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Taking care of our skin sometimes feels like tiptoeing around a sleeping bear. We aren’t trying to do anything to irritate it, but we also can’t just sit on our laurels and wait to get eaten alive. It’s a delicate balance when it comes to every move. For instance, your skin cells benefit from exfoliation, but not too much exfoliation. (Alright, one day a week it is.) And moisturizer should come after the serum, which should come after the toner, which should come after the cleanser. (We’ll take a road map, please.) And now? Well, apparently, we’ve been washing our face all wrong. Every. Day.

Charlotte Cho, licensed esthetician and founder of Soko Glam, the leading online retailer of Korean skincare, which is the new holy grail of all beauty regimens, told Buzzfeed recently that most people make a super common mistake when washing their face. You ready for it?

If you typically cleanse your face under the lovely steaming hot stream of water in the shower, you’re waging war on your own skin. 

"Hot water coming straight onto your face from the shower head can strip away your natural oils and leave your skin barrier weak, vulnerable and cracked,” Cho said. Instead, by always washing your face in lukewarm water—at the sink, not in the hot shower—the cleanser can do its job without being too harsh on your skin.

Feeling downtrodden and somewhat resistant to making the switch, we double-checked and found that Dermstore, the dermatologist-backed online store and our ultimate skincare guru, concurred. In its skincare blog, esthetician Shauna Rose Dermigny warned to always be “careful not to wash your face with hot water,” as it’s a common misconception that hot water helps get rid of impurities better to ensure clear, luminous skin. 

Though it might feel like you’re opening up your pores with the steamy water and drawing out all of the skin-clogging suckers, sadly it’s only a momentary high. The ultimate consequence could be stripping your skin and drying it out, which are not our most desired results.

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When it comes down to it, being gentle on your skin is the most important thing. It’s always going to be there. You're going to have to be thick as thieves, whether you like it or not. So better start washing your face at the sink now, ladies. Or learn how to take lukewarm showers, to each their own.

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