What are Cleansing Waters and How Do You Use Them Properly?

When it comes to your makeup routine, perhaps the most important step is not putting it on but rather taking it off. After all, every bit of makeup that you aren’t able to remove properly will be likely to cause skin problems later on, like skin fatigue and clogged pores. However, there are times when you’re simply too tired to perform every single step of your cleansing routine, that you just want to splash your face with some water and be done with it. Thankfully, with the help of cleansing waters, you can indeed cut the time needed to wipe your face completely clean of makeup.

Cleansing Waters

What are Cleansing Waters:

Cleansing waters may be called “water” but they aren’t pure H2O. Instead, cleansing waters contain molecules that draw out dirt and other impurities while keeping the skin hydrated. Most cleansing waters use micelles as a cleansing agent, thus the term micellar water, although there are also other ingredients that can be used for these cleansing products. For example, Korean skin care brand Huxley uses the essence of the prickly pear cactus in their cleansing waters, which helps exfoliate, moisturize, and soften your skin, and protect it from damage caused by pollution. You can also find cleansing waters that contain various other ingredients, including sodium hyaluronate, mild alpha hydroxy acids, and other moisturizing and cleansing components.

How Do You Use Cleansing Waters Properly:

Most cleansing waters perform the role of three products: cleanser, makeup remover, and toner. They are also safe to use on any skin type — yes, even sensitive skin. Just make sure you don’t have any allergies to any of the ingredients of the cleansing water. It always pays to check the label!

To use a cleansing water, simply soak a cotton ball with the product and swipe it all over your face, neck, and decolletage. There are also some makeup wipes that are already spritzed with cleansing waters, so you could also opt to use those if you prefer. Don’t apply too much pressure or swipe too harshly; it’s best to use gentle upward strokes to minimize the possibility of premature wrinkling and other pressure-related skin damage.

Here are some more tips to maximize the cleaning power of cleansing waters.

  • There’s no need to rinse. Cleansing waters are formulated to replace the standard cleanser, so there really isn’t no need to rinse. Cleansing waters also increase your skin’s hydration as you apply — you don’t definitely don’t want to wash away that effect.
  • But there is a need to wipe off the residue. It’s true that cleansing waters can remove almost all kinds impurities from your face, but you still need to wipe off the excess product once you’re done. You can use cotton balls or cotton pads for this purpose or, if you want to minimize your garbage, you can also use a soft, clean washcloth. In the same way that you apply the cleansing water, you should also soft, gentle strokes to avoid irritating your skin. Cleansing waters usually leave your skin feeling a little moist, so don’t worry if you don’t get to “remove” everything, per se. Just make sure that you do wipe off the excess as best as you can.
  • You may still need to cleanse afterward. Depending on how much makeup you put on or, you may need to follow up your cleansing water with another cleanser. Oil-based cleansers are the best choice to make sure all traces of makeup, dirt, and other impurities are removed, but you can most definitely use any cleanser you prefer. You should also double cleanse if you use a lot of waterproof makeup; cleansing waters may be able to help remove and “loosen” most of these products from your face, so the follow-up cleanse would definitely be shorter and easier to do.

Our busy lives may sometimes get in the way of our beauty routines, but with the help of cleansing waters, taking care of your skin has become easier and definitely more convenient.

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Jyotsna Ramani is a passionate writer and an avid globetrotter. She had a knack for writing since her early years, though that was mostly letters to her penpals and jotting her thoughts down in her "Dear Diary". Over the years, she realized how her hobby could turn into a full time career and she started writing web content, books and pieces for local magazines. There has been no looking back ever since. Follow Jyotsna Ramani at Google+

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