What is Water-Free Skin Care (Why it is Best for Your Skin and Your Planet)

When it comes to skincare, there are plenty of products and regimen options to choose from. With so many different options available, it can be challenging to know which one is best for you. 

Water-free skin care products are precisely what they sound like – skincare products that do not contain any water. These products are often oil-based, which can help to lock in moisture and prevent your skin from feeling dry or tight. Water-free skincare products can also be less irritating to the skin, making them a good option for those with sensitive skin.

 What are the benefits of water-free skin care?

Water-free skincare products are becoming increasingly popular for several reasons. For one, they are more sustainable and environmentally friendly than traditional water-based products. Water-free products also tend to be more concentrated and effective, as they don’t contain any fillers or diluting agents. Additionally, many people find that water-free products are less drying and irritating to the skin.

Water-based products require high amounts of synthetic preservation since water breeds bacteria. A water-free product, mostly, can be preserved with more natural or earth-friendly preservatives.

 Dry formulas also mean smaller packaging made of fewer materials. Likewise, lighter, smaller packaging reduces shipping weight and space, resultantly reducing the overall carbon footprint.

 Moreover, because these skin care products are concentrated, and more protected waterless cosmetic and skin care essentials also tend to last long.

What are the best water-free skincare products?

There are a growing number of skincare companies that are offering water-free products. Water-free skincare products are often made with higher quality ingredients and can be more effective than products that contain water. Water-free skincare products can be more expensive, but they are usually worth the investment.

If you are looking for the best water-free skin care products, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Look for products that are made with natural and organic ingredients. These products will be gentle on your skin and will be less likely to irritate.
  2. Look for products that are free of harsh chemicals. Many water-free skin care products are made with plant-based ingredients that are gentle on the skin.
  3. Look for products that are designed for your specific skin type.

 How to transition to water-free skincare

If you are interested in making the switch to water-free skin care, here are a few tips to help you get started:

Do your research

Not all water-free skin care products are created equal. Make sure to do your research and find products that are right for your skin type and needs.

See the price tag

Water-free products may be more expensive than traditional products. Additionally, they may require a bit of trial and error to find the right products for your skin type. 

Start by slowly transitioning your most-used products. 

If you use a water-based cleanser, moisturizer, and serum, switch to equivalents that don’t require water. You can look for products that are oil-based, gel-based, or wax-based.

Pay attention to your skin. 

As you make the transition to water-free skin care, pay attention to how your skin responds. If you notice that your skin is becoming dry or irritated, try using different products or adjusting your routine.

Don’t forget about sunscreen.

Just because you’re not using water-based products doesn’t mean you can skip the SPF.

 Why water-free skin care is best for the planet

The average person uses over two gallons of water per day just by washing their face, brushing their teeth, and taking a shower. That’s a lot of water! And it’s not just the water that’s the problem. The chemicals in traditional skincare products end up in our water supply, polluting our rivers and lakes.

Enter water-free skincare. Water-free skincare is made without any water, which means there’s no water pollution. And since water-free skincare products don’t contain any water, they often last longer, so you don’t have to buy them as often. That means less packaging and less waste.

So not only is water-free skincare better for your skin, it’s also better for the planet. 

 How to get involved in the water-free skincare movement

The water-free skincare movement is to support brands that are committed to using less water in their products. This can be done by buying from brands that use sustainable packagings, such as glass or bamboo, or by supporting brands that use innovative technologies to reduce water usage. You can also look for brands that donate a portion of their proceeds to water conservation initiatives.

To wrap things up about water-free skincare.

Waterless skincare has many benefits, from being more environmentally friendly to being more concentrated and effective. If you’re interested in trying out a waterless skincare routine, we recommend starting with a small change, like using a waterless face wash.

There are a few things to keep in mind when using waterless skincare products. First, be sure to read the labels carefully. Waterless products often have different (and sometimes more) active ingredients than their traditional counterparts, so it’s essential to understand what you’re putting on your skin. Second, start slowly. Waterless skincare products can be more concentrated than traditional products, so it’s essential to build up your tolerance for them gradually.


Ora’s water-free skincare

Amanda Abramson, COO of Ora’s Amazing Herbal, says, “Water in skincare can encourage the growth of bacteria and mold, which means skincare that needs water also needs chemical preservatives to keep it fresh.

Since water and oils naturally separate, moisturizers such as lotions and creams need to include chemical emulsifiers (the compounds that keep lotion mixed together, binding water and oil). By skipping the water when we manufacture our products, we get to avoid chemical emulsifiers and preservatives, which can cause irritation and dry out the skin in the long run.

Whether it is a face cleanser or body butter, adding water at home allows you to choose the consistency of your skincare and empowers/ encourages you to pay attention to your skin care needs.

Since we are not adding extra weight by shipping water, all of our skincare products cost less to ship and reduce our carbon footprint, making it better for the earth!”

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