In today’s scenario of stress and busy-ness, taking care of our health and body is very important. And one of the things that we should not compromise on is our skin care regime.

Have you ever paid attention to how you take care of your facial skin? No doubt, it will depend on your skin type and texture, but there are some fundamental rules that you should follow; and one of them is to avoid a facial wash under the hot shower. It is very common yet a damaging practice for the delicate skin of our faces.

So how does the hot water harm your skin and what could be the long-term effects of washing your face under the hot shower? Read further to know more about it.

1. Skin Irritation

The facial skin has a network of very fine blood vessels called capillaries underneath it. Also, there are tiny pores all over your face. These two factors make the skin extremely sensitive to high-temperature fluctuations. So, washing your face under the hot shower can shock your skin, and you may develop some reddish spots or blotches. It can be worse for acne or eczema prone skin as it may lead to severe flare-ups.

2. Removes The Natural Oils

Hot water strips off the balance of natural oils in the skin, making it dry and shriveled. This may also lead to dry cracks in the skin which are an invitation to infections and bacterial activity. Dryness also calls for more moisturizing and therefore, resulting in a more acne prone skin. However, lukewarm water poses no danger to your facial skin.

3. Aging And Wrinkling

The skin produces collagen and sebum (a wax-like substance that moisturizes the skin) that keeps it healthy and glowing. But skin dryness due to hot water can result in slowing down of collagen and sebum production and cause fine lines to appear on your face earlier than expected.

4. Scalding

The pores on your face can be damaged due to the use of hot water. They become larger, more visible and much more sensitive. The appearance of red patches becomes very common and resembles the effect of scalding.

5. Unwanted Chemicals

Though not a direct effect, nevertheless, the shampoos and conditioners that get washed away with hot water can harm the facial skin. These strong chemical soaps and cleansers cause further damage to already open pores. Therefore, it is another reason why we should avoid washing face under the shower.

 

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In today’s scenario of stress and busy-ness, taking care of our health and body is very important. And one of the things that we should not compromise on is our skin care regime. Have you ever paid attention to how you take care of your facial skin? No doubt, it...