We’ve all been hearing big things about Micellar water – how it’s the only product the ladies in France will use on their faces and that we, also, should be following suit and using only this. People have cried out “it’s amazing”, “it’s saved my skin” and so on, but many of us don’t know exactly what this miracle “water” even is, or why it’s supposedly so good for our skin.
So, this week, we thought we’d take a deeper look into it for you and gather all the elusive Micellar water info together in one easy spot, so you can make your mind up for yourself.
So, what exactly is Micellar water?
Micellar water looks and feels very much like regular water. It’s an extremely mild cleansing solution containing just micelle molecules (see below) and purified water, creating a make-up remover that lifts dirt, without excessively affecting the skin itself, like many other harsher solutions.
How does it work?
The micelles (the cleansing solution’s active ingredient) perform like miniature magnets, drawing out make-up, bacteria, impurities and any other dirt from the skin, allowing you to cleanse without excess rubbing and irritation of the skin.
Anything it can’t do?
Micellar water won’t remove a full face of make-up. You can really go at your make-up with several cotton pads drenched in the product but even then, many say they still don’t feel completely clear of make-up and daily grime. So, it’s recommended to use your regular daily cleansing method to remove tough make-up, foundation and mascara etc., and then finish with the Micellar water to remove every last bit and for your skin to be able to reap its wondrous benefits.
Which one to choose?
There are a lot of Micellar waters out there on the market, right now. And we mean, a lot. Each brand with their own Micellar water now also has multiple options for most skin types, giving us every option we could wish for, even if the selection at first seems slightly overwhelming.
Normal Skin – With normal skin, you can pretty much take your pick with this already gentle cleansing product. If your skin is slightly dry, Micellar water is even more perfect for you, due to its naturally hydrating nature and freedom from the usual drying ingredients often found in cleansers.
Combination Skin – Often oily, combination skin requires the regulation of oil in the key areas; forehead, nose and chin. By choosing a combination skin Micellar water, the solution will help to mattify these zones, removing excess oil but allowing necessary, natural oils to remain.
Sensitive – Sensitive skin is reactive to harsh products, so Micellar water could be the perfect solution for you. Opt for a choice which states perfume-free and gentle, which will add to the already mild nature of its use; aka zero scrubbing.
On the go – You can even pick up Micellar cleansing wipes now, instead of your go-to face wipes. Not recommended for daily evening cleansing routines, but super-handy for pre or post gym sessions and in-between sun cream application to reduce pore clogging.
It’s the miracle face cleansing solution that’s had everyone talking for well over a year now and the mood is not changing in the beauty industry. The benefits seem fantastic and agreed by thousands. So, if you’ve not jumped onto the Micellar bandwagon already, maybe now is the time to try it out.