The One Thing We're Doing Wrong in the Shower

Victoria Hoff

We thought our list of common face-washing mistakes was pretty comprehensive, but even we had no idea about this particular no-no: Apparently there's a time and a place for cleansing your complexion, and the shower ain't it. 

Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, tells The Gloss that rather than multitasking while you clean everything else, stick to the sink for an ideal face-scrubbing sesh. "I recommend that my patients wash their faces at the sink. [You can gauge the temperature more effectively] and should use lukewarm to cold water, which is better for delicate faces."

Indeed, as we did note in our list of face-washing rules, temperature is key: While the steamy temps we tend toward in the shower can be damaging to delicate facial skin, lukewarm water is totally fine—and a splash of cold water helps seal pores. 

We're definitely guilty of washing our faces in the shower, but heyif we're willing to try our hand at 10 steps of Korean skincare, then washing our face over the sink is definitely NBD. 

Feeling lazy? One Love Organics' Waterless Beauty Balm ($49) is our favourite way to remove makeup sans H2O in a pinch. 

Do you wash your face in the shower? Are there any tweaks you've made to your cleansing regimen that have made a world of difference for your skin? Sound off in the comments below!

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