Could Using Towels On Your Face Be Bad For You?

I thought of writing this blog post not long after my, “Microfiber Facial Cloth V Facial Brush” post. It got me thinking about how we all use towels to dry our faces and bodies after washing our faces and bathing.

There’s a lot of concern that the use of towels can promote unhealthy skin as, for the most part we hang our towels to dry in a damp and dark area and the bacteria just love to multiply. Then of course we reuse them, sometimes not always before washing them again now think about putting that on your face now. *Yuck*

There’s also the point that they can definitely be just as abrasive as facial brushes, depending on how you use them of course. We’re all told to, “pat dry our faces” and this of course is the best way to use a towel on any part of our bodies. However not using them at all may help prevent water loss and keep your skin more hydrated. That leaves us with some time to wait and let everything air dry but really you can go onto your skincare routine and apply moisturiser to your body, clean your ears, brush your hair just enjoy the pampering for a little because I think we all tend to rush things in life even if they should be a relaxing moment for us.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your towels and microfiber towels hygienic and as antibacterial as possible.

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Tips For Germ Free Towels

  1. Wash towels regularly as germs and bacteria transfer from our skin to our towels and washcloths as soon as they come into contact with eachother.
  2. Use a Hygiene Laundry Rinse with added antibacterial and anti fungal ingredients during your wash cycles to eliminate germs. Alternatively use an all natural approach by mixing a few drops of the essential oil Tea Tree Oil into laundry detergent.
  3. Hang your towels to dry in a well ventilated area and preferably in the sun as it’s the best bleach anyone can use to kill bacteria.

Now not everyone is going to stop using towels completely and that’s understandable but if you follow the above tips which aren’t all that difficult to remember, you give your skin priority in keeping healthy.

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Remember to love your health!

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Microfiber Can Fix Skin Problems?

It’s soft, plush and works a treat with household cleaning. But did you know these little cloths and towels can be used in your beauty and skincare regimen as well?

Well lets get this straight, not the exact ones you’d use for cleaning your TV and car with! Not all of them have the same plush, velvet like softness (sorry shameless plug right here) as my Microfiber Deluxe Fiber Facial Towels.

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Plenty of us know good old classic Microfiber material. You’ve probably used it a tonne of times yourself. It’s used a lot as an add on to cleaning products and is great for providing streak free glass and a good old scrub and get any grime off your precious LCD screens. I have plenty of them lying around my house for dusting furniture etc and I know people who own microfiber towels for their hair even.

Microfiber has properties that work wonders when it comes to the house, but can also do wonders for your complexion. Dermatologists recommend a light and gentle form of physical form of exfoliation by either using a washcloth (or microfiber facial towel). Towels and facial brushes are usually not recommended as they tend to irritate the face and a lot of us over exfoliate and create further damage to our moisture skin barrier. Remember our skins moisture barrier is the important area of skin we aim to keep happy above all else as if it’s not happy you can generally tell a mile off.

How To Use A Microfiber Towel In Your Routine?

KISS (Keep It Simple Simon) is the principle I like to suggest when it comes to a skincare routine. Don’t overload your face with a bunch of overly expensive, miracle promising products that are not going to do you any good in the long run. Here’s a sample morning routine:

  1. Cleanse with luke warm water or your favourite gentle cleanser. Massage cleanser with your fingers.
  2. Use circular motions with your Deluxe Fiber Microfiber Facial Cloth on only the areas that require the exfoliation. Don’t rub vigorously, treat your face as gently as possible.
  3. Rinse your face cleanser off
  4. Moisturise
  5. Sunscreen (AM)

The wash cloth can help to remove the build-up of stubborn dead skin cells. Also, the added benefit of a chemical exfoliant can help turn over skin cells faster. Of course the option is yours should you choose to do so. Be careful as to not over exfoliate as it’s very easy to dry your skin out.

I’d suggest you use your Microfiber Facial Washcloth no more than 3 times a week but watch your skin closely for any adverse signs over exfoliation. That’s it! Microfiber has the potential to reduce bumps, closed comedones and create a smoother canvas to paint your makeup portrait.

As always, remember to love your health!

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You’ve Over Exfoliated Your Face, Now What?

I’m not proud to say but I’ve over exfoliated my face a fair few times in my life.

Honestly, if you haven’t then claps to you because it seems like everyone I read about online has done this one time or another! It’s just so hard when you’re so excited to start a new product and the potential of a positive skin reaction is just so addicting.

So how do you know you’ve over exfoliated? How do you fix it if it’s already too late?

Well lets define exfoliation. Being either chemical or physical, they both aim to remove the layer of skin cells that are red, inflamed, pimply and just skin you’d rather not have. By removing that layer we in turn see the new healthier skin underneath as our complexion begins to heal.

Exfoliating with any product or tool will expose you to dryness as it’s removing the skin either chemically or physically and stripping the moisture right off your face and reducing oil production. This is why I say moisturizing is so important as it’s needed to replenish the skin after the chemicals etc and help with the healing process once again.

It’s so easy to get carried away with using them more often than is needed and we find ourselves with dull, dry and broken out skin thinking what on Earth is happening? Yes I’ve made my skin worse when I tried to make it better and I’ll certainly admit that to you all.

If you feel any of the following symptoms for longer than 1 minute than be warned; (technically no product or tool should cause discomfort and may be a mismatch for your skin, however some products will state a “mild tingling sensation etc is normal). Just go with your gut instinct.

  1. Tingling for more than the recommended time
  2. A burning sensation
  3. Redness
  4. Irritation
  5. Swelling
  6. Itchiness
  7. Dry patches
  8. Rash
  9. Bumps of any shape or size
  10. Cracked skin
  11. Crusting or oozing

If you’ve gotten to the point that you’re experiencing one or more of the above then maybe it’s best you see a professional as they can guide you on what is essentially the next best step for you to take.

Don’t be disheartened, you can fix it as I have but you’ll need to give your skin a major break from anything other than a mild cleanser and your favorite moisturizer. Essentially you’ve ruined your moisture barrier and your skin is going into a panicked frenzy.

In the past I just cleanse using water and my Deluxe Fiber Facial Cloth and cool/cold water feels great. Being chemical free, it won’t cause any further irritation which is not what you need. I continue with my moisturizer and avoid makeup for a few days. I also have a prescription for a hydro cortisone cream for winter skin flare ups (I’ll talk more about that in another video/blog) and I add that over the itchy patches which seems to soothe the areas.

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All in all remember we’re all going to make mistakes that are going to have you wishing you could press a big rewind button to stop yourself. It’s not easy to find a middle ground, but it is achievable. Don’t let your faith falter.

Remember to love your health!

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