Hold Up: Is Air-Drying Your Face The Secret To Clearer Skin?
While everyone in the locker room post-workout clamors for the blow dryers, I walk out scot-free with my wet strands because I’m an avid hair air-dryer. I stan air drying because a) it’s fast and, well, ultimately ideal for those who are lazy with their hair (like moi), and b) it lets your natural hair texture come through. And I just learned of another way to incorporate air drying into my beauty routine: post-cleansing.
“Actually, air drying is a somewhat better way to dry your skin,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology… but notes that there are a few caveats to that statement. She explains that aggressively rubbing your face with a towel can cause irritation and inflammation, which won’t happen if you’re air drying, but if you tend to take more of a “soft and gentle” patting approach to towel drying your face with a towel, “it’s not remotely dangerous or irritating.” So basically, you can totally opt for an air dry if you want—but it’s not a total “must do” in the quest for clearer skin. As long as your towels aren’t filthy dirty, that is.
Source: Well+Good – Hold Up: Is Air-Drying Your Face The Secret To Clearer Skin? By, Rachel Lapidos