What Will Happen to Your Skin If You Stop Washing Your Face

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You may have heard that washing your face twice a day is the best thing you can do to keep acne and blackheads at bay. You might even have a beloved cleanser you use every morning and night. But you’d better put down the washcloth and step away from the sink. There are several reasons why it’s actually not good for your skin to wash it too often, especially with harsh chemicals.

The Bright Side team went on a quest to find the newest dermatological trends for you to consider that tell to abstain from using water and overwashing the skin.

Overcleansing can upset your skin’s pH.

If you’ve tried every product and skincare routine in the book without seeing the results you desire, it’s the time to call it quits and do absolutely nothing. Like many things in life, less is more when it comes to skincare. Skin cleansing products can strip away the good bacteria and destroy the skin’s pH.

If you are one of the majority that washes your face twice a day, we advise you to skip the morning wash, since the evening wash is necessary to remove SPF and makeup (if you wear it).

Sink water is not your skin’s best friend.

If you have ever been in another city and noticed how your skin complexion has changed, whether for better or worse, you’re not the only one.

The quality of tap water depends on the area you live in. In some places, it is “harder” than in others. Because of the harsh minerals it contains, tap water tends to leave your skin dry and irritated. This is why you should minimize excessive water use during your skin cleansing regimen.

How to eliminate water from your facial routine.

Washing your face without water sounds oxymoronic. However, it’s totally feasible. The key element of this cleansing method is to avoid splashing your face with water by replacing this step with a cleanser. After that, continue with your regular makeup routine.

As counterintuitive as it sounds, water only makes your skin drier and robs you of its natural oils.

A cleanser is your best pal.

Cleansers are the best water substitute, and you have plenty of options. There’s one thing that you should remember, however. Once you find a good cleanser, never switch it for another one and use it once a day.

  • Micellar cleanser, which you can dab on your skin without rinsing.
  • Oil-based cleansers can do an excellent job of protecting the skin’s barriers.
  • Water-based cleansers are ideal if your skin is oily or prone to breakouts.

The waterless cleansing experiment, the first 3 days

  • The first day: Your morning routine will feel slightly different since you used your cleanser of choice, applied your makeup, and skipped splashing your face with water altogether. But so far, so good. Before bed, you used some rose water as a toner and called it a night.
  • The second day: You rush to the bathroom, expecting some major changes in your skin. But surprise: your skin looks exactly the same. So you apply some light makeup and go about your day.
    The great part is that even though you expected your skin to be oily, it’s actually drier than usual. This happens because the skin is trying to balance its natural oil levels.
  • The third day: Your skin might be shifting between dryness and oiliness, but there’s one thing that you will notice: your blackheads have almost disappeared, and so have any large pimples.

The waterless cleansing experiment, the first month

After one month of waterless washing, you’ll find out that your skin not only survived the experiment, but thrived and never looked better.

Would you try the waterless washing method? If not, how long can you go without washing your face? What is the skin care tip that sounded crazy to you at first, but that is now a part of your routine? Let us know in the comments.


I usually wash my face twice a day, in tge morning and in the evening! I only use yves rocher products, they're great! After washing my face, I put an hydration cream ❤️

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