Do you towel dry your face? Well, better stop now.
A long time ago, while I was still active in beauty tip threads, I found an interesting topic on air-drying the face that has stuck with me for years. I love a good banter, and this one was all about skin care opinions from hundreds of people all over the world. Well, there was one commenter who basically announced that drying our faces with a towel is stupid behavior. Reason being, towels get wet, and wet objects are easy breeding grounds for bacteria. I wish I could link back to the thread but it’s been long gone, but the idea has been ringing in my head forever. Whenever I dry my face with a towel I remember this, and when I am absolutely consciously avoiding doing it, I notice that my skin improves, believe it or not.
I’m not a scientist but I would say you don’t need my evidence to support this. It is a scientific and realistic truth that when you dry your face with a towel, the towel gets wet. As you keep using the same towel, and it keeps getting wet, bacteria starts to grow, cultivate in it, and spread in this damp new habitat. What kind of bacteria you may ask, I would say all kinds, and you just don’t know what’s on there. Most of them are considered to be harmless, but stuff like Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis can support the growth of acne bacteria.
There’s also the thing where leftover dirt and oil can transfer from the towel to your face and clog pores. Bottom line: dirty wet towels are not your skin’s best friend, or even the worst friend. They’re just not friends.
I would say air-drying is the better solution, because I can confidently say it has helped my skin’s health. It’s only one of those things that contributed to that for sure, but it still makes a difference.
So, how do you dry your face without a towel? Cleanse, rinse your face, and that’s it. Or fan your face if you’re in a hurry. It’s just that simple enough. It usually takes around five minutes for my face to dry which is just enough time to put on light makeup or get dressed. Sometimes I dry my face with a paper towel, but usually I just let the water dry on my face.
What do you think about the air-drying method? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
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