In general, you should be washing your face twice per day — morning and night. Washing too much can actually dry your skin out and cause irritation.
We collect an alarming amount of bacteria on our pillowcases, so a quick cleanse in the morning before your moisturizer is important.
- Be gentle. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using your fingertips to cleanse your face and patting dry with a soft towel afterward.
- Wash away sweat. Beal says that you should wash your face after any workout since sweat can clog pores.
- Stay hydrated. Keep your skin hydrated by consuming enough water per day. Health experts recommend eight 8-ounce glasses per day.
- Use products wisely. The ingredients you should look for in a face wash depend entirely on your skin type. Most cleansing products with active ingredients don’t sit on your face long enough to be fully effective. Instead, it is better to use a gentle cleanser on your skin, then use serums and lotions with the active ingredients you need, like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, vitamin C, and others.
Washing your face with cold water increases blood flow
- According to research, this stems from cold exposure sending blood flow to the exposed area.
- In turn, increased blood flow provides the skin with better protection from free radicals, such as pollution, and may give your skin a healthier glow.
Your face may not be as clean
- Since excess oils are not dissolved in cold water, your face will not be as clean as it could be. This can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
- alot of the cleansing ingredients in your skin care products are designed for use with lukewarm water.
Why warm water might be best
“Warm water helps plump which makes your pores appear smaller, while cold water reduces puffiness,” says Beal.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends washing your face in lukewarm water.
It’s the perfect middle ground for all skin types, hot water strips your skin of the protective oils that help hold in moisture.
Another benefit of washing your face with warm water is that it allows for better absorption of your skin care products.
It’s important to decide on a temperature and stick with it. You run the risk of breaking the small capillaries under your skin if you expose your skin to extremes in water temperature, such as switching from hot to cold.
For most skin care needs, though, you should look to using lukewarm water.