There’s nothing better than enjoying a nice hot shower full of beautiful smelling bubbles and soaps. Now as lovely as that is, lathering up your face is one of the worst things you can do for your complexion. Though it may seem counterintuitive as you wash pretty much everything else in the shower, the reason is surprisingly straightforward.

The Science Behind It All

According to Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, the best way to cleanse your face is by doing the following: “I recommend that my patients wash their faces at the sink [instead of the shower],” she said. “You should use lukewarm to cold water, which is better for delicate faces.”

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When you splash your face with water from the sink, you have far greater control over the temperature. Our facial tissue is somewhat more delicate than skin in other areas of the body, and for that reason it’s better to use cold water to wash your face. Hot water like you might use during a shower could be damaging.

Your Routine

In the morning, run the tap until it reaches a cool to lukewarm temperature. Then use this (and nothing else) to gently cleanse your face. Once you’re done, finish off by splashing your face with freezing water. This is amazing for promoting healthy circulation and adds a rosy glow to the skin. Now pat your face dry with a clean towel and apply a mild cleanser. That’s all you need to do — how easy is that?

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Be sure to repeat this skin care regimen before bed as well, even if you don’t wear makeup. As we go about our day, we expose our face to all manner of toxins, sweat, and natural oils. If we fail to get rid of this gunk, it can lead to breakouts.

What About Makeup Wipes?

Many of us think makeup wipes are good for giving our face a quick wash. Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Makeup wipes can contain a host of face-drying and skin-damaging ingredients.

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On the whole, these wipes are far harsher than clean water, meaning they’re far more likely to irritate our skin. It’s always better to wash your face with cool water.