One of the biggest points of conversation in SA this year has been the Cape Town water crisis. Even though Day Zero has been pushed back to 2019, we are far from being in the clear, and as the whole country gets hotter and drier, all South Africans have been taking note of what we can do to save water. Here are ways to go water-free in your skincare and haircare routine so that you can do your bit.
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One of the most crucial steps to maintaining gorgeous skin is to make sure that you remove every trace of makeup at the end of the day. This will also make the rest of your cleansing routine much easier. Johnson’s Daily Essentials Clear Skin Facial Cleansing Wipes and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Facial Wipes not only get rid of product and build-up but also contain ingredients that are good for the overall health of your skin. Just don’t flush them down the loo – during a drought or at any other time!
Wash your face
One of the most fabulous and time-saving beauty inventions of the last few years has to be micellar water. This miracle liquid not only removes makeup, dirt and grime but also adds moisture to skin so that it stays plump and hydrated. In fact, it is a staple in the routines of beauty aficionados in South Korea and France. Nivea Perfect & Radiant Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Water and Garnier SkinActive Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water will eliminate the need for water and you’ll probably never look back.
Sanitise your hands
No water in the taps means no washing your hands after using ‘the facilities.’ Invest in hand sanitiser or a hand cream that contains antibacterial properties. The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream and Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Cream keep hands clean, fresh and moisturised. The *very* last thing you need is a tummy bug and no functioning toilet.
Condition your hair
Showering for a shorter amount of time is a key way to save water. Collecting water in buckets around your feet is all well and good, but what’s even better is reducing the time you spend in the shower. In order to successfully save time and water on hair-washing day, wash your hair, hop out and apply a leave-in conditioner. Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Not Your Mother’s Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Leave-In Conditioner are great options. One less step to worry about!
Keep hair clean
Worried about how you are going to manage your haircare routine if the taps run dry? How on earth are we meant to rinse our hair thoroughly enough using, at best, a camping-shower bag filled with precious drinking water? One way to get through the slump is to just wash your hair less and use a dry shampoo such as Balmain Dry Shampoo or Batiste Sassy & Daring Wild Dry Shampoo to fake your way to clean hair, at least for a couple more days.