Viva Challenge: saving water in beauty routines
I was inspired to run this challenge after listening to one of the radio programs this week on water conservation. Let’s try save some water while maintaining our beauty routines! I admit that this is hard because we’ve been taught to maintain good hygiene and to cleanse our face thoroughly. So how can we effectively save water that way? Here are six tried and tested ways recommended by Viva Woman.
1. Cleanse your face no more than twice a day
Although it’s important to make sure we keep our faces clean, but it’s really no good to wash our faces too often. Twice a day is about right to ensure that we do not strip away the natural lipids on our skin. In fact, if you wash more often in a day, you might find your skin getting oilier as a result because the skin will secrete more sebum when it becomes dryer. So if you have oily skin, the solution is not to wash more frequently but rather to hydrate more with a water-based moisturizer.
2. Wash your face and brush your teeth in the shower
Many of you are probably doing this already and while the multi-tasking can help with conserving water, but do be more conscious about the free flowing water. Turn off the tap when you don’t need it – like when you’re brushing your teeth, washing your face or lathering soap on your body. In fact, it is said that turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, which equals 240 gallons a month! (source)
3. Recycle your washing water
Okay, some of you may still prefer to wash your face at the sink and that’s perfectly fine. While lathering, remember to turn off the tap. In addition, consider using a stopper at the sink to collect some of the water to flush the toilet bowl – especially when you’ve doing your final rinse. I often do that especially when I’m washing my hands just before I apply my beauty treatments.
4. Use a towel to wipe off your mask
If you’re regularly applying face mask that needs to be washed off, I’m sure you know the amount of water you need to use to rinse whatever is on your face. It’s a lot! Unless your face mask does not allow for wiping off, consider using a dripping wet face towel to wipe off the stuff on your face before washing with running water.
5. Take a shower not a bath
A bath can be very pampering and hence should not be a daily indulgence as the copious amount of water used is truly wasteful. A shower is quick, saves time and saves water too. According to EPA, a full bath tub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. But if you must indulge in your bath, I suggest you recycle the water in some ways like washing your toilet! I do that whenever my son wants to have some bath time.
6. Scrub your feet and do your nails in the shower
For those who do your own manicure or pedicure, you might want to do some of your routines while in the shower. Of course you can’t paint your nails in the shower but you can scrub your feet or push your cuticles while in the shower as the warm water will help to soften the skin and makes these so much easier to perform. And remember to turn off the running water while doing so!
Some of you may think that this is a waste of time since there is not much to save anyway so why not focus on bigger ways to save water. Well, as in everything, start from small and from ourselves. Plus staying beautiful doesn’t mean having to waste resources right?
And do contribute your tips on saving water when it comes to maintaining your beauty routines!