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Should You Wash Your Face Before or After Showering?

Have no fear, we’ve done our fair share of research, and the answer is clear: post-shower is definitely the way to go. Sure, washing your face in the shower saves time, but it can also do more harm than good – like clogging pores with other products (gross) or drying out skin with hot water (ouch).

Read on for all the details on why it’s best to wash, exfoliate, and do a mask after showering.

Should you wash your face in the shower?

It’s tempting to wash your face in the shower while you’re getting the rest of your body clean. Warning: Don’t, it’s actually bad for your skin!

Want to know why? For starters, it’s impossible to wash your hair without having some of the product run down your face, which can lead to clogged pores. Um, no thank you. Then there’s the hot water that feels great on your body but can strip your skin of essentials nutrients, drying it out.

For these reasons, it’s way better to wait until you step out of the shower to wash your face. Right now St. Ives Cleansing Sticks are at the top of our face cleansing list. If you haven’t tried them, they’re basically solid, 100% natural coconut oil sticks that hydrate skin while they cleanse. Talk about a 2-for-1! These travel-ready cleansers come in all of these irresistible ingredient combos like the glow-getting Apricot & Manuka Honey, the skin-detoxing Matcha Green Tea & Ginger, the mega-hydrating Cactus Water & Hibiscus, and the shine-controlling Rose Water & Bamboo.

Should you wash your face with hot or cold water? Ok, so we know that using hot water is a no-no for skin, but did you know cold water can be just as harmful? While really warm water can dry out your face, really cold water can shock it and leave you with a blotchy red complexion.

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