Is Towel Drying Your Skin Bad?

There are 2 types of people in this world — the ones that rub their faces dry with a towel and the ones who just let their faces dry on their own after cleansing. If you belong to the former, we may have some bad news for you. Even though drying your face with a towel post-cleanse is just a reflex at this point, it is time to throw in the towel (pun intended) and opt for air-drying instead. Need a little bit of convincing? Here, we give you an inside look at the disadvantages of towel drying your delicate visage and how air drying your skin can save your complexion.


Who Should Definitely Opt For Air-Drying?

If you have sensitive skin, you should certainly air-dry your complexion, so as to avoid further irritation. With all that pulling and tugging as you rub your face dry with a towel, it can exacerbate skin inflammation and even result in unwanted redness. On the other hand, if you have acne-prone skin or rosacea, it would also be highly recommended to skip the towel and let your face dry by itself. As bacteria can easily build up on towels, rubbing your already-irritated skin dry with one can lead to further breakouts.

Additionally, individuals with dry skin should ditch the towel as well. Since the friction that comes with towel drying can cause micro-tears in the delicate layers of the skin, it can be especially bad for dry and dehydrated skin. Besides, rubbing your skin dry with a harsh towel can also strip it of its natural oils, which can dry out the skin further and weaken its protective barriers. So, read a book, style your hair, or catch up on your favourite TV show as you air dry your skin – it shouldn’t take you any more than 2 minutes. Easy and fuss-free.


For Hygiene’s Sake

Towels can be teeming with bacteria, especially so if you do not regularly change your bath towels. According to professionals, bath towels that are being used once daily to dry off after a quick shower can be used up to 3 times before tossing it in the laundry bin. Most people overlook this fact and continue using their bath towels for weeks on end, and some individuals even change their towels once every month. That said, you might want to change your bath towels on a regular basis or have separate towels for your face and body.

Additionally, you should avoid putting it anywhere near your face too. Especially for individuals who are struggling with troubled skin, it is essential to rub your face dry with a towel so as to prevent any unwanted breakouts. You certainly do not want a transferral of bacteria from your towel to your face. On the other hand, you could also consider getting an antimicrobial cloth to pat your face dry after cleansing it if air drying is not your thing.


Give Your Skincare Products A Hand

Although you might have the habit of switching out your bath towels regularly, it would still be best to give air drying a shot. Since air drying your complexion does not compromise on the moisture levels of your skin, it provides an ideal and slightly damp canvas for your skincare products to work their magic on your visage. When your skin is moist, it is more receptive to the nutrients within your skincare products, which enables the active ingredients to better penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Towel drying your skin will completely dry it out and make it much harder for the skin-boosting formulas to be absorbed into your epidermis.

After cleansing your face, dry off your hands first before wiping away the water droplets from your skin. Finally, pat in any excess water until your skin feels moist and supple. If so, it is ready for skincare application!


Protect Your Skin

While it is common to dry your face with a towel right after cleansing, it is high time to switch things up in your skincare routine. Apply the theory of treating your eye area with caution to the rest of your face as it is equally delicate and susceptible to micro-tears within its layers, if not properly taken care of. Towel drying can tug and pull at the skin, which can ultimately lead to premature signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles too. Rubbing your face with a towel on a daily basis can definitely be detrimental to your skin in the long run, so why not ditch using one and opt for air drying instead?

Since air drying provides a much better canvas for your skincare products to glide on smoothly and penetrate deeper into your pores, the pros truly outweigh the cons in skipping the towel. To top it all off, you might want to give your complexion a little extra TLC by nourishing it with some hydrating serum or antioxidant-rich facial oil to give it a well-deserved treat after years of using harsh towels on it.