In the last few months, and especially few weeks, I've done a number to my hair. On Sunday it was super dry. So I haven't showered since then. Which means that I also haven't bothered to wash my face since then. I've already been doing water-only successfully for a few years so not washing my face now for a while really doesn't make my skin look or feel gross or unclean. I had also exfoliated with a dry washcloth (my version of dry-brushing) but was a bit too harsh on my skin, and in these few days my skin has been recovering much better.
So, I've decided to give the no-water routine another shot.
Over the last few years I've discovered that:
1) My skin gets dehydrated easily, and exfoliating helps to relieve this dehydration. But with regular exposure to water it doesn't last.
2) My skin gets a bit clogged (mostly forehead) when I have more build-up in my hair, even though my hair doesn't touch my face
With this in mind, I've decided that my routine will basically consist of showering as needed for my hair and body (will likely be most days still) while not getting my face wet. Because of steam and minor splashes of water, I WILL still get some water on my face, so if I feel the need I will blot my face off with a towel after my shower. Between once and three times a week I will dry-brush with a baby washcloth to help remove any build-up of dead skin and to help with clogs. if I wear eye makeup, I will use my normal eye makeup remover and just wipe it off with a damp cloth or cotton pad.
I really don't know how my skin will respond, but I figure that I might as well give it a go, especially since I've still been experiencing issues with flaking skin. My guess is that it's a combo of hard water and mineral deposits, and not using moisturizer with said hard water.
(And just to mention, I'm going to give no-poo another shot, probably a smaller quantity of baking soda and then the customary 1tbsp vinegar to 1cup water ratio. I think I might do this today actually, I might be back with an update!)