Truth: We're a big fan of tried-and-tested beauty tips from the internet because we don't have to be the guinea pigs in case something horrible happens (half-joking). Today's discovery is not about some exotic product or extreme step, but it yielded results that are just as IMPRESSIVE.

Reddit user fortheloveofpugs89 (real nameĀ Christine) shared her experiment on washing her face with distilled water. She got the idea from a lady from Sephora. "I ran into a woman who had the glossiest skin I had ever seen. I asked her what her secret was, expecting a tale about Accutane or maybe birth control, but instead she told me 'A simple routine focusing on AHAs, antioxidants, and I will only wash my face with distilled water.'"

Christine lives in Utah and does some work in Southern California. Both places are known for having hard water, which has a high amount of pH and dissolved minerals. The contents can be damaging to the skin and can worsen eczema, acne, or rosacea. Distilled water, on the other hand, is free from impurities. She wasn't seeing results from her current skincare regimen (which is quite internet-famous for being effective), so she finally decided to try out the special hack. Here's a summary of her experiment:


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Name: Christine

Age: 28

Skin type: Acne-prone, oily, dehydrated, sensitive

AM skincare routine: CosRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol, Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream (as lip balm), Biore UV Aqua Rich

PM skincare routine: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil/Heimish All Clean Balm, CosRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol/CosRX AHA Whitehead Power Liquid, Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream (as lip balm)


Christine lost the redness on her face on Day 2, and her skin looked poreless on Day 4. On Day 14, she noticed that her complexion looked healthier and her eyelashes appeared luscious. By the end of her 30-day experiment, she was happy with how her skin felt really hydrated and smooth.


Some tips from Christine's experience:

  1. Filtered water is not the same as distilled water. Always check if the bottle really says "DISTILLED."
  2. Use a sprayer to avoid messy routines.
  3. Be consistent!

We think Christine's experiment is PURE genius (pun intended). French women also do not let tap water touch their faces, hence the birth of micellar water. So if you think your skincare products aren't working, maybe switching up your H20 will change everything!

H/t: Klog

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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