By Victoria Moorhouse
Oct 07, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
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I will admit the concept of cleansing waters left me perplexed when I was first introduced. As odd as it sounds, they didn’t seem as straight-forward as the foams, creams, and gels that you gently rub onto your face (hopefully with a sulfate-free lather) and rinse off with a splash of lukewarm water. 

Should I wash off this stuff after? Do I need to double cleanse? Will this really get the job done or will I have an unfortunate cluster of zits on my chin to prove otherwise in the morning?

All valid questions, right? I’ve been lucky enough to figure it out without too much error, but there’s always more to learn when it comes to skin care, and since prevention in that category is key, I reached out to a pro to find out how to use cleansing waters the right way, along the deets on the common mistakes you might be making. 

Before we get into need-to-know rules, let's talk the benefits of using this product. According to dermatologist Dr. Debra Luftman, one of the pros of using a cleansing water is that they are commonly gentle and hydrating. In my personal opinion, after using one for a while in my own double cleansing routine followed by a nightly moisturizer, I've found my skin feels far less tight and uncomfortable.

Another bonus? Dr. Luftman says that truly all skin types can reap the benefits—oily, dry, and combination! 

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#1 Don't Rinse It Off With Tap Water

Most cleansing waters, specifically micellar waters. are meant to be used in place of a cleanser + H2O situation. "The beauty of micellar water, particularly Simple Skincare Micellar Cleansing Water, is that by wiping the water onto the skin with a cotton round (or included in a wipe), skin hydration is actually increased while cleansing and removing makeup," explains Dr. Debra Luftman. 

#2 But You Might Need to Double Cleanse

OK, so you know how we just told you not to rinse? If you wear a lot of makeup, or a lot of waterproof makeup, and the cleansing water isn't cutting it, you might benefit from adding in another cleanser to your routine—AKA double cleansing. Dr. Luftman suggests using an oil-based cleanser for your skin to really free your skin of the product. 

#3 You'll Need a Cotton Pad

While the cleansing water will help break up any makeup on your face, you still need to remove it with something. Opt for circular cotton pads or even a washcloth, but make sure the latter is clean! 

Need a shopping suggestion? Simple Micellar Water ($6; walmart.com) is a tried-and-true classic, while Garnier Micellar Water ($7; target.com) is pro at taking off waterproof makeup. There's also Bioderma Cleansing Water ($13; jet.com), in case you want a supermodel-approved product in your life.

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