Which is better, hot or cold water to clean my face?
There are a lot of tips, myths and in-depth routines available to guide you on how to wash your face. Let’s have a look at the first step involved, hot or cold water? If we use cold water on our face it is causing the blood vessels to constrict and bring the blood flow away from the surface of the skin to protect the body from getting cold. You will notice that your skin will tighten, so people with larger pores may notice them to shrink, but this will only last until the cold insult wears off. If you have oily skin you may find that the cold water is unable to help shift that excess oil built up on your skin.
If we apply hot water to our face then we are causing the blood vessels to dilate as the body attempts to cool the skin to protect the body from getting too hot. In people who are prone to vascular conditions such as rosacea, then they would be at risk of the blood vessels rupturing. If you are prone to dry skin you may find that using extremely hot water will strip your skin of any valuable oils that are needed.
It’s safe to say that extreme temperatures exposed on the skin not only stress the skin but impair the role and function of the skin.
So what is the best – hot or cold water? Well neither, you should aim for luke warm water. The body naturally tries to maintain its temperature from 35.5ºC – 37.5ºC and will respond to maintain this. So if you are lucky enough to have temperature control on your water aim for that, otherwise just tepid, luke warm water from the tap is fine. Anything above or below that will be asking for a change in your skin. Having a change in your skin is ok as long as it is to promote healthy functioning skin.
For those like me who aim for the quickest routine possible, warm water in the shower, saves precious time towards that cup of coffee or tea to start the day.