Do you wash your face with warm water?

Washing with warm, and especially hot water, removes natural fats from the skin, which causes it to dry out, weakens its natural protection, and may become more prone to acne.

Apr 28, 2022 - 15:23
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Do you wash your face with warm water?

Foams, oils, lotions, micellar waters ... We care what ingredients they contain and how they affect our skin. It is quite reasonable to worry about whether we will get enough antioxidants or nutrients for the skin and thus we are probably preoccupied more than for the temperature of the water with which we wash our face. And that can be the key to achieving the best results in facial care, because washing with cold water has many positive effects on the skin, especially on dry skin and those prone to acne.

The benefits of cold washing

Washing with warm, and especially hot water removes natural fats from the skin, which causes it to dry out, weakens its natural protection, and may become more prone to acne. In addition, the heat stimulates the dilation of blood vessels, so the skin becomes redder. On the other hand, washing with cold water - although it may seem shocking at first - is great for our skin, as it stimulates blood circulation. Studies have shown that the body sends more blood to the cooled area, and better blood circulation brings more oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Thanks to this, the skin gets a healthy glow, and at the same time better defends itself against the action of free radicals, unstable compounds that can damage the skin and can accelerate its aging. After washing with cold water, the natural protection of the skin will be preserved.

It is also good for nature!

It is no wonder that this cheap and affordable method of washing the face is becoming increasingly attractive to those who advocate natural solutions in care, not only because of the positive effect on the skin but also because of caring for the environment. And cosmetic brands that invest in sustainability, promote cleaning with cold water and with minimal use of water, because it reduces energy consumption, saves money and preserves nature. 

However, rinsing your face with cold water can have drawbacks. Because it compresses the pores, cold water can "capture" bacteria and impurities in them, so dermatologists recommend that after removing makeup, first wash your face with lukewarm water, and then cold to tighten pores and increase blood circulation for a healthy glow.