Hot, cold or lukewarm: THIS is the right temperature of water to wash your face with!  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Delhi: If you are someone who has skin issues like acne, or if you are someone who just likes to keep their skin clean and healthy, you know the importance of washing your face. You might have also received a lot of advice on how to wash your face, when to wash your face and how often to wash your face. While skin problems can be caused by using harsh soap on the fragile skin of your face, using dirty washcloths to dry the residual water, scrubbing your face too hard or for too long, and other reasons, one thing that you probably pay no attention to is damaging your skin more than you think.
While you read the ingredients of your face wash and cleanser to make sure you pick the one with the least chemicals in it for the naive skin of your face, do you pay attention to which side do you turn your tap to when you are washing your face? Turns out, the temperature of water you use to wash your face has a lot of effect on your skin.
What happens when you use hot water to wash your face?
While splashing hot water on your face in a hot shower, or after a day out in the cold feels very relaxing, it may actually damage your skin more than the short-lived pleasure it gives you. Hot water can mess with the way your skin protects itself and also cause a breakdown of delicate tissue because of dilating blood vessels. The hot water can cause dryness of the skin and also make it flaky. Some experts also say that hot water can cause the onset of wrinkles early in life. The hot water can strip your skin off the natural oil present on it and therefore cause the dryness.
What happens when you use cold water to wash your face?
When you use cold or icy water to wash your face, it does not mean it will tighten your pores. Water too cold can also dry your skin causing dryness, flakiness and also cause acne. Cold water may, however, still be better than hot water to wash your face with. Cool water, not cold, can help contract the blood vessels and is better for your skin’s health.
What temperature of the water should you use to wash your face?
Lukewarm water or slightly cool water is okay to wash your face with. They do not dry the skin out, nor do they open pores for a long time so that dirt and other particles enter your skin. When such particles enter your pores, they can cause skin problems like acne and blackheads. If you use lukewarm water, or water at room temperature to wash your face, the natural oils of your skin will not be washed off. Splashing cold water on your face after washing face with lukewarm water may also help to close the pores. Cool water will also not irritate any rashes or acne that you may have while hot water definitely will and may, in fact, increase redness and irritation.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.