It might sound a little hysterical to say that micellar water may save your life, but we can unequivocally say it may save your skin.
It’s not a toner. It’s not a cleansing milk. It’s definitely not a face wash. Micellar water is a skincare product that removes makeup and cleanses the skin, without the need for rinsing.
There’s washing your face with soap and water, and then there’s cleansing with micellar water. While this product may sound like a fancy French monoprix find, it’s actually pretty simple.
How Does It Work?
Micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. The idea is that micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying out the skin. Therefore, micellar water can be used as a facial wash, makeup remover and moisturizer all in one.
It looks like water, it has the viscosity of water but when you put it on your finger and feel, it has a different texture than water.
Beauty brands, including Garnier, Lancôme and Borghese, have caught on to the micellar water trend and introduced masses to its goodness. They’re marketed as the perfect beauty travel product because it comes in handy when vacationing, camping or visiting places where no running water is easily accessible.
However, this product has been around since the days when people weren’t dealing with traditional plumbing and the water in France was really harsh on the skin.
How Do You Use It?
Soak a cotton wool ball with the solution and sweep it across your whole face, paying special attention to the eye and lip area if you are removing makeup. There is no need to rinse afterwards. Just enjoy the clean, fresh sensation, then apply a suitable serum or moisturiser to your skin. Micellar waters are great for travel or for situations where no running water is easily available. Whether you’re heading off on a camping trip, running a photo shoot, on a long-haul flight or just want the added convenience of a one-step cleansing process, micellar water means you don’t need to compromise your skincare routine.
Obviously with technology and fancy soaps, it fell to the wayside. But it has made a resurgence to become one of those on-set makeup artist, fashion show staples because it can remove an entire face of makeup without leaving oil behind like most makeup cleansers do.
What Skin Types Is Micellar Water Best For?
We recommend micellar water for people with dry and sensitive skin types because it is so gentle and hydrating. A typical foamy wash can strip the skin and leave behind harsh chemicals, further drying out dry and sensitive skin. And unlike many toners, micellar water does not contain alcohol and never stings.
Which Brands Do We Recommend?