You often wash your face when you take a shower with hot water, because it saves you the routine of going to the sink and allows you to clean the impurities from the skin. Beware, this beauty routine is potentially harmful to your face!


Find out why you should never wash your face when you shower. This little ritual has harmful effects on your skin.

Why shouldn't you wash your face in the shower?

This gesture is very practical for you and saves you time, certainly, especially if you are used to applying make-up; this allows you to eliminate in a few minutes the impurities of the pollution and the make-up of the day. However, hot water is not really your best ally for  washing your face  and performing your skin care. Indeed, hot water could alter the skin barrier of your face. In the long term, you may no longer be protected against external aggressions, pollution or even the sun.

– The temperature of the water could damage the skin barrier of your face

Hot water from the shower

Hot water from the shower. Source: spm

Washing your face  in the shower would not be very beneficial for your facial skin. Indeed, Charlotte Cho, expert and founder of the Soko Glam site, explains for the magazine  Femme Actuelle  that, when you take your hot shower and wash your face, you can not only alter the cutaneous barrier of the skin of your face but also destroy the hydrolipidic film of the epidermis. The skin of your face is thus more fragile and more vulnerable and less protected against  bacteria, fungi and external aggressions. Your skin could be less radiant and more fragile over time.

How to wash your face outside the shower?

wash his face

Wash his face. Source: spm

To  wash your face  and perform your facial treatments, it is advisable to use cold water. This will allow you to boost the microcirculation of your face and tighten the pores of your skin.

What is the ideal temperature for taking a shower?

When you take a shower, it is recommended to use water at room temperature. That is to say between 30 and 37 degrees, which corresponds to lukewarm water, so as not to damage the cutaneous barrier of your skin and protect you from external aggressions. Indeed, very hot water does not mix very well with the hydrolipidic film that covers the surface of the epidermis. If you're used to taking really hot showers because you like that warm feeling, you'll need to change up your routine to  keep your skin clear and glowing. Choose cool, temperate water. Indeed, according to Coline Bertrand, pharmacist and co-founder of La Rosée, cold water has benefits for the skin; it tightens pores, reduces sebum secretion, activates blood circulation and decongests the face.

If despite everything you want to continue washing your face in the shower, you can do so by washing the body with hot water and when washing your face, switch the thermostat to warmer or even cold water.