When it gets to the ideal water temperature for washing your face, there can be a great deal of debate between different groups of people. Some swear by using hot water to deep cleanse, some enjoy the sudden cold when washing their face with cold water, and some prefer to use lukewarm or temperature water ambient and use goat milk products.
But how do different water temperatures affect your skin, according to dermatologists? Let’s have a closer look at how your skin responds to cold, mild temperatures, and heat when utilized for bathing and washing.
HOW WATER TEMPERATURE AFFECTS YOUR SKIN
When you use cold water to wash your face, this refreshing and revealing temperature can provide a few benefits. Cold water can promote increased blood circulation and can help reduce puffiness and minor swelling around the eyes and cheeks.
Cold water can also help minimize the appearance of your pores, as they contract and tighten temporarily. Nevertheless, this may also have a disadvantage as it will end up tricking dirt and other scums into the holes which may lead to blockage and acne breakouts. To work around this problem, wash your face with lukewarm water, then rinse it with cold water.
While quick hot showers can be a great way to relax your body before bed, and can even help muscle strains and sports injuries heal faster, most dermatologists will agree that regular use of hot water to wash your face can do more harm than good.
With hot water, the benefits can include relieving stress and relaxing your muscles, but water at this high temperature can damage the appearance of your skin. Washing your face with hot water can provide instant comfort due to increased blood flow, but will eventually strip your skin’s surface of natural oils, resulting in dryness and a rough texture.
WHAT IS THE BEST WATER TEMPERATURE: COLD, HOT, OR WARM?
Hot water and cold water have a few advantages, but also have several disadvantages. For this reason, your best bet would be to wash your face with lukewarm water. This will give you the benefits of a warm water wash, without excessive dryness or minor surface burning.
Warm water also adds mild cooling benefits to help shrink pores and tighten skin, while helping to reduce puffiness around the eyes and cheekbones. You’ll be able to get a nice lather from your favorite soap or cleanser with warm water while getting a deep rinse that leaves your skin feeling refreshed.
WHICH CLEANER TO USE WITH WARM WATER
Now that we’ve figured out what temperature is the best option for washing your face, let’s take a look at some of the cleansers that work great with warm water. One of our favorites is the VITAL C Hydrating Facial Cleanser because of its creamy, lightweight feel on the skin. It also includes vitamins E and C, as well as refreshing your senses with the energizing aroma of citrus fruits.
Another great cleanser to use with warm water would be the ILUMA Intense Brightening Exfoliating Cleanser with goat milk soap. It lays on your skin as a cream and quickly transforms into an exfoliating foam to provide gentle deep cleansing that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. We love using this cleanser in the morning to start the day!
Another one of our favorites is the face wash. It includes a variety of peptides and herbal extracts to help restore and preserve your youthful-looking skin. It is a lightweight and highly effective cleanser that is free of parabens, artificial fragrances, and synthetic colors. We recommend using this cleanser morning and night to get the best results for your skin.