Our skin care routines change with the seasons, when skin conditions pop up (hello, face mask-induced acne) or whenever there’s an exciting new Korean beauty launch. One thing that remains constant is that we always use a towel after cleansing. But what if that towel turned out to be bad for our skin?

Washcloths are often criticized by skin care experts because they capture dirt and bacteria that can be transferred to skin. Now some beauty gurus are doing away with towels in the name of better skin.

As with the majority of beauty trends these days, the no-towel method comes from Korea where it’s common practice for women not to towel-dry their faces. Christine Chang, co-founder of Korean beauty site Glow Recipe, explains that it was one of her mother’s core beauty philosophies.

“I still remember her standing at the sink, her face freshly wet from a double cleanse. She would use…

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