Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | March 22, 2012

Favorite Tip #26: The Universal Solvent

Favorite Tip #26:

Another tip for good skin is to wash your face with only water–no soaps, no astringents, no masks. After all, water is the universal solvent.



  1. Never thought of that. Duh…

    • Hi Patti, It’s so easy to miss in this complicated world. Cheers, Ashley

  2. In winter, a snow-scrub facial is lovely 🙂

    • Hi Tam, A “snow-scrub facial” sounds wonderful for those 100 degree days here in Texas, too. Cheers, Ashley

  3. friends who have lived in the third world for a period of time tell me we actually hurt ourselves by washing so often. I can’t follow that advice, but it makes sense

    • That’s very interesting, Louise. And it does make sense. Did your friends share any specifics about the kind of damage washing does? Cheers, Ashley

      • something about stripping the natural moisture from our skin and hair. they both said commented that because we wash so much, we need to. when they were forced to wash less frequently (they shampooed weekly), their hair stayed nicer for longer. interesting but i’m not willing to test it.

      • Sounds logical, Louise. Maybe I’ll try it, if my husband ever takes a very long business trip. Cheers, Ashley

  4. Since I’m in a drought prone area, showers are quick. So when I visit heavy water areas I indulge in either long hot baths or looong HOT showers. As far as facials, yep, just water. Sometimes cold. Then either avocado oil or a good organic face cream. Still manage to have decent skin (at older than 50) but my idea of make up is, yep, a good face cream.

    • Hi Mona, I hadn’t heard about avocado oil before. But avocados are very healthy food, so your tip makes sense. Cheers, Ashley

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