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Hydration

Tap water:
friend or foe of sensitive skin?

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Michel Le MaitreScientific Advisor for Vichy dermatology

This is a question that always spurs debate. While some dermatologists believe that tap water dries out the skin and systematically advise against it, others recommend it unreservedly for skin with no particular weaknesses. One thing is for sure – the debate is far from over!

The voice of reason

For dermatologist Michel Le Maître, “tap water should be used correctly. The important thing is to preserve the optimal quality of the hydrolipidic film that creates a protective barrier on the skin’s surface.” For this there is only one solution: to observe how your skin reacts. Do you get a pulling feeling? Can you see redness? Limescale and chlorine act as irritants. But this doesn’t mean that tap water should be avoided completely. “Applying cold tap water to the skin can tighten pores and give you a bright complexion.”

Control the hardness of your water

Unless you live in the mountains, where tap water is significantly purer, you may need an alternative solution. In towns and cities water softeners are an ideal option. They can purify hard water from chlorine and scale with a filter system. If you use a water softener you can be sure that your skin’s cells will be restored to their natural beauty. To find out if you need to use a water softener, you can test your water using these strips, which measure water hardness.

How to care for your sensitive skin

Given that dermatologists unanimously recommend cleansing twice a day, in the morning and the evening, it’s important to do it properly. Of course, if you have sensitive skin, you should opt for products that don’t require rinsing, such as micellar solutions or a combination of a cleansing milk followed by a toning lotion – the gentlest way of cleansing your skin. Top off your cleansing routine by gently spraying your face with a soothing thermal water to dilute any limescale deposits that remain on the skin’s surface. Those who regularly apply eye make-up should use a two-phase lotion to gently remove eye shadow and then mascara. Place a cotton wool pad moistened with make-up remover on your eyelids, then dab it and press down for around ten seconds until all the make-up is dissolved. For your eyelashes, soak a cotton pad with make-up remover and fold it over and under your lashes. Pinch the pad together for a few seconds, then gently slide it towards the edge of your eye to remove all traces of mascara.

Learn how to give your skin the care it deserves!

If you want to achieve clear skin, you need to learn to cleanse the different areas of your face properly: your eyes, face, lips and neck. These videos created for you by Vichy experts will help you master the ideal techniques for facial cleansing.

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