Switching to Waterless Skincare

Switching to Waterless Skincare

Did you know that a regular shampoo bottle contains around 70 to 85% water? With water scarcity being a serious concern in our environment, it has never been more important to help improve water conservation – which means going beyond turning off the tap when brushing your teeth. Switching to a waterless skincare routine is a small change you can make for a big impact, so we've put together some easy steps to help you make the change.

What is Waterless Skincare?

Waterless skincare simply refers to products that are formulated without the use of water. These usually come in dry, compact, solid bars or powder form products of highly concentrated active ingredients.

6 Reasons To Choose Waterless Products

1. Products are not diluted

Some of the most popular best-selling beauty and skincare products contain up to 90% water. This is typically listed high up in the ingredients list under the term "aqua/water". Essentially this means that you are buying a large plastic bottle of heavily diluted ingredients containing high volumes of water, rather than the actual active ingredients of a product. Buying waterless products means you're only going to be paying for the good stuff.

2. They last a lot longer

A little goes a long way with waterless skincare. Precisely because they're not diluted like regular skincare products, solid, waterless beauty products contain a highly concentrated formula of active ingredients which means that they last much longer. A solid shampoo bar can last up to 60 washes!

3. Save water, save the planet

Communities across various regions of the world are facing severe water shortages. Did you know that according to the UN 1.2 billion people in the world live in areas of water scarcity? By switching to solid waterless skincare, you can help conserve the precious resource of water. It also means that less water will be transported from manufacturers to your bathroom, hugely reducing CO2 emissions.

4. Less plastic packaging

Waterless soap bars, whether they're for skincare, body care or hair care, require less packaging and are usually always packaged in compostable, plastic-free packaging. Switching to waterless skincare is probably one of the easiest ways to start reducing your plastic waste and carbon footprint!

5. Save money

Besides being kind to the planet, waterless skincare products are also kind to your wallet. If you look after them right, by keeping them dry in between washes, your solid beauty bars can last between 6 months to a year! This means you'll be wasting a lot less money than if you were to constantly buy regular shampoo or conditioner bottles.

6. They're travel friendly

A little extra perk of switching to waterless skincare is that you can say goodbye to that silly little see-through plastic bag at security when you travel. Solid waterless skincare bars means a stress and liquid-free journey through airport security!

Switching to Waterless Skincare

The Ultimate Waterless Skincare Routine

We've put together a list of our favourite zero-waste solid beauty products to help you build the ultimate waterless skincare routine.


Starting off with SBTRCT's Makeup Melt to melt away any makeup (including waterproof mascara) and remove any grime accumulated on your skin. Simply warm the product between your hands until it starts to ease, massage over a dry face, then add a little warm water to form a milk cleanser and rinse off with a damp cloth.


Once your skin is makeup-free and clean, the next step is to give your face a thorough cleanse with SBTRCT's Gentle Foaming Cleanser to rinse away any residue, leaving your skin soft, moisturised and clean. To use the solid cleanser bar simply rub the product in wet hands to lather, as if you were washing your hands, then apply to your face and wash thoroughly.


After cleansing, its important to moisturise your skin to protect your skin from any dryness and lack of moisture. SBTRCT's Solid Moisturising Facial Balm contains ingredients that help to promote skin firmness and elasticity whilst maintaining moisture balance. To use this solid facial moisturiser simply warm up the product by rubbing it between your hands until you feel it begin to ease, then simply massage over your face using your hands.


When it comes to washing your hair we recommend Centred's vegan, silicone and sulphate-free Altered State Solid Shampoo Bar, which is designed to strengthen and moisturise hair whilst soothing the scalp and energising hair follicles. Centred's solid shampoo bar contains a sweet citrus fragrance and a highly concentrated formula that can last you up to 60 washes!


For a zero-waste, waterless body moisturiser try the Renewal Concentrate Solid Moisturiser by Savon Stories. Simply massage onto your body and let it melt into your skin leaving it nourished and hydrated instantly. As it is not diluted in water like most body moisturisers, this solid moisturising bar works to deliver effective results fast.

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