Ever heard of a water-only beauty routine? Well, it is time to get that glow from H2O! This is the next big minimalist, sustainable movement as we reduce consumption of consumer goods which rely heavily on plastic packaging. Many notice benefits such as a significant reduction in acne breakouts and sensitivity. If you have been sweating, wearing heavy makeup or have visible dirt on your skin it is advised to cleanse your face with micellar water or a mild cleanser first and then wash it with plain filtered water from the tap. Renowned model Gisele Bündchen follows this routine as well washing her face with only water and sometimes throwing in an exfoliant every few weeks before following up with moisturiser if her skin is particularly dry.
Your skin is self-sufficient, it knows how to look after itself by producing its own moisture as well as getting rid of bacteria and toxins, it doesn't need additional help from skincare products. Water aids the process by simply flushing out the excess dirt, sweat and grime on the outermost layer of your skin. Too many products can clog your pores and lead to breakouts a you overwhelm your skin. For best results,
This is where cleansing with water only could actually help to repair the skin barrier. By cleansing with water only, you’re less likely to over-strip the skin’s natural oil and therefore reduce the risk of damaging your skin barrier.
Some advice from Ariana Roberts who has been water-only for 7 years: "With water-only, I always tell people that you have to figure out what works for you. Everybody’s genetics, lifestyle, and environment are different. That was the hardest part—when I tried to copy what other people were doing, it didn’t work out. My transition period would probably have been a lot shorter if I was working on finding what worked for me instead of getting bogged down with researching what other people were doing. If you want to try water-only, figure out your own circumstances and adapt your routine to them"