Wednesday,24 October, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1413, (11 - 17 October 2018)
Wednesday,24 October, 2018
Issue 1413, (11 - 17 October 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Fizzy face cleansing

Skin treatment
Skin treatment

Would you wash your face with sparkling water? It’s not as silly as you might think – washing your face with sparkling mineral water rather than regular tap water is the latest piece of beauty advice from Korea that has been approved by skin devotees around the globe.

There are plenty of ways to cleanse your skin, from cleansing balms and oils to micellar water and makeup-removing wipes. But when it comes to getting a glowing skin, many women have naturally looked to the East for inspiration.

In Korea, mineral water is popular as a simple skin treatment. And using carbonated mineral water to treat the skin has long been a trend in Korean and Japanese spas. Women there either soak the face in sparkling water or soak cotton pads with carbonated mineral water and dab them onto the skin after cleansing.

Originally from Japan and popularised by women in Korea, this fizzy face-cleansing technique claims to be the secret to perfect skin that is full of collagen. Not only does it cleanse your skin deeply, the carbonation of sparkling water helps keep the cells between the collagen fibres strong and thus aids the overall firmness and plumpness of the skin.

Other than its simplicity and timelessness, it’s also known to help wash out the pores without too much harshness, purify the skin after cleansing, and help the efficacy of other skincare products.

The pH of tap water can disrupt the skin’s acid mantle, a barrier on the skin’s outermost layer, which is slightly acidic at a level of 5.5. That’s the same pH as carbonated water, whereas tap water is typically pH 7. When you cleanse with the former, the carbonation won’t alter your complexion’s pH, whereas washing your face with tap water can cause dryness. This can lead to tiny cracks in your skin, inviting bacteria to brew and breakouts to occur.

Carbonated water is used in expensive beauty products, but the good news is that you can make DIY facial mists at home using seltzer water in a simple and affordable way. If you want to get started, try switching your evening facial to sparkling by splashing your face with sparkling water and washing away any soap with a carbonated water rinse.

If you have sensitive skin, aestheticians often don’t recommend a daily sparkling water facewash, since you may not like the fizzing action on the skin. If the foaming effect is too strong, mix equal parts of sparkling water and mineral water to dial down the fizz for a gentler rinse. Dab your face with a towel before moisturising.

Try combining an equal proportion of sparkling and green tea water, drenching cotton pads with the solution and then placing them on your face for 10 minutes. For a carbonated water face-bath, mix equal parts of carbonated water and mineral water or equal parts of carbonated mineral water and tap water into a clean basin and then soak your face in it after cleansing.

Hold your breath and submerge your face in the bowl for 10 seconds. Don’t overdo it, though: once or twice a week is enough. You should also carefully check your skin reaction to find out how long it should be soaking for.

Though sparkling water treatment is known to be compatible with all skin types, very sensitive skin types should proceed with caution. Remember that moderation is key.

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