Your Towels Are Ruining Your Skin—Here's an Easy Solution

Updated 09/08/17

We coddle our skin when it comes to certain aspects of our routine, from ensuring we're using the right products, to slathering on sunscreen (hopefully!) and diligently patting on eye cream. But there's a daily step that's an unlikely culprit for irritation and it's, drumroll please, your towel. Keep scrolling to read more, and learn the simple solution.

Many of us use standard terrycloth towels, often without realizing it, as an abrasive tool. When we finish washing our face, we aggressively drag them across the skin, almost as a makeshift exfoliant, to wipe all the water away with vigor (and sometimes even to "itch" or slough dry skin). 

The scary part? That daily repeated friction of the rough towel pulling against the skin, strips it of essential oils, leading to dryer, more irritated skin; while prolonged tugging and pulling can lead to sagging. So keep scrolling for the swap! 

The simple solution is to switch to a bamboo towel, which is far more gentle than your average face towel, regardless of how you use it (though you should still be patting instead of dragging). We are obsessed with the bamboo face towels from skincare expert Kerry Benjamin, which feel like silk on your skin compared to even your softest of towels. They come in a handy seven-pack so you can use a fresh one each day for maximum cleanliness, and come with a baggie to store the clean towels for added protection from bacteria and germs.

 

Do you already use a bamboo towel to dry your face or did this surprise you? If not, will you make the switch? Tell us below!

 

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