Will washing your face with carbonated water give you the skin of your dreams?
There seems to be no end to new, admittedly kooky trends that all promise, one way or another, to give you the skin you want: soft, supple, and blemish- free; with today’s ingredient something you find in a cocktail: sparkling water.
Flavorful, fizzy, and satisfying on a hot day, carbonated water is all these to us Stateside babes, but for women in Japan and Korea, it’s apparently more than just a drink.
Cosmopolitan dug through the truth and the fiction for deets, and found that the ‘sparkling water facial’ or ‘fizzy face cleanse’ is beloved by Japanese and Korean women for the following reasons:
It has the same pH as your skin
For sure you’ve heard that in order for there to be harmony, you need balance; and it applies to skincare. Sparkling water is found to have a pH of 5.5 like your skin, while tap water usually has 7. So, go figure.
Sparkling water can unclog pores
There’s science to how all that fizz helps your skin: the carbonation aids in breaking up oil, dirt, and dead skin, resulting in a deeper clean. Whoah!
It increases the circulation in the skin
All that carbon you’re ingesting might actually be better applied topically, Cosmo found. The carbon brings more blood and oxygen to the skin’s tissues, giving your complexion a healthier, rosier glow.
Korean beauty peddling website Soko Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho says sparking water has long been in Asian products like sheet masks and toners.
There’s loads of other benefits to it, of which you can find out about in detail here, but will this be the one trend that has you hoarding Perrier by the pallet load and ultimately bankrupting you?!
Nah, doesn’t have to be.
It’s more economical to get a soda maker. You know, those tube things that pump carbon into normal drinks to make up that bubbly goodness?
“It’s a more eco-friendly way to get carbonated water, since you don’t have to keep purchasing bottles of it,” says New York dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engleman. “And the CO2 added to the water instantly lowers its pH levels, making it more skin friendly.”