Asian skincare has held the beauty world’s attention for the past few years with wacky ingredients (Snail gel) and zany tools (nose lifting clips and face razors etc) but there’s real science behind the latest K-Beauty export. And, if you already own a Soda Stream, it’s pretty much free.
Cleopatra reportedly bathed in milk but Soko Glam’s founder Charlotte Cho recommends stepping up your cleansing routine by swapping out H2O from the tap for seltzer water. As carbonated water has a lower pH (between pH3 and 4, which makes it slightly more acidic) than tap water (between pH6.5-8.5) it’s less likely to lead to dryness. Plus, it dilates the skin and widens blood vessels to create a smoother, brighter complexion.
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1. Pixi, Glow Tonic, £10
This chemical exfoliator uses Glycol acid to brighten and smooth the skin while calling on aloe vera to nourish at the same time. Say hello to a clean, clear and bright complexion.
‘Sparkling water not only helps cleanse your skin in a deeper way—its carbonation helps to break up the dirt and oil embedded in your pores—there are real benefits aesthetically,’ cosmetic dermatologist Dendy Engleman confirmed to Cosmopolitan. ‘For example, at room temperature, carbonated water becomes a vasodilator [normal water needs to be heated to have a vasodilation effect], meaning it triggers your blood vessels to open up, bringing the blood supply to your skin's tissue. This, in turn, enhances nutrient delivery, like oxygen, to the dermis [skin]; and the better your circulation is, the better your system will function, and the healthier your skin will look.’
Of course, the effects of washing your face with sparkling water is entirely dependent on the type of cleanser you use and its pH. But, there’s no doubt this would add razzmatazz to our bedtime rituals.