This unassuming household item might be triggering your breakouts
For those of us without air conditioning, we’ve leaned heavily on our beloved fans to carry us through those hot and sticky summer nights. And while the soothing hum of a fan and circulating cool air is an unbeatable combo for a soothing eight hour snooze, there’s a chance we might be sacrificing the ‘beauty’ in our beauty sleep by doing so.
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According to skin care pharmacist Amina, otherwise known to her loyal Instagram following as @aminathepharmacist, there are two main ways in which our fans are compromising our skin health:
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#1 It dries out our skin
If you’re guilty of keeping your fan on full blast, which let’s face it, who isn’t? Amina warns that keeping your fan on the strongest setting can lead to drying out the air and as a result, stripping away your skin’s moisture.
#2 It clogs our pores
Those propellers may be working their little hearts out to keep your bedroom cool, but it turns out you might be getting more than you bargained for. Amira reveals that while fans are circulating air, they’re also moving a bunch of dust around while they’re at it.
This dust, combined with sweat and other dirt can result in the perfect recipe for clogged pores and in turn, triggering some unwanted bumps and breakouts.
But it’s not all bad news, because Amina also has two ways to counteract these surprising downsides so you don’t have to give up your summer saviour for good.
#1 Keep it gentle
Amina recommends keeping your fan on oscillate mode in order to keep the airflow gentle and to avoid ‘full force’ settings that will be too harsh and drying to the skin.
#2 Stay moisturised
If you are going to sleep with a fan on each night, Amina also recommends keeping the skin extra hydrated throughout the night by moisturising with a product that preferably contains hyaluronic acid.
Before you decide to throw out your fan, take this information with a grain of salt. After all, there are things far worse for our skin then cooling our room down with a fan – and let’s face it, it still outweighs a stinking hot bedroom.
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