WHY I STOPPED WASHING MY FACE

by Christina Marrale in


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French beauty is always something that i've been infatuated with, so when the opportunity came to write an article on the french women's beauty regimen recently, I jumped at the chance.

In my research, I discovered one all-important step that many french women swear by — they avoid putting water on their faces, at all costs. A mind-blowing concept for someone who swears by their Clarisonic and nightly cleansing regimen, I found myself wondering, "How the hell are they washing their faces?" and "What's the deal with water?" 

CONTAMINANTS IN OUR WATER COULD BE HARMING YOUR SKIN :

It seems splashing a bit of water from the tap can indeed be very harmful to one's skin. In the US alone, we're up to a total of 260 contaminants altogether in our water. This data was found by the environmental group in a two-and-a-half-year analysis of more than 22 million tap water quality tests. So, what does that mean for your skin? Irritation, inflammation, and exposure to many of these harmful chemicals.

After hearing this research, I immediately purchased Bioderma. Considered a staple in the french skincare regimen, Bioderma removes makeup safely, while pH balancing, and softening the skin. Paired with the ultra luxe Shiseido cotton (one of my must-have products), it's quickly become my new go-to cleansing regimen.

THE RESULTS:  

Though I do not suffer from ultra-sensitive skin, I've always battled with acne around the forehead, inflammation, and a slight redness around my cheek area. After a few weeks of using Bioderma, the redness is virtually gone. As for the acne? It's clearing up, with less inflammation to the face overall. Truthfully, my only concern was how well the product would clean the face, and to my surprise, it got every last bit of makeup off. Looks as though the french are onto something here.