Stop Washing Your Face In The Shower

May 16, 2019

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Makes sense that when you shower that you wash every part of your body, including your face.  However there are lots of good reasons why you should not wash your face in the shower, according to a dermatologist.  Here's why. Most people use hotter water while showering than they would if they were just washing their face in the sink. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using only lukewarm water when washing your face, and chances are that your shower temperature is much warmer than that. Extreme temperatures, such as hot water, can cause dilation of blood vessels and breakage of delicate tissue. Further that hot water naturally strips skin of the necessary oil barrier that helps maintain skin integrity. Another reason you should be washing your face in the sink is the water pressure. When you wash your face in the sink, you splash water from your hands or use a washcloth. In the shower, you might stick your face under the spray. That blast can be damaging and although it might seem like a small thing, standing directly under the stream of a pressurized shower head is like using harsh down-dragging motions when applying moisturizer, which in turn can be ageing. Finally the length of your shower can be bad for your face. The American Academy of Dermatology says the ideal shower should be between five and 10 minutes long. But when you add face-washing to your shower tasks that adds to the amount of time you're in the water. The longer you're under there the more likely you are to dry out your skin. Natural moisture factors like ceramides, fatty acids and oils help retain moisture levels in the skin. The problem is that they're water soluble — so if you run your face under the shower for ten minutes, you could literally rinse them away. But if you are in a pinch and need to wash your face in the shower, make sure the water is warm, not hot, keep your face directly out of the spray and use your hands or a gentle washcloth instead and don't linger too long.  

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SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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