I personally never liked the feeling of cold water on my face, I don’t think many of us really even do, but there are many benefits to cold and lukewarm water so make sure to pick what you love and know what they can do for your skin.
Let’s go over the differences between the temperatures and which one might work best.
Cold water affects the skin in many positive ways. It increases blood flow and helps in reducing the appearance of pores and depuffing the face. It can be beneficial for dry or acne prone skin. When you wash with hot water it actually strips the oils on your face which in turn will trigger your skin into producing more oils but cold water will do a better job in actually regulating those oils.
Cold water is also great for people with rosacea as hot water causes blood vessels to dilate more which will make the skin appear redder.
The only downside from using cold water is that your face may not be as clean since excess oils are not dissolved in cold water which can in turn lead to clogged pores and breakouts. A lot of the ingredients in your skin care products are designed to be used with lukewarm water.
Warm water might actually be the best! Lukewarm water is the most recommended for your face as it helps plump the skin, makes your pores seem smaller and it also allows for better absorption of you skin care products.
So, what’s the best option? The most important thing is to decide on a temperature and stick with it because exposing your skin and switching from hot to cold runs you the risk of breaking the small capillaries under your skin so just choose what temperature is best for you and make that the skincare routine that you stick with.