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You probably think that the toilet is the most contaminated part of your house. But that's not it. Towels are the most significant focus of bacteria in your home and may even cause damage when used for drying the face, even if it is an everyday habit.
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- See some reasons to stop drying your face with a towel:
- Why shouldn't you rub your face with a towel?
- Is air drying your face better than using a towel?
- Is it better to wash your face with your hands or a towel?
- How do you dry your face without a towel?
- Why does my skin look better when I don't wash it?
If your skin is sensitive, towels aren't the best option to dry your face.
Using the same towel to dry your body and face can damage your skin more than you think.
Your skin ages faster.
As we said before, fluffy bath towels are too rough on the face depending on the material used.
Your skin gets oily.
It seems counterintuitive, but drying your skin makes it oilier.
Now that you know why it is not a good idea to use towels to dry your face, watch the video to learn how to dry your face properly!
Now tell us, do you use towels to dry your face? Try letting your skin air-dry and share your opinion with us.
Washing your face is an essential part of your skincare routine. But using a towel to dry it can damage your skin more than you think. From irritation to acne, here are some reasons you shouldn't use towels to dry your face. Try letting your skin air-dry and share your opinion with us.
Why shouldn't you rub your face with a towel?
Many of us rub too vigorously when drying off with a towel. On our bodies, constant friction and abrasion can strip away essential oils, causing irritation and dryness; on our faces, continuous tugging and pulling can cause sagging.
"Certainly, if you have any areas on your body, any follicle infections, that could then transfer from a towel onto the face," says Dr. Nick Lowe, consultant dermatologist at the Cranley Clinic on Harley Street. Alternatively, he suggests drying your face and body with separate towels.
Is it better to wash your face with your hands or a towel?
Using a clean, soft washcloth to clean your face is effective, but unless you use a new one every day, Dr. Green recommends using your hands to scrub. Dr. Gohara also recommends changing the towel you use to dry your face every couple of days to keep bacteria at bay.
How do you dry your face without a towel?
Instead, here's what you should be doing.
- After gently splashing your face with water, swipe your hand across your cheeks and neck to remove excess water.
- Gently pat your skin with your hands to slightly dry your face.
- Apply the product to damp skin as the next step in your skincare routine.
Why does my skin look better when I don't wash it?
You might be using products that aren't necessary. "Some people may simply be genetically predisposed to breakouts or produce less [oil]," explains Batra. Ditching your cleanser may make your skin look better if this describes you.