Skipping This Step is One of the Best Things I’ve Ever Done for my Skin

We’ve all experimented with our routines, whether it’s the soap-and-water variety or an intricate K-beauty inspired routine with multiple toners and treatments. What if I told you that one of the single best things I’ve ever done for my skin was to skip a step in my daily skincare routine? And that this step wasn’t a product, but an action that many of us absentmindedly do right after cleansing – towel drying?

That’s right, I haven’t used a towel to dry my face in well over a decade.

Let’s start off with why I started to forego the towel.

I’m a big proponent of being gentle with your skin and minimizing any rubbing, pulling and friction in general – I didn’t like the feel of the towel on my skin, even if I was patting my skin dry to minimize friction.

Another important reason is hygiene. As much as we try, there’s no guarantee that towels are completely clean and bacteria-free. If it’s been hanging in your bathroom, and is anywhere in a 6 to 20 feet radius of your toilet, there is some risk that the toilet is transferring bacteria to your towel. One way to get around this would be to use a fresh facial towel each time after you cleanse, though this would add to your laundry load!

The best part of about skipping the towel-dry is that it sets the tone for your entire routine – patting your skin and skincare from start to finish.  Along with SPF, this was one of my mother’s core skincare tenants. I still remember her standing at the sink, her face freshly wet from a double cleanse. She would use her finger tips to pat and wick the moisture away until her skin was left slightly damp. She would then move on to her skincare routine, carefully and gently patting in each step.

It only takes a minute or two more overall, but I find this gentle patting action to help with product absorption, and my skin continues to feel hydrated and plump long after my routine. (which is currently simplified to the Blueberry Cleanser, the ID.AZ Dermastic Toner, LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule & J.One Jelly Cream) Many of us have seen the remarkable benefits of gentle patting with the 7 skin method and it’s high time to extend this simple yet effective application gesture to the rest of our routine.

Will you #ditchthetowel with me this summer?  Let me know in the comments!

Get your glow on,



Categories: Glow Recipe

20 replies

  1. So simple and interesting. I’ve never tried this but very interested in doing so. I’ll share with my 17 year old daughter. Thank you for sharing.


  2. I can’t wait to ditch the towel! Love all your tips and ideas!! Thank you!!
    Oh, and come to Charlotte with one of your pop up shops. People would flock to your store!

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  3. I started following your recommendation to ditch the towel after watching some of your videos on youtube and now I can’t go back! I do feel like I’m getting an extra boost to my skin and have convinced some of my friends to do the same! Thanks for all the tips glow recipe, love everything you guys share!!


  4. Wow, easily the most interesting blog I’ve ever read haha. Definitely super excited to try this out now and see how it works! Do I wait for my skin to air dry or should I apply my skincare steps while my skin is still pretty wet? xx


  5. Gonna try this! At the moment I still use a towel but pat my face dry with it instead of rubbing. I’m curious as to whether this no-towel-just-patting technique will make a difference for me.


  6. I went without the towel for 2 weeks and then went back to the towel to compare the difference, and within a week of using a towel, I had acne flare-up galore!! So no more towels, thank you very much 🙂


  7. Thanks for the great tip. Yes I will ditch the towel and continue to Pat my skin. Your tip about double cleansing I love it. I really can tell a huge difference in the way my skin looks and feels. My skin is loving all this attention. #lovingmyglow!


  8. I ditched the towel drying after hearing you talk about it and I love the feeling after, towel drying free for almost 3 months now. Thank you and send thanks to your mother.


  9. Yes! After watching a video you girls did I heard your mother never used a towel on her face. I tried it and loved it. Thank you for all your amazing goodness. #ditchthetowel


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