Washing the face with cleaning products is, at least for women, a daily ritual. Some people act like if you’re not doing this you could also live on a garbage pile.

Unfortunately washing your face with cleaning products might cause more harm than good. There are a lot of experiences online where people stopped using any cleaning products and reported great skin improvements.

Besides that, there is also some science behind all of that.

Your skin produces oils, as does your hair. Normally it produces the right amount of oil, so the skin won’t get too dry. When using cleansers or cleaning gels, you disrupt this natural balance.

You stripped away all the natural oils your skin produces, leaving it free of oil. Your body realizes this and starts producing oil again, but more than before. Doing this over and over again will result in some form of a vicious cycle, with you becoming dependent on cleansers.

Additionally, most of these products contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which is a chemical that was listed by the Environmental Working Group as causing “possible mutilations and cancer”. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want that on my skin twice a day.

Most skin experts also agree that most of those products are too aggressive and washing your face once a day with a mild wash will be enough.

The best thing you can do is try for yourself if water is enough for you. It will definitely have an impact on your skin, but whether it’s positive or negative depends on your skin.

Besides that, washing with water is for example not possible, if you’re wearing water permanent makeup, that’s why it’s advised to go without makeup during the time you’ll experiment with this.

Additionally, the results of this method will also depend on the water you’re using. Whether it’s pH is high or low, whether there’s fluoride or any other additive in it.

I’m not a skincare expert, but I believe that putting loads of chemicals on your skin that weren’t supposed to be there and are even labelled “probably carcinogenic” can’t be good.

Steps to take:

  • Check your cleansers for Sodium Laurel Sulfate and other harmful substances.
  • Go for a week without them and see how your skin feels. It will probably be worse at first but stick with it.
  • Wash your face with water only and use a separate towel for your face.


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