Is Using a Hairdryer Damaging Your Skin? Yes, But Here’s How to Prevent It
By now, it’s well known that blow drying your hair can damage it.
All the excessive heat and brushing required to get your “do” looking perfect really can take a toll. So, to combat that, there are heat protecting sprays and shampoos you can use to really minimize the effects of heat damage to your hair.
But have you ever thought about what blow drying your hair does to your skin? You see, aggravating your skin with heat can cause excessive dryness…
And dry skin tends to look older than oily skin, because it exaggerates the look of wrinkles and sagging. So, that’s another reason why it’s so important to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.
But it’s not fair to ask anyone to give up the blow dryer… After all, it’s the one hair tool I use on a daily basis!
So how can you blow dry your hair and keep your skin hydrated?
Tip #1: Use low heat
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but so many people are impatient when it comes to blow-drying their hair.
Sure, the point of blow-drying can sometimes be to get out the door as quickly as possible. But at what cost?
So my advice is to use the coolest setting available on your hairdryer…And be patient.
Your hair might take longer to dry, but at least you won’t be damaging your skin at the same time.
Tip #2: Use a round brush to dry your hair away from your face
An important part of blow-drying your hair is keeping the hot air away from your face.
To do this, I recommend using a round brush and a concentrator nozzle on your hairdryer. Using the lowest heat setting possible, wrap a section of your hair around the brush. Then, point the concentrator nozzle directly at the brush, away from your face.
This way, you’re building volume and style while also keeping the potentially hot air away from your face.
Tip #3: Hold your hairdryer as far away as you can
Make sure that you’re holding your hairdryer as far away from your hair and skin as possible…And make sure you move it around as much as you can.
This way, the heat will be lessened and diffused by the time it reaches you, and less heat equals less damage.
Of course, the less you blow dry your hair, the better, so try to air-dry whenever possible. But if you just can’t give up your hairdryer, try out these tips!
You’ll protect your skin (and hair) from damage and keep it looking youthful for years to come!