When it comes to my face, I have to admit I’m a bit of a Francophone. French women seem to just be in the know when it comes to the deep wisdom and new concepts in skincare. From Joelle Ciocco’s Epidermologue Method® to Biotherm, they just know what they are doing. So when even expat Garance Dore wrote that her dermatologist banned cleansing with water from her regimen, I needed to investigate. The idea is that when you use hard water and strong cleansers on your face, you are messing with the sebum levels necessary to keep your skin protected. Sebum acts as nature’s all in one facial serum by providing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin E, protection from dryness and the outside elements etc. Conversely, too much sebum is to blame for your acne. When you wash away your sebum and disturb its equilibrium, it goes into overdrive producing new sebum to restore your face’s protective layer. Even the National Institutes of Health have gotten on the sebum equilibrium bandwagon.
If youre looking for some moisture intensive care without a heap of cost for these windy dry cold days I say go no water. Trust me, your skin will GLOW.
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