Is it good to wash our face with cold water?

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Is it better to wash your face with cold water? 

Here are some reasons why people find washing with cold water beneficial:
– it closes pores
– it makes blood vessels constrict 
– aid to reduce swelling & appearance of undereye dark circles 

However, not everyone agree on using cold water to wash their face.  Here’s why:
– cannot wash away dirt and oil 
– can cause broken capillaries

As the cold water drives the blood with increased force through the system, it flushes the capillaries in the tissues and cleanses them… (source)

Although I think using cold water to wash our faces does not close the pores (at least not permanently) since pore sizes are determined by genetics, but I do like to use it at the end after I have washed my face thoroughly with warm water. 

Some experts have recommended that those with oily skin should wash their face with warm or even hot water.  While I agree that warm water is good to dissolve the embedded sebum and dirt but the temperature shouldn’t be too hot.  First of all, it isn’t comfortable and second, hot water is supposed to dry skin out overtime and can also cause broken capillaries.

So do you wash your face in cold, warm or hot water?


  1. Katy says:

    Hot water then a splash of cold at then end it perfect! =)

    Katy: Yes, I agree the cold water splash at the end is perfect! Certainly wakes me up!

  2. Asianmommy says:

    Lukewarm water–I’m too lazy to wait for hot. ?

    Asianmommy: Haha…I know what you mean. ?

  3. Anna says:

    I have oily skin. A bit of DHC Deep Cleansing oil to dissolve the sebum in the morning. Rinse with lukewarm water.

    Anna: Oh, DHC Cleansing Oil is something I’ve been wanting to try…

  4. Dee says:

    I start off washing my face using my cleasner with warm water,and finishing with icy cold water. It really helped me cause my skin has actually improved since I started breaking out. Plus, I love the feeling of my skin tingling after. It feels very invigorating. Nice article dear.

    Dee: I try to rinse off with cold water when I can remember. I might skip the process if I’m rushed for time. But I like the feeling. Like you mentioned, it’s invigorating!

  5. anonymous says:

    anyone know of any product that can reduce or get rid of broken capillaries?

  6. kunzang choden says:

    i will love to go with harbal product and wax facial.

  7. kunzang choden says:

    i feel confortable when i wash my face with cold water.when ever i wash my face with hotwater i get what i need to do when it comes to this problem?

  8. sesame says:

    As long as the water isn’t too cold, it shouldn’t be a problem.

  9. kimmy says:

    I just started to wash my face with warm water and its cool!

  10. Mary says:

    I tink hot water only can u make pores clear.

  11. Sesame says:

    Yes, it does clear out the impurities but the water shouldn’t be too hot…best to keep it lukewarm.

  12. Mojo 50 says:

    Yes, I agree!!!! As long as the water isn’t too cold that would not be a problem! =)

  13. Mojo 50 says:

    That is the same as what I do!

  14. Mojo 50 says:

    I really don’t know. Guys I want to know is it ok to wash your face in the morning and the afternoon?

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