Is 'air-drying' your face the key to perfect skin?

Francesca Specter
·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Would you ditch your face towel to dry au-natural? [Photo: Getty]
Would you ditch your face towel to dry au-natural? [Photo: Getty]

Air-drying your face is the latest craze in the skincare world – but would you get on board with this trend?

In a nutshell, it involves ditching your towel in favour of letting nature take its course on your soaking wet, freshly-washed face.

According to consultant dermatologist Nick Lowe, air-drying is a more hygienic and less abrasive way to tend to skin.

“If you’ve got any areas on your body, any follicle infections, that could then transfer from a towel on to the face. Air-drying will reduce that problem,” he tells The Guardian.

The trend, he explains, mostly benefits those with dry or sensitive skin: “The less drying the better,” says Lowe.

However, not everyone is on board with this method. One Twitter responded to The Guardian’s original feature, calling it “another example of totally superfluous information for insecure women.”

Consultant dermatologist Anjali Mahto also gave her two cents, remarking on Twitter: “I couldn’t actually believe this one was a real ‘thing’.”

At least it means one less towel to wash…[Photo: Getty]
At least it means one less towel to wash…[Photo: Getty]

As is the case with many current skincare trends, this one hails from Korea. A video posted last year by Korean blog The Klog entitled ” The Towel-Free Drying Method” garnered some 39,000 views.

Meanwhile, Japanese skin guru Chizu Saeki suggested a similar drying technique called patting – tapping your face with four fingers – in her book The Japanese Skincare Revolution.

Air-drying your face isn’t the only out-there craze to emerge lately. Last week, a sparkling water cleanse idea had us digging out our Sodastreams and actress Liz Hurley had us all evaluating our beauty regime after admitting she applies moisturiser up to 10 times a day.

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