'Air-drying' your face could be the key to perfect skin

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor

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.

Would you ditch your face towel to dry au-natural? Photo: Getty

“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 user 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’.”

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.

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

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. 

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