The Water-Only Beauty Routine | Into The Gloss

The Water-Only Beauty Routine | Into The Gloss

Hi! It’s Ali, Associate Editor, writing. Before you dive into the story under, I wish to let you know slightly bit about Ariana Roberts. She’s a good friend of a good friend I met by way of Instagram—she has a job in sustainability, a dry-as-a-bone humorousness, and a water-only magnificence routine. You learn that proper, of us: her thick, bouncy curls and pure glow are due to nothing however H2O. Ariana’s been water-only for over seven years now, however mentally, I could not transfer previous the primary few weeks of what that course of might need been like. So after following her for some time, I reached out to be taught every little thing. Below, what going water-only was like, in her personal phrases.

“I moved to France to work for the state, doing carbon seize and storage. It was a very cool job—I’d journey throughout France, connect hydrogen to rock formations, after which analyze the way it expands. At that time I used to be a giant product junkie. I acquired facials each week or bi-weekly, and I used to be getting my hair blown out each week.

The laborious water in Paris was actually tough on my hair. Between that and my Japanese thermal straightening therapy, my hair stopped rising and I knew I needed to simply reduce all of it off. And the water plus stress was additionally breaking out my pores and skin. I attempted a bunch of merchandise, all approached from a sustainability perspective. Buly 1803 and Grand Cafe Tortoni each have bulk merchandise in lovely glass packaging. I attempted RMS make-up, oil cleaning, each micellar water, Retin-A… I at all times tried to maintain weight loss program, however I additionally began taking zinc dietary supplements to attempt to heal it internally. I attempted each product there was, and nothing was serving to. It was so irritating—I lived on this lovely metropolis, and I actually didn’t exit as a result of I used to be so self-conscious about my pores and skin. I believed that I needed to put on a lot make-up, but it surely made every little thing worse.

In 2013, I went on a visit to Morocco. I met a lady there who had probably the most lovely hair and pores and skin, so I requested her what she did. Apart from henna to cowl her grays, she simply used water—water to clean her hair, and water to clean her face at night time. Since merchandise weren’t working for me, I made a decision I’d give {that a} attempt. And that’s probably the most sustainable factor of all anyway. I can’t think about what number of bottles of packaging I’ve saved.

I put a filter in my toilet, the Arirangion Ionizer, and that helped rather a lot. My pores and skin’s transition was very easy—I simply began washing with solely water and a washcloth at night time, and as quickly as I did that, my pores and skin began to enhance. There was extra trial and error with my hair. There’s a number of info on-line about going water-only, and entire boards on Livejournal of individuals’s experiences. I believe the place folks go improper isn’t realizing that if you don’t have the surfactants in shampoo that will help you take away impurities, you must do it your self. It’s a number of elbow grease. In the bathe I actually have to clean to mechanically take away the dust. I wash my hair each two weeks, which incorporates scrubbing, and in between I simply rinse. To stop my hair from getting sweaty and soiled once I work out, I put on a very thick cotton headband and a ponytail. There’s additionally a course of referred to as scrinching, the place you therapeutic massage your hair together with your fingertips to distribute the pure oils. Lots of individuals scrinch their hair three or 4 occasions a day, however as a result of my hair is dry and curly, I solely wanted to do it twice a day. In the start my hair acquired a waxy patch on high, and blowouts helped in the course of the transition interval. But after that, I completely stopped warmth styling. I don’t even personal a hair dryer or a curling iron now—if I need a type, I do heatless rag curls.

My mother and grandma have been very fearful once I stopped getting facials and went water-only. I really suppose they have been fearful that I’d completely given up—and perhaps that I’d scent or one thing. For the file, I don’t scent. I by no means stopped utilizing physique cleaning soap, and my hair actually doesn’t scent like something. People who know I’m water solely, even whole strangers, at all times ask to scent my hair. There’s no scent! Anyway, my grandma was at all times making an attempt to purchase me BB cream and stuff, however she ended up admitting that my hair and pores and skin improved rather a lot. And now she’s water-only for probably the most half too. She had been for many of her life, till she acquired rather a lot older and got here to this nation from Korea—there are cities in Korea the place they simply wash their hair with rice water. They have lengthy, thick, shiny hair and it doesn’t scent.

During COVID, I’ve needed to get again into merchandise simply to really feel a bit pampered. But I’m hesitant once I buy one thing new, as a result of probably the most sustainable product is the one you’ll really use. The solely make-up merchandise I’ve are Ilia mascara and a lip and cheek tint from Urb Apothecary, which is vegan and is available in zero-waste packaging. And now I’m beginning to moisturize and use sunscreen daily, and typically I put Bathing Culture oil on my face and physique. I don’t suppose I’ll ever return to utilizing merchandise on my hair.

With water-only, I at all times inform those who you must determine what works for you. Everybody’s genetics, way of life, and atmosphere are completely different. That was the toughest half—once I tried to repeat what different folks have been doing, it didn’t work out. My transition interval would most likely have been rather a lot shorter if I used to be engaged on discovering what labored for me as a substitute of getting slowed down with researching what different folks have been doing. If you wish to attempt water-only, determine your individual circumstances and adapt your routine to them.”

—as instructed to ITG

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