We are huge advocates for taking your cleansing routine seriously. Washing your face twice a day is one of the easiest ways to achieve skin improvements but if you’re using hot water, you’re actually hurting your skin in more ways than one.
Don’t worry, a slight tweak can save your skin in no time! Here are just a few of the nasty side effects you can expect if you keep washing your face with hot water.
It Irritates Your Skin
The top layers of your skin are where your pores live, and just below the surface is where blood vessels are. These two factors make your facial skin especially delicate and vulnerable to extreme temperatures. When you wash your face with hot water, you may see red blotches of skin which are actually just the blood vessels getting irritated and causing unnecessary redness.
To avoid irritation, lukewarm water is all you need to pair with your cleanser to get a thorough clean and have your face feeling soft and refreshed. Washing with cold water can also have just as bad a reaction to your skin so finding that lukewarm balance is crucial to happy skin.
It Strips Your Natural Oils
Using scorching hot water will no doubt strip your skin of its natural oils and leave you with that dry, stiff feeling in your face. If you’re using a traditional foaming cleanser, expect that dryness to be even worse. Hot water + foaming cleansers is the perfect disaster that will lead to dry patches, flakey skin, and dullness.
Once you’re ready to ditch the hot water, ditch the foam cleanser too and opt for a super hydrating Olive Oil Cleanser which will work well to remove dirt with the warm water, but also re-balance the pH levels in your skin. The result will be a soft, smooth and brightened face even after the first use.
It Can Make You Age Faster
When skin is dry and dehydrated, it becomes a breeding ground for new wrinkles to form and old wrinkles to stand out. The last thing anyone needs is any help to accentuate wrinkles, so stay away from hot water that will dry you out and make you look older.
If you switch to a lukewarm temperature to wash your face, you’ll start to find your wrinkles are less noticeable. You should also be following up your cleansing with a powerful moisturizer and eye serum that doesn’t just hydrate but packs your skin with collagen-producing peptides and proteins. Who knew such a small tweak to your routine could have such a huge impact!