Can I Cleanse My Face With Just My Hands?

In a world where everyone seems to be using the latest—and most expensive—skin-cleansing gadget, perhaps you're still a bit of a Luddite. Or maybe you're itching to return to a simpler, cheaper skincare routine by ditching the face cloths and brushes in favour of cleansing with just your hands.

There's nothing inherently wrong with using only your hands to wash your face. Some people find that hands work just fine, while others need a tool to get the deeply clean, lightly exfoliated skin they want. Here's how to make the decision.

 

 

Can I Cleanse My Face With Just My Hands?

 

Washing With Your Hands: The Pros


Cleansing with your hands is a convenient and tempting option if you travel often. You may simply prefer a minimalist, inexpensive, or more natural beauty regimen. Other benefits of cleansing with your hands include:

  • You have more control over the pressure and are less likely to irritate your skin.
  • If your hands are clean, you'll be less likely to introduce germs than you would be if you reuse a flannel or cleansing brush.
  • You won't be rubbing old makeup or dirt back into your skin.
  • You can easily feel when your skin is clean.
  • If your skin is sensitive to dyes, detergents, or other chemicals, you won't expose it to these products with your clean hands.
  • If you're prone to imperfections, you'll be able to tell where you need to focus your preventative serums.

 

Can I Cleanse My Face With Just My Hands?

 

Washing With Your Hands: The Cons


Of course, no skincare solution comes without its own set of problems. So before you throw out your flannels and microfibre mitts, consider the following:

  • If your hands are dirty, you may introduce dirt, chemicals, and oil into your skin.
  • Fingernails or calluses can scratch your skin.
  • You won't get the exfoliating or deep cleansing benefits that you might get from a cleansing brush such as the Clarisonic Mia or Foreo.


Hands or No Hands? Making the Decision


Ultimately, cleansing with your hands for a few days is not going to destroy your skin, so there's no harm in experimenting. Need help making the decision? Ask yourself the following:

  • Do I struggle to get my skin clean and free of excess oil?
  • Do I have time to clean my skin-cleansing tools?
  • Are my hands regularly exposed to dangerous chemicals such as solvents, paints, or other toxic substances?
  • Does my skin look worse after a week or two of cleansing with my hands?
  • Do I like using new beauty gadgets?

If you answered 'yes' to one or more of these questions, try that cool new cleansing brush. There's no shame in wanting the latest product, and if it inspires you to take better care of your skin, then go for it.

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