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Most dermatologists agree that washing your face with water alone will not effectively
get rid of the surface impurities such as sticky dirt and grime from environmental
pollutants, makeup residue and your skin's naturally protective oils that are accumulated
throughout the day and night.
Should You Use Only Water to Wash Face?
When you do not wash your face well, these unwanted particles which are not normally
visible to the human eye, will stay on your skin and clog your pores, thereby resulting
in clogged pores. Clogged pores, as well as hormones and bacteria, is the primary
cause to nasty skin problems like whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and acne.
Therefore, washing your face with a good facial cleanser is the first and most important
step to beautiful acne-free skin.
For dry sensitive skin type, you want to use an unscented and especially gentle formula
facial cleanser that works to efficiently lift away impurities from your skin's surface
while retaining moisture. You should not use bar soap on your face.
I highly recommend Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, rated as one of the best and budget
friendly facial cleansers on the market. It is a fragrance-free, non-lathering, non-drying
lotion-type formula which is extremely gently on dry sensitive skin. Your skin will
feel fresh, velvety soft, smooth without feeling stretch dry after washing.
Another plus about Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is you can even use it to remove
light makeup. Simply apply a liberal amount to your face and gently rub/massage in
a circular motion all over to emulsify makeup, including your eyelids. Then rinse
off thoroughly with water and pat your face dry with a soft fluffy towel. Always
apply an alcohol-free toner and rich moisturizer to hydrate skin.
I also like Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser that is great for all skin types. It
also gently cleans without irritating even dry sensitive skin. Both products are
very affordable, and you can find them online, or at your local drugstore.
How to Care for Dry Facial Skin
1. Do not wash dry face with hot water. Hot water will strip your skin of its natural
oils and moisture more quickly, contributing to dry skin. Instead, wash your face
with warm (lukewarm) water, which is less irritating to dry skin than hot water.
In addition to that, try not to wash your face no more than twice a day.
2. While exfoliating the skin is one of the simplest way to achieve brighter-looking
complexion instantly, scrubs can be especially for people with dry sensitive skin.
You want to avoid commercially prepared face scrubs that may contain harsh and abrasive
ingredients such as aluminum oxide particles and ground fruit pits (ground apricot
Also, scrubbing your face too hard and harsh temperature extremes such as washing
with too hot or too cold water can cause broken face capillaries.
I suggest you try out this gentle homemade oatmeal face scrub for dry sensitive skin
at home. It is really easy to prepare and leaves you with amazingly baby soft, glowing
Mix together 2 tablespoons oatmeal and 4 tablespoons buttermilk. Apply mixture on
face, and allow to dry. Wash off completely with lukewarm water using gentle scrubbing
3. Drinking sufficient fluids every day is the best thing you can do for dry skin.
Water is the key to younger-looking, beautifully plump hydrated skin. If you are
not drinking enough water, it will show through your skin – dry, flaky, and wrinkly.
Aim for at least 8-10 glasses of water daily, and feed your skin with skin-boosting
vitamins and minerals (antioxidants) like Vitamin A, C and E, zinc, and magnesium.
Think carrots, oranges, avocados, peas, and summer squash.
4. People with dry skin generally tend to wrinkle faster than those with oily skin,
so eating a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables,
along with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids is a worthwhile preventive measure.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs or good fats) keeps your skin moist (particularly in
cold winter months)and prevents premature aging. Additionally, Omega-3s are natural
anti-inflammatory agents so they can also prevent and reduce menstrual cramps.
Cold water oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel are naturally
rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. If you are not a huge fan of fish or a vegetarian, try
flaxseed, walnut, canola oil, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.
5. Smoking makes your skin dry because it robs your body of Vitamin C, which is necessary
for keeping skin supple, plump and moist. If you carry on smoking, your facial complexion
will deteriorates over time. Your face will look older and more wrinkled than it
actually is. Quit smoking; your skin will thank you.
By Tiffany Moore
I want to know if it is ok to wash my face with only water and nothing else? I have
really dry sensitive skin, and I occasionally get mild acne breakouts on my forehead
and chin area just before my menstrual period. I have tried so many different facial
cleaners, both high-end brands and drugstore brands, but they do not work well with
my skin type. My face feels overly dry, tight and taut after face wash. I am so disappointed
with skincare brands that do not deliver the results they claim, so I am thinking
of using only water to wash face. No soap, no cleanser, no face wash. Will this do
the job? If not, what skin care regimen do you suggest and what facial cleansers
do you recommend I use to wash dry sensitive face? Thank you. – Carole, Oklahoma.
Aside from coffee grind and brown sugar, what else is good to exfoliate skin? Find
out gentle exfoliating face scrub ingredients from your kitchen that can keep your
skin baby smooth and radiantly bright.