3 Ways to Wash Your Face Without Water

Rachel Krause
How to wash your face when you have dry skin

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Lest you think that washing your face without water sounds like a ridiculous proposition, consider the facts. Water in and of itself can dehydrate all skin types; the pH balance from location to location is unreliable, so you could be throwing off your skin’s equilibrium without even knowing it; and sometimes, the last thing you feel like doing is hovering over the sink splashing yourself in the face. Doesn’t seem so ridiculous now, does it? Whether you’re concerned with conservation, going camping, or just want to give your skin a break, these three methods of cleansing sans water have you covered.

Micellar Water
If you’ve never quite bought into the idea of spending money on something that calls itself a “cleansing water,” let us assure you that micellar water is the real deal. It’s been around for ages, but it’s seen a recent surge in popularity as drugstore brands, rather than luxury and niche purveyors, have caught on and added it to their repertoire (the new Simple Cleansing Micellar Water is a notable standout). Micelles are tiny cleansing molecules that float in the watery formula. Because they’re oily molecules made of fat, or lipids, they’re able to absorb other oily debris, like dirt, sebum, and even makeup, and draw them away from your skin. When you apply the micellar water to your skin by way of a cotton pad, the molecules act like a magnet to the impurities—all this cool, wildly effective science, and all you need to take advantage of it is saturate a cotton pad in a micellar product. We’ve been loving Orico London Orange Micellar Cleansing Water & Make-Up Remover, a refreshing purifying cleanser that detoxifies and boosts radiance without irritating even the most delicate skin.

Cream Cleanser
Water can be extraordinarily drying to the skin, especially in the cooler months, when skin is already inclined to seasonal sensitivity. If your skin is dry to begin with, the last thing you need is to be splashing warm water on your face in the middle of January. Creamy, lather-free cleansers, like the wonderful Korres Greek Yoghurt 3 in 1 Cleansing, Toning, and Eye Make-Up Removing Emulsion, keep the skin’s moisture levels in check, and while you can rinse with water if that’s what you’re into, you can also use a dry or warm, damp cloth to gently wipe away dirt and makeup without upsetting the skin’s natural equilibrium.

Makeup Wipes
Cleansing wipes have earned a bad rap, and it’s true that, as your sole method of cleansing and makeup removal, they’re certainly not as effective as actual cleansers, but that doesn’t mean they can be beat for convenience. It’s far and away preferable to use a makeup removing wipe before bed than it is to not clean your face at all, so believe us when we say that they still deserve a place in your beauty repertoire, or at least on your bedside table. skin ICELAND Glacial Cleansing Cloths are downright dreamy—you rub the sides of the cloth against one another to create an actual lather that really works, and they never leave a tacky finish behind. Let’s just say that we never feel guilty for using them as our only cleanser after a late night out.

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