We can spend oodles of hard-earned cash on the latest skincare products but if you don't have the basics in place, then you aren't getting the bang for your skincare buck.
One of the simplest but most important aspects of your skincare routine involves the temperature of the water that you use on your face. It has a huge effect on the functionality of your skin care.
There is a certain temperature that works for certain beauty rituals. Using water that is too hot or too cold just creates havoc with the biggest organ in our bodies, our skin.
Let's break it down:
- Ice cold:
This is great to dry nails quickly and prevent chipping. After they have air dried for a couple of minutes, dip your nails in ice cold water to speed up the process for touch-dry nails.
Should be used on your face at the end of washing your face. The cool water will reduce redness and is the perfect final step.
- Luke warm:
This is the temperature with which to wash your face and hair (try saying that fast three times). The warm water will loosen sebum and impurities and help to remove the dirt efficiently, and it will also do the same with your hair cuticle. If the water is too hot, it will strip the skin and hair of both good and bad oils and so can leave your skin dry and tight, and your hair more oily.
This is the temperature that I use for shaving. The hot water will soften the hair and enable you to get a smoother result. Just use it sparingly and only when shaving, not for your whole shower.
Try to use these tips a guideline and watch your skin thank you.