Hot vs. Cold: What's the best temperature for washing your face?

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If you're a skincare fanatic like us, you may already have your routine all figured out. However, you may still have some unanswered questions, such as whether there's a big difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens, or when is the best time to introduce retinol to your skincare regime. Something as simple as how to wash your face can also raise lots of eyebrows, including whether you should be using cold or hot water to cleanse your face. 


When you choose to wash your face, the temperature of the water can make a significant difference. Read on to find out how water temperature can impact your skin, and learn more about the best facial cleanser to include in your skincare routine. 

Let's face it (pun intended!), washing your face is pretty much a daily ritual. But when it comes to water temperature, the debate is hotter than the sun. So, do you turn up the heat, go ice-cold, or find the perfect lukewarm balance? Today, we're delving into the science behind facial wash temperature to help you achieve that coveted healthy glow.

Hot water: Not your skin's BFF


Sure, it feels like pure luxury, but hot water is like an over-enthusiastic houseguest - it strips your skin of its natural oils and upsets its delicate balance. This can lead to dryness, irritation, and even increased oil production (oily skin, we see you!). Think of it as zapping your skin's moisture barrier, leaving it vulnerable to environmental aggressors.

Regardless of your skin type, avoiding using hot water for cleansing is a good idea, but it's particularly important for dry and oily skin types to pay attention to the temperature of the water they're using. For dry skin, hot water will dehydrate it even more, while oily skin can react to being stripped of its natural oils by producing even more oil - making you look overly shiny, or worse, clogging your pores and causing an unwanted breakout.


Cold water: A refreshing dip, but keep it short


Cold water, like a refreshing morning dip, awakens your senses and tightens your pores. This can help minimize the appearance of puffiness and tighten the look of your skin. In other words - bonjour, instant glow! 

Cold water is a better choice for your skin than hot water, and there are several benefits to going cooler, like:
  1. Less puffiness

Cold water helps tighten your skin's blood vessels, reducing the appearance of puffiness. 


  1. Minimizes redness

After exfoliating or using active ingredients, washing your face with cold water can also soothe any redness or irritation that may appear. 


  1. Soothes your skin

Chilled water can also be soothing for certain skin conditions, such as rosacea or acne.


However, remember, just like an icy dip, you shouldn't stay in it for too long. Cold water can also restrict blood flow, which can temporarily reduce the supply of nutrients to your skin cells. A quick dip at the end of your cleansing session is great, but avoid extended icy encounters.



In the end, lukewarm water reigns supreme


Ah, lukewarm water. Not too hot, not too cold, it's just right for Goldilocks – and your face. It effectively removes dirt, oil, and impurities without stripping your skin's natural oils. Think of it as a gentle nudge that wakes up your skin without being harsh. Plus, it helps your cleanser work its magic by opening your pores slightly, allowing it to penetrate deeper and cleanse more effectively.

Master the Art of the perfect face wash


Now that we've settled the temperature, let's talk technique. Here's how to make your face wash a symphony of skincare goodness:
  1. It is important to remember to wash your hands before touching your face. Take at least 2 minutes to thoroughly wash each hand. Our hands come into contact with many microbes throughout the day, making them a sensitive area of our body. Prior to washing your face, be sure to give your hands a thorough wash to minimize the transfer of germs.


  1. Cleanse twice a day, but no more. Washing your face is essential, but overdoing it can strip away vital oils and mess with your skin's protective barrier, setting the stage for various issues.  


  1. Use a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type. Oily, dry, sensitive – there's a cleanser out there for you and it’s called Face Reset! Crafted with a soft gel formula, this cleanser is infused with moisturizers and naturally derived ingredients, providing a nourishing cleanse. 


  1. Apply cleanser to damp skin and massage gently in circular motions. Think of it as a mini facial, not a vigorous scrub.


  1. Rinse with lukewarm water (remember, Goldilocks!), and pat your face dry with a soft towel, no rubbing.


#JessBeautyTip: Apply your cleanser to both your face and neck. The neck plays a crucial role in supporting the skin on your face, helping to maintain its firmness and beauty. Splashing cold water at the end of your cleanse can also be a refreshing way to tighten pores and boost circulation. Just keep it brief!

So, now you know. It’s best to ditch the scorching showers and icy plunges. When it comes to washing your face, lukewarm water is your golden ticket to healthy, happy skin. Remember, consistency is key, so make this gentle ritual a part of your daily routine with Jess Beauty’s gentle skincare products and watch your skin glow!

P.S. Don't forget to follow up with a moisturizer suitable for your skin type to lock in that hydration and keep your complexion radiant. Our Post Workout Gel Mask provides extended moisture and nutrition to prevent skin dehydration, making your skin look firmer, shinier ,and clearer than ever.
Happy cleansing!

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