“IS TAP WATER RU­IN­ING MY SKIN?”

Find out if you should stop wash­ing your face with it.

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WHAT’S IN TAP WATER?

“Gen­er­ally speak­ing, tap water may some­times con­tain min­er­als, met­als or bac­te­ria that could pose risks of in­fec­tion, ir­ri­ta­tion, al­lergy or sen­si­tiv­ity” says Dr Priya, a con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist at Columbia Asia Hos­pi­tal, Petaling Jaya. It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant to know where your water comes from. Hard water is com­mon; it con­tains a high composition of min­er­als like iron, cop­per, zinc, and nickel, which can throw off your skin’s pH bal­ance and lead to ir­ri­ta­tion. The eas­i­est way to find out if you have hard water run­ning through your pipes is by notic­ing the con­di­tion of your faucet. If it’s stained, it’s time to con­sider other water options.

WHAT ELSE AF­FECTS IT?

“An­other fac­tor to ad­dress is the con­di­tion of the pipes car­ry­ing the water: whether there is rust and the likes that could con­tam­i­nate the water,” shares Dr Priya. Be­sides know­ing the source of your water, it’s good to take note of the sur­round­ings and how well main­tained the water fa­cil­i­ties are.

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

“My ad­vice is to use dis­tilled water – this is the best water to cleanse your skin. The next best options are fil­tered water or boiled water,” sug­gests Dr Priya. If these al­ter­na­tives aren’t prac­ti­cal for your life­style, you could re­store your skin’s pH bal­ance and re­plen­ish lost nu­tri­ents with a min­eral-rich mist or pHbal­anc­ing cleanser.

IS IT POS­SI­BLE TO RINSE WITH­OUT WATER?

They’re not gen­er­ally rec­om­mended, but there are prod­ucts that you do not have to rinse off. Al­ter­na­tively, mi­cel­lar water re­moves makeup while sub­se­quently hy­drat­ing the skin, so no rins­ing is re­quired. If you’re in need of a good ex­fo­li­a­tion, chem­i­cal peels work just as well as phys­i­cal scrubs – but mi­nus the rins­ing.

Phi­los­o­phy Mi­crode­liv­ery De­tox­i­fy­ing Oxy­gen Peel, RM249 Some things work best to­gether. This two-in-one peel has both the pu­ri­fy­ing ben­e­fits of a de­tox­i­fy­ing mask and the bright­en­ing ef­fects of an oxy­gen fa­cial – great news for tired skin.

Estelle & Thild BioCalm Soothing Mois­ture Day Cream, RM153 This day cream doesn’t con­tain harsh, syn­thetic chem­i­cals that cause ir­ri­ta­tion, opt­ing in­stead for soothing and nour­ish­ing in­gre­di­ents such as oat ex­tract to speed up heal­ing while restor­ing your skin’s pH bal­ance.

Ely­syle Hy­drat­ing Mist, RM263 This mist en­velopes your skin with the most hy­drat­ing and nour­ish­ing in­gre­di­ents from Ja­pan. It brings up hy­dra­tion lev­els to re­vi­talise your com­plex­ion and ban­ish dull­ness.

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