Washing face with water only

Anyone ever tried this? My skin has been very dry lately so last night I just rinsed with water and didn't put any moisturizer on afterwards. This morning my skin seems more hydrated and softer. I think I was inspired to try this because I had read somewhere that moisturizers can inhibit your skin's own oil production and it's good to let your skin breathe free at night. Might have been on Dr. Haushuka's website.

I know this contradicts most conventional wisdom about skincare and products etc.
Although I wash my makeup off at night with a facial soap and then moisturize, when I wake up in the morning I only use water to rinse off my face. I then put on a facial cream that has some SPF.

I know I saw a TV segment where it was recommended to wash your face with just water. But if I've worn makeup during the day I need a little assistance to take it off. (I use an Aveeno face bar).

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i wear a LOT of makeup so that would never work for me!
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I didn't really consider the make up factor since I tint my brows and lashes and just wear lip stuff primarily. I'll let you know how the experiment goes if I continue it... it's only been one day. I was just wondering if it was an actual method, like the OCM... a more natural way to cleanse your face and if in fact it stimulated your own natural oil production that might be inhibited by moisturizing. Then again, maybe I just imagined that I read that somewhere.

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Well, I only wash my face with water in the morning.. I have dryish skin but still would never consider never using a cleanser. But honestly, I can't see the point in washing your face in the morning-- other than some oil (which I don't have a problem with being dry anyway) and whatever is on your pillow, what do you need to wash off? So I'd recommend trying not washing in the morning and using a gentle cleanser at night.

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... I was inspired to try this because I had read somewhere that moisturizers can inhibit your skin's own oil production and it's good to let your skin breathe free at night. Might have been on Dr. Haushuka's website.
Originally Posted by La wavy
in order to research my columns i read a LOT of stuff about skin care and i've NEVER seen this anywhere in my travels - and you should see the stacks of magazines and books i go through regularly!!!



your skin can breathe just fine with moisturizer on it. if you're concerned about "blocking" it somehow, use a very light moisturizer that sinks in quickly and easily. dryness actually causes your skin to produce more natural oils which could lead to breakouts. this is why i always tell teens with acne that they need to moisturize too.

granted, our "mature" skin produces less oil, but it's still going to do it...
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If you don't have a lot of makeup to wash off, and don't have oily skin, water-only washing should be just fine for you.
dryness actually causes your skin to produce more natural oils which could lead to breakouts. this is why i always tell teens with acne that they need to moisturize too.

UGH...moisturizers were the kiss of death to my young-acne-prone skin. Every drop of moisturizer that touched my face caused an extra set of pimples. What I needed was exfoliation, not moisture. I think the idea of moisturizing already oily skin is a huge load of BS that the cosmetic industry tries to convince us to do for their own financial gain.
Water doesn't remove makeup. At night I use a dab of castor oil and sapote oil on my face, then remove either with water rinse only or with Ponds Clean Sweep towelletes. Mornings I cleanse with whatever I'm using on my body (not bar soap) or Burts Bees citrus orange facial scrub.
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UGH...moisturizers were the kiss of death to my young-acne-prone skin. Every drop of moisturizer that touched my face caused an extra set of pimples.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
you and i came into our teen years back when most moisturizers were heavy creams and lotions.

the options are much, MUCH wider these days!
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you and i came into our teen years back when most moisturizers were heavy creams and lotions.

the options are much, MUCH wider these days!

I suffered with acne til I was 35...only 10 years ago. I still don't need moisturizer, at 45. I don't need it, because I've got oily skin to begin with. Why would I put pore-clogging gunk on my face when I don't need it?
I've actually had both an internist and a dermatologist tell me that "everybody needs moisturizer" is just a myth that the cosmetic companies have put out there. Magazines make their money by *surprise* cosmetic advertisers so they help perpetuate the myth.

As long as they don't strip their skin with harsh cleansers, young people don't need moisturizers. Young skin usually produces plenty of oil on its own.

My friend's dermatologist told him to try rinsing his skin with water several times a day and not washing with cleanser. His acne cleared up. Granted, my friend was a guy and didn't wear makeup. The doctor said makeup needs to be cleaned off.
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Back when I was 17/18 and still battled routine breakouts, I tryed that and my skin became better. The best part is that it's free! Now I'm in my early twenties and have been using just water since, take off foundation and eye make-up with it, and my skin is in pretty good shape. Definitely reccomend at least giving this a shot to anyone who is trying to combat some kind of skin issue.
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I don't wear makeup,. but I do suffer from oily skin and blackheads. Would just water washing be enough?
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it can't hurt to try.

so many people with acne use harsh cleansers and cleansing methods on their skin in the mistaken belief that it will help, when all it does is strip every bit of natural moisture from the skin and cause it to produce MORE oil to make up for what's missing.
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I don't wear makeup,. but I do suffer from oily skin and blackheads. Would just water washing be enough?

You could try. I have oily skin and am acne prone and just water-washing would be a disaster for me. I need a cleanser to create some surfactant action to clean my face, but not so much that it strips me of all natural oils. It is a real balancing act.
I've actually had both an internist and a dermatologist tell me that "everybody needs moisturizer" is just a myth that the cosmetic companies have put out there. Magazines make their money by *surprise* cosmetic advertisers so they help perpetuate the myth.

As long as they don't strip their skin with harsh cleansers, young people don't need moisturizers. Young skin usually produces plenty of oil on its own.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
Yup. Using moisturizer isn't a preemptive thing unless you get dry skin on a regular basis.
Thanks. I guess I could give it a try. I figured water washing probably wouldn't fly with me for now, esp. if the weather starts warming up. I have to get my oil balance in order. I think from years of overdoing it with harsh, drying cleansers, and getting older, have made my oily skin problem way worse. I'm an oily mess by midday, so I use blotters a lot. I've never found a great cleanser that will do the job but won't strip the skin of it's natural oils.
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I'm still rinsing with water only -- it's been five days or so-- but I caved yesterday and applied moisturizer. My skin tends to be dry and I was hoping to see if I would start producing more oil naturally. Probably did not give it enough time but I do live in Southern Ca and it's super dry here.

I revisited Dr.Hauschka's website and he does recommend not applying a heavy night cream so your skin can breathe free at night. Of course he has his own product he suggests using instead. I think his products are pricey, but pretty good. Again, you have to take every manufacturer's agenda with a grain of salt I suppose and figure out what works best for you.

Now I'm curious about the washing your hair with water only experiment that others have been discussing on boards...although, no one seems too happy with the results so far.
okay, i've tried this whole "washing with water" thing for a few days...intially, my skin feels smoother, like right after i dry it off. but after i apply suncreen, it like there's thick make-up on it or something. it was the same with my moisturizer, which was quite light. could i be putting too much on or...?

another question; do any of you use toner/astringent with this routine?

btw, i have combination skin with an oily forehead and nose, large pores on my nose, and ruddy cheeks.
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