By: Grace Gavilanes
Plenty of skincare experts have warned against washing your face in the shower. But is doing so really detrimental to skin health? According to licensed esthetician Dana Murray (@babeandbeauty on Instagram), to wash your face in the shower is to have a spa-level experience. All it takes are a few tweaks to your skincare routine.
“Personally, I think it’s beneficial to wash your face in the shower,” Murray writes on Instagram. “Think of [the shower] as a giant steamer that helps to loosen up dirt, sebum, and makeup in the pores to help clean the skin easier and more efficiently.” Murray may be a fan, but she also stresses in her Instagram post that it’s okay if you don’t agree with her advice. “It really is a personal choice if you choose to or not but know you are not doing any harm if you do,” she adds.
If you’re ready to wash your face in the shower, consider Murray’s tips below.
“I don’t recommend putting your face directly under the hot water while you are doing your other steps,” says Murray, acknowledging that hot water can strip moisture off the skin.
Also, remember to shampoo and condition first before washing your face. This helps to remove any hair products that may have run down your face. “Perform all of your normal steps first, as the steam will soften the sebum in the pores,” she says. “Then turn the water temperature down to lukewarm and wash your face very last.”
If you’re a fan of double-oil cleansing, this tip is for you: “First, apply cleansing oil to your skin outside the shower. Then, jump in and rinse with lukewarm water,” Murray continues. “Don’t go into your second cleanse right away. Let the steam further break down sebum, makeup, and dirt. Finish with water-based cleanser and/or cleansing tool.”