Peep any product’s ingredient list and you will likely see water at the top. That’s because water has traditionally been used as a solvent for other ingredients to mix with, thereby creating a more “cosmetically elegant” (read: easier to spread) formula for application.
While water itself isn’t a harmful ingredient, some environmentally-minded folks question the practice of relying on it so heavily in product formulation. To put it into context: At our current consumption rate, the World Wildlife Fund predicts that by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages.
As one potential solution to this issue, more beauty companies are starting to roll out “waterless” or “water-free” products. So in place of liquid face washes and shampoos, we’re seeing powder-based cleansers that morph into foam when activated in the shower.
Not only do these products cut back on water consumption overall, but in doing so, they also reduce the amount of packaging used, which decreases the fuel required to ship products to their final destinations. The fact that they’re also fun to use and easier-to-pack in a carryon is a bonus. Ahead, five of our favorite waterless products to use from head to toe.
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Since its launch in 2012, this Meghan Markle-approved cleanser has stayed a bestseller in the line, adding three more variations to suit oily, dry and sensitive skin types. The water-activated wash uses a base of finely ground rice bran to gently whisk away dead skin cells, so you get a smoother, brighter complexion. To use, pour ½ teaspoon of the powder onto wet hands and rub them together to create a cloudlike foam. Massage the foam into skin for 15 seconds to allow the ingredients to work their magic.
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Vitamin C is a notoriously fickle ingredient that degrades easily when exposed to everyday elements like heat, light and even air—all of which can weaken its potency over time. That said, it’s also one of the best ingredients for combatting dullness. Luckily for us, Versed cracked the code with this powdered vitamin C that stays fresh until the very last drop. Mix two shakes of powder with your moisturizer to …….