Truth: We're a big fan of tried-and-tested beauty tips from the internet. This way, we won't have to be the guinea pigs in case something horrible happens (half-joking). That said, today's discovery yielded results that are quite impressive.
Reddit user fortheloveofpugs89 (her name's Christine IRL) shared her experiment on washing her face with distilled water. "I ran into a woman who had the glossiest skin I had ever seen. I asked her what her secret was, expecting a tale about Accutane or maybe birth control, but instead she told me 'a simple routine focusing on AHAs, antioxidants, and [only washing her] face with distilled water,'" she wrote, explaining how she got the idea. And because she wasn't seeing results from her current skincare regimen, she decided to try it out.
Christine lives in Utah and does some work in Southern California. Both places are known to have hard water, which has high amounts of pH and dissolved minerals. The contents can be damaging to the skin and can worsen eczema, acne, or rosacea. Distilled water, on the other hand, is free from impurities.
Here's a summary of her experiment:
Skin type: Acne-prone, oily, dehydrated, sensitive
AM skincare routine: CosRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol, Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream (as lip balm), Biore UV Aqua Rich
PM skincare routine: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil/Heimish All Clean Balm, CosRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol/CosRX AHA Whitehead Power Liquid, Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream (as lip balm)
Christine lost the redness on her face on Day 2, and her skin started looking poreless on Day 4. After two weeks, she noticed that her complexion looked healthier and her eyelashes appeared luscious. By the end of her 30-day experiment, she shared how happy she was that her skin felt really hydrated and smooth.
Tips from Christine's experience:
1. Filtered water is not the same as distilled water. Always check if the bottle really says "DISTILLED."
2. Use a sprayer to avoid messy routines.
3. Be consistent!
Overall, we think Christine's experiment is PURE genius (pun intended). Did you know that French women also do not let tap water touch their faces? Hence the birth of micellar water. So if you think your skincare products aren't working, maybe switching up your H2O is the one thing you need to do!
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.