Have You Ever Thought Of Air Drying Your Face
For the most part, we all have a clear understanding of the importance of cleansing then protecting our skin after washing with moisturizer and SPF. What is less clear is what you should do in between cleansing and moisturizing. If you are like me you dry the remaining water off with a towel but isn’t air-drying an option too?
I have the bad habit of rubbing my face dry so I thought air-drying could be an option. After running into an article on Allure I learned how harmful this could be. “Rubbing can lead to skin irritation and inflammation,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. He recommends using a clean towel and always gently patting. Another benefit to gently patting is that it leaves your skin slightly dewy. This allows your moisturizer to really seal in hydration and helps prevent again dryness and irritation.
Not only that, but the article also mentions how air-drying is not a practical option. Dermatologist Adam Friedman does not recommend air-drying. He says, “Letting your skin air-dry or physically drying will do just that. It desiccates the top layer of the skin, making it rigid, and can prevent proper skin cell turnover, which results in peeling," Air-drying is a no for me, it just takes too long and I don’t have time like that honey. But maybe it is right for you. Whatever you choose just discuss with your dermatologist first.