Many people believe that you should always wash your skin with hot water, as the heat opens your pores and allows dirt and other impurities to be washed away. However, hot water also robs your skin of moisture and good natural oils.
Washing with warm water for a short period of time can be really beneficial for your skin! So when you wash your face in the morning, after a workout, before bed, or whenever, heat the water to a nice warm temperature. It will be easier on your face, and as an added bonus you won’t have to wait for the water to heat up – you can better your skin and conserve! What more would you want?
Quick Tip: If you have oily skin, washing with cool water every once in a while can actually help slow down your oil production!
The same rule generally applies to your whole body as well. That means that long, hot showers rob your skin of a significant amount of moisture, leaving it dry and depleted. Instead, opt for a warm shower. If you are the type of person who absolutely can’t stand this (don’t worry, I have a few friends who feel the same way!), keep your showers brief and moisturize after every shower with our Coconut Body Oil.
This also means that you should try to avoid hot tubs. The chemicals and chlorine that come along with pools like this are often harsh and can badly irritate your skin. When you take this one step further and add heat, your skin is left damaged and begging for moisture. If you’re at the gym and looking for a way to relax, maybe jump in the sauna. Just make sure you don’t stay in longer than 20 minutes and hop in the shower afterwards to wash off all the toxins and chemicals your body has just sweated out.
Not all heat is bad for your skin, just excessive use of hot water. Heat is actually great for opening up your pores, just in the right time and place! The best ways are through infra red saunas or steam rooms.
If you don’t have access to one of those then you can do one of my favorite tricks and make your own steam tent:
1. Bring a pot of filtered water to a boil and remove from heat.
2. Look over the pot (but be sure not to get too close! about a 16 inches away will do).
3. Place a towel over your head.
4. Relax and breathe in the steam.
5. After about five minutes, remove the towel from your head and wash your face with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser.
You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to help you relax. : )
Making your own steam tent is a great way to get all the benefits of heat without stripping your face of the beneficial oils that keep it glowing bright and beautiful!