The Truth About Washing Your Face In The Shower

Maybe you're short on time but still want to get your skincare routine in, or maybe it's because you only remember to wash your face when it's part of your shower routine. Whatever the reason is, washing your face in the shower is a common practice for many. However, there's a debate on whether face cleansing should be done in or out of the shower. Many argue that the hot water of a shower is too damaging for the face and could cause more harm than good. So what is the truth of face cleansing in the shower?

One of the common arguments in this debate is the idea that hot shower water is damaging to your face and can aggravate various skin issues such as rosacea. While this is true and should be taken into account, it's not exactly a valid counterpoint.

Dermatologists at Schweiger Dermatology Group (via Marie Claire) suggest that if your shower water is too hot for your face, then it is also too hot to be used in your shower in general. Your everyday shower water should actually be at a lukewarm temperature in order to not dehydrate your skin and strip it from its moisture and natural oils. 

According to Healthline, most dermatologists would agree that if you decide to go for a hotter shower, make it as quick as possible to prevent overall skin dehydration and breakage. 

Debunking myths around face washing in the shower

In fact, one of the unknown added perks of washing your face during your shower is the spa-like steam that you can get. Steam produced from your shower could help unclog your pores and prep your skin for your entire routine (via Healthline). Think of it as a spa facial but in your own shower.

Of course, none of this really matters unless you are washing up in a proper way. It can be easy to wash your face with the same products that you use on your body; however, that, in fact, is a major red flag. Whether you choose to wash your face in the shower or in the sink, you should be using a gentle cleanser that is not too harsh for your skin while removing all the dirt and bacteria.

If you too decide to go a shower complete with a face wash, make sure to leave it as the last step of your routine. As Marisa Garshick, M.D., suggests (via Well + Good), it can help remove any leftover shampoo or conditioner that may have built up during your shower. It comes down to your personal preference on if you want to wash your face in the shower or not. The shower may be easier for your routine or maybe you like to wash over the sink for a more targeted cleanse. In the end, it's more important how you are washing your face rather than where you are doing it.