition characterized by redness and visible blood vessels), it can aggravate the condition further and cause broken or permanently dilated blood vessels.
When you are in the shower, you tend to expose your skin to water for an extended period. This causes it to become excessively dry. Your body skin can still handle it to a certain extent, but the skin on your face cannot as it loses moisture faster.
Now, the question is, why take the extra trouble to wash your face separately in the sink?
The sink, of course! I know most of you are comfortable washing your face under the shower, and doing it in the sink seems like extra effort. But this extra effort will make all the difference to your skin.
when you wash your face in the sink, you have the scope to gauge the water temperature and adjust it according to your skinâs tolerance level. This prevents your skin from becoming extra sensitive and red. Under the shower, you donât have the oppportunity to do this as the water directly hits your face and upper body first. And before you realize it, itâs too late.
tepid water is the best for your facial skin, and it is easily available in the sink. Moreover, finishing your face washing routine with a splash of cold water does wonders for your skin. It boosts blood flow throughout your face and gives you a healthy glow. Splashing your face with cold water is way easier in the sink than under the shower.
Lastly, when you wash your face in the sink, you can gently massage your skin with the face wash, scrub, or cleanser that you are using. This helps in thorough and deep cleansing and opens up the clogged skin pores.
Still wondering if there is any way to wash your face in the shower without harming it? Well, if you are too lazy (like me!) to wash your face separately in the sink, hereâs a way to do it properly in the shower without irritating your skin.
Itâs simple: you need to layer your skin with a protective barrier before getting under the shower. Follow these steps to protect your skin under the shower:
Once you have taken a shower, you may use a gentle cleanser to clean your face and pat it dry with a soft towel. Donât forget to follow it up with a moisturizer!
Itâs quite clear that washing your face in the sink is better than in the shower. Try it out yourself, and let us know about your experience in the comments section below.