If cleansing isn’t high on your list of priorities, or if you use face wipes (*gasp*), the latest skincare trend of washing your face with sparkling water might sound ridiculous.
If you’re a skincare nerd, however, you will probably be fascinated by the idea of sparkling water facials.
Originating from Japan and made popular in Korea of late, using carbonated mineral water post-cleanse purifies, firms and in general is said to be a skincare miracle worker.
Already popular in spas globally where aesthetician will soaking cotton pads with carbonated mineral water and dabbing them onto the skin (don’t rub!) after cleansing.
Alicia says she’s seen people use mineral water in a multitude of other ways however.
“I see women making DIY facial mists with mineral water and even mixing it into bath water. I’ve seen some dunk their whole heads into it to help improve scalp healthiness (which is also a fun one to watch).”
“There are also mixes now that brands are making that include skin-benefitting ingredients mixed with carbonation.”
So what’s so good about it?
“The mineral water can help keep the cells between collagen fibers strong, aiding overall firmness and plumpness of the skin.”
“The sparkling water is also known to help mechanically wash out the pores without too much harshness.”
The treatment is also compatible with all skin types and won’t cause any irritation.
Can you use regular sparkling water or is sparkling mineral water the only thing that will do the trick?
According to Alicia its the mineral content mixed with carbonation that’s the key.
“It helps deliver the benefits beyond that of mechanical sparkling water cleansing the skin.”
“Typically, the ratio of the water mixes should be one to one. Also, the mineral water helps dilute the harshness of the fizzing in the carbonated water, so it’s best to mix the two together.
“Alternatively, you can use carbonated mineral water, but this should then be mixed with regular water — the idea is to dilute the carbonation to be gentler on the face.”
Alicia’s go-to skin fix is a Carbonated Water Face Bath.
“It’s so simple! One part carbonated water and the other part mineral water (or one part carbonated mineral water and one part regular water), all put into a clean basin that you soak your face in after cleansing. Typically, once or twice a week is enough.”
Will you be giving this a go? Or does it sound like way too much fuss, even for the most hardcore skincare addicts out there?