Beauty water is a very popular skincare product, and many of you probably have a bottle at home and maybe even use it every day.
This product is often advertised as a facial cleanser that doesn't require washing off. However, most experts say the opposite.
Beauty water is essentially a water solution that contains oil, water, and special amphiphilic emulsifiers. According to its composition, beauty waters can be divided into 3 types.
Waters based on classic emulsifiers
The first type is a beauty water that contains classical emulsifiers (based on PEG) in combination with a large number of co-solvents (butylene glycol, propylene glycol, etc.), and if left on the skin these components can cause dryness and irritation. No matter what the manufacturer says, this beauty water must be washed off.
Based on "green chemistry"
The second type is a beauty water based on “green chemistry” (Lauryl Glucoside, Coco Glucoside). These components belong to the class of low irritating and nontoxic, therefore products based on them can be used from time to time without being washed off.
Based on poloxamers
The third type is a beauty water based on poloxamers (Poloxamer 188, Poloxamer 407). These beauty waters are considered low irritating and don't require rinsing. Actually, they are the reason “does not require rinsing” labels appeared.
Beauty water ingredients contain not only micelles, but also other substances: preservatives, a small number of surfactants, etc. They can irritate the skin if constantly present on it. This won't happen in one day, but in two or three weeks of constant contact with these substances, the skin may become irritated, its barrier properties will deteriorate, and the sensitivity will increase.
Final word, all beauty waters are better (and safer) to be washed off.
- Korean Kiwi Beauty