The Waterless Skincare Routine: How Does It Work?

Ever wanted to skip the water in your daily skincare routine? Products such as Bioderma Crealine and Garnier Micellar Water have made this temporarily possible, especially if you don’t feel like turning on the ice-cold tap first thing in the morning or late at night. So, what’s it like to cut out water altogether?

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How it works:

The waterless skincare routine is widely popular in Korea since it cuts out the ingredient of water in most creams and toners. Water isn’t exactly a bad thing, but it does make most formulas feel runny and muddy – not a good characteristic, especially if you’re spending money on high-end skincare.

Waterless skincare products are more concentrated and contain pure botanical extracts at their foundation. They also might be on the costly side, especially if you’re looking towards evening creams, peptides and toners.

If you’re curious about waterless skincare, incorporate a few of the following products into your routine – they are also on the cost-friendly side!


While essence isn’t as popular in the UK or USA as it is in Korea, this trend is quickly catching on and is effective on all skin types. The role of essence is to prep the skin before applying serums, toners and moisturisers. Apply a few drops on a cotton pad and spread it evenly across the forehead, cheeks and chin.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, $12.90


Similar to essence, toners are actually more astringent and assist the skin in absorbing serums and moisturisers. Apply them in the same way you would use an essence to make the skin shine from the inside out. If you’re prone to acne or scarring, toners aren’t recommended since they can cause irritation.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Innoxa Super Sensitive Shone Control Oil Free Toner, $14.95


Have you even realised that your moisturiser feels runny and watery? Look for a formula that skips the added water and is purely concentrated. Most water-based moisturisers are actually better for sensitive skin types since they don’t interfere with the average pH levels of the skin. A little goes a long way, and a small, pea-sized amount of product is enough for both the face and neck.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Creme, $35

Benefits of Rose Water For Skincare

Have you ever ever wondered why rose water is so relaxing? There are actually properties found in rose water which correspond with specific acupressure points in the face and body.

Whether you make it yourself, buy it from your chemist, or borrow it from your mum, there are a number of ways rose water can transform your skin.

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Many toners are packed with the essence of rose water because they act as an astringent. But what does this mean? It helps to restore the glow back to your skin, and is gentle enough to use on both your face, neck and even the entire body.

Benefits of Rose Water For Skincare

Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Toner, $13.95


Invest in a rose water cleanser since they carefully help to clean the skin (without over-drying it), and make your skin look and feel brand new.

Benefits of Rose Water For Skincare

Nuxe Lait Demaquillant Confort, $24.99

Facial mist

Refresh your face and body in the humid months of the year with a rose water mist. They help to bring back that youthful glow without making your face feel sticky or thick.

Benefits of Rose Water For Skincare

ModelCo Replenishing Rose Mist Facial Mist, $20


Not only are rose water moisturisers extremely relaxing, but they also smell incredible as well! Use daily on all skin types to nourish the skin from the inside out.

Benefits of Rose Water For Skincare

Trilogy Rose Hand Cream, $26.99


Any product with rose water will ultimately help those suffering from any kinds of acne. Not only is rose water antibacterial, but it isn’t harsh on the skin like other agents such as tea tree oil. You only need a small amount of product to treat a spot, and remove gently with lukewarm water to diminish its appearance.


Rose water is perfect for those suffering from rosacea since it’s clinically proven to subside any side effects. Apply onto a cotton pad, and dab into your problem areas before applying moisturiser or makeup for a perfect base.

Skin burn

Use rose water in the same way to treat sunburn and relieve dry, cracked skin. This is even applicable for those suffering from extremely sensitive skin, since it won’t further irritate the area.

What are some ways you use rose water?

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Why Are Toners So Important?

Ever thought why we need to use a toner on clean, dry skin? Toners work in a few different ways to keep acne in order, minimise pores, and even help to control the vapid pH levels on our skin.

Although they might take a while to work, they are an essential part of a balanced skincare routine – just as much as cleansing and moisturising!

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How do they actually work?

Toners are made from super-fine formulas which look and feel like water (but there are also cream toners) and work best when applied to clean, dry skin. Firstly, they help to balance the pH level on skin to 5.5 which is ideal for clear, healthy skin. Sometimes using too many chemicals and even tap water can turn the pH level too acidic, and this in turn creates redness, irritation and even increased amount of pimples.

Does my skin need a toner?

Your skin doesn’t need a toner, but is it important to use one. Over the years, toners have been used after cleansing to remove any extra bit of makeup or residue from the skin. Apply a few drops onto a cotton pad, and gently swipe upwards to the forehead. Take special care when using around the mouth, hairline, and eyes since it is ultra sensitive.

Toners are also used to tighten the skin, and minimise the appearance of enlarged pores. Think of it this way; hot water has the ability to open pores and remove any excess dirt and bacteria, but toners close them up afterwards. Don’t let this scare you! They are really easy to use, and help to remove any excess build-up of bacteria which cleansers can miss.

Can toners over-dry my skin?

Most toners are made from natural, plant-based ingredients and help to tighten the appearance of pores. Your skin might feel a little tight afterwards, but this is just because the toner is working! Only apply a few drops over problem areas such as the t-zone – you don’t need to apply a toner all over patches of skin that don’t require are not problematic.

Despite this, there still are a number of toners which are packed with alcohol to tame oily skin. This is probably why toners are initially feared in the beauty community, because some can completely dry the skin out and create extra irritation. Use a fragrance and alcohol-free formula if you suffer from extra-dry or sensitive skin, just to be safe. Follow-up with a hydrating moisturiser to lock-in a soft, smooth texture which is perfect for any skin type.

How can I use a toner?

The best time to use a toner is after cleansing the skin. Make sure your makeup has been completely removed (even that pesky mascara), and dry your face with a towel. Apply a few drops of toner onto a cotton pad (or between your palms), and gently pat onto your problem areas. As a general rule, don’t apply any type of skincare product over inflamed or damaged skin, since it could only make the area more irritable. Follow up with a serum, eye cream, and finally a hydrating moisturiser on both your face and neck.

Shop from three of our all-time favourite toners below:

Why Are Toners So Important?

1. Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, $55

2. Puretopia Refresh & Balance Hydrating Soothing Mist & Toner, $14.99

3, Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, $30

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Are You Washing Your Face Correctly?

Is there a right way to wash your face? There certainly is if you wish to keep your skin feeling young and want to avoid premature ageing. We recently by a video featuring Isabelle Bellis who amongst other things, works as a facialist in New York City. The French-born beauty follows a specific routine of face washing, which is oddly therapeutic and will forever change the way you think about your skin.

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If you haven’t caught the entire how-to by Isabelle, below are just a few key points she makes for everyone who wants to switch-up their facial cleansing routine.

Thermal Spring Water

If you want to remove your makeup, use a gentle thermal water to break down those particles on the skin. Thermal water is mild, and has a lower p.H level in comparison to tap water, so it’s better for your skin. Spray the product onto a large cotton pad, and gently dab across the skin to loosen up your makeup.

Cleansing milk

Invest in a quality cleanser which is specifically formulated for your skin type; whether that is dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or even acne-prone. By nature, cleansers aren’t too drying on the skin, so they won’t make matters worse (in comparison to using an exfoliator). Massage a cleansing milk over your skin, with circular motions. This technique called ‘swimming’ essentially means that you’re moving the product all over your face, but also boosting blood-flow and circulation under the skin.

Tepid water

Immediately after this, wash your face with tepid water (not too cold, not too hot), and gently dab dry with a soft face towel. Give your face another quick spritz with the thermal water to break down the particles in the tap water – then dry with tissues. Tissues are often softer on the skin, and won’t leave a residue from the cotton.


Finally before applying moisturiser, Isabelle insists that you must use a toner. Treat your skin like silk, so don’t tug at it, avoid rubbing skin (especially around the eyes!) and confine toner to problem areas such as the forehead, cheeks, and chin. Then moisturise by dabbing the product gently onto your face, and again swimming around the eyes. This is a perfect motion since it won’t cause the skin to tear which can lead to premature ageing.

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5 Skincare Products For A Flawless Base

Flawless skin doesn’t have to be an unattainable goal, that is if you take care of your skin and use a reliable skincare routine each day. Great skin comes down to four main parts: cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturising in the morning and at night. Keep reading to find our choice of products that will quickly be your new skincare saviour.

Milk And Co Face Cleanser with Goji Fruit Extract, Ylang Ylang Oil and Hibiscus Flower Extract, $16.95

This sweet smelling facial cleanser is light on the skin, but just what you need to remove oil, makeup and anything else that has accumulated onto your face during the day. The non-drying formula allows your skin to breathe, but is also an amazing product to cleanse the skin before applying a toner. Gentle enough to use everyday, without fear of breaking out even sensitive skin, or feeling too dry. For best results, follow with a moisturiser at night, or a toner/primer to start the day.

Puretopia Smooth and Renew Gentle Exfoliating Face Scrub, $9.95

Exfoliators should be used once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells off the surface of the skin. Puretopia have created a 100% sulfate, paraben and soap free scrub, packed with silica and limestone to gently remove dead skin cells, and keep your skin feeling soft and fresh. Appropriate for all skin types, as the formula is not overly drying, and has a fragrant tangerine flower scent that is creamy and easy to apply.

La Roche Posay Physiological Soothing Toner, $26

French pharmaceutical brand La Roche Posay have a variety of skincare products that will transform your skin, including the Physiological Soothing Toner. A toner is best to use after you have cleansed/exfoliated your face, and works to remove make-up easily, cleanse, and prep skin for makeup or moisturiser. The formula is perfect for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin as it is non-comedogenic, soap free, alcohol free, colorant free and paraben free.

Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair, $95

There is no exact age which dictates when you should start using an eye cream, or serum. The Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair is a holy grail product, since it is proven to fight all visible signs of ageing, and promotes skin’s nightly renewal. Before you moisturise your face, apply a few drops and massage onto the face and neck. The serum is packed with Hyaluronic Acid which locks in moisture, which helps the skin to repair itself throughout the night.

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron, $35

We’ve saved the best until last, with Indeed Laboratories and their miracle product, Hydraluron. This moisture booster is filled with the purest hyaluronic acid that holds up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, which will dramatically change the look and feel of your skin. Best used after cleansing, apply all over your skin (we apply onto the neck as well) leave it to sink in for a few minutes, then apply moisturiser or makeup, since it works just as well as a primer.

What are some of your skincare must-haves?


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