Carbonated Water on the Skin and Hair

A frequently used skin and hair treatment among Japanese and Korean women

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Tammy Wu
Edited By:
Raja Sivamani , MD, MS, AP

Warm weather sure does call for a glass of sparkling water.  Did you know that not only could you drink carbonated water, but you could also use it on your skin and hair too!  And yes, carbonated water rinse for the face is a thing.  In fact, this method of use has become popular amongst many Japanese and Korean women to maintain their skin and hair. The carbonated water rinse is said to be able to improve skin circulation, firmness, tightness of the skin, clean the pores of dirt and oil, and remove the dead skin cells leaving a brighter-looking glow of the face. 


How Does Sparkling Water Work?

Carbonated water or sparkling water is basically carbon dioxide-infused (CO2) water.  A clinical study found that carbon dioxide-infused water helped with blood circulation. Subjects soaked their legs and feet in CO2-enriched water, which resulted in increased blood flow. The pH of sparkling water is similar to the pH of those with healthy, normal skin.


When Should You be Careful

If you have sensitive skin or rosacea on the face, this method should be used with caution and care, or even avoided as you do not want to overstimulate the face.


DIY Carbonated Water Facial Rinse


  1. Mix carbonated water and fresh water with a 1:1 ratio in a large container. Creating this mix prevents the sparkling water from being too harsh on the skin.
  2. Rinse or immerse your face in the large container for around 10-20 seconds. Make sure you don’t soak your face for too long as it could also stimulate your face.     

You could do this 1 or 2 times a week. Those of you with sensitive skin should just rinse your face and not soak to prevent overstimulation. Also, it is normal to feel a slightly bubbly and warm sensation when soaking.

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