What is micellar water and why it’s good for you
3 things: Soothing, moisturising and no rinsing required.
Makeup is great – nay, brilliant – for helping us feel like a million bucks even on days when we’re a little out of it but the removal and cleansing process, not so much.
There are specific removers for eyes and lips on top of the cleansers for the face. Once removed, you’ll need to follow up with toning, moisturising and for some, extra serums to help skin repair and renew to take on a new day of makeup again tomorrow. Even with the latest beauty gadgets made to minimise effort, it’s still a lot of work.
What if we told you that process can easily be condensed all into a single step with a thing called micellar water?
First popularised by the French, micellar water is soft water loaded with micelles – aka tiny balls of cleansing oil molecule – that naturally attract dirt and oil. This allows it to draw out the impurities from your skin and dissolve all makeup without harsh chemical reactions that can risk drying and wearing skin out.
The absence of alcohol and other drying chemical agents also makes it perfect for use around the sensitive eye area. The simple formula of the solution leaves skin to balance out its own oil levels and get softer, brighter and improved overall with prolonged use.
Best bit? No rinsing is required after use so you can head straight to bed after a long day at work or a night out partying.
Intrigued? Here are some of the most popular options out there.
Bioderma Sensibio H20
An industry favourite, Bioderma touts its micellar water as the first and only one made to be perfectl compatible with the skin, using fatty acid esters that are similar to the phospholipids of the skin cell membranes to naturally help rebuild the skin's hydrolipidic film.
La Mer Cleansing Micellar Water
La Mer reinforces the many benefits of micellar water with its signature marine nutrients, serving to lift impurities while hydrating and soothing the complexion as only La Mer can do. It micro emulsifies makeup so the complexion emerges pristinely refreshed, soothed and deeply cleansed.
Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur
Lancome's micellar cleansing water instantly removes makeup and impurities, even those of waterproof and longwear formulas in one easy step. It also comes with a soothing rose de France essence for a light veil of fragrance.
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
Hypo-allergenic and non-irritating, Caudalie's micellar cleansing water removes sebum, pollution, oils and makeup with a formula delicately scented with the fresh fragrance of orange, lemon blossom, watermelon and mint.
Made for ultra-sensitive skin, Ren Skincare's micellar water uses flower extracts to get the job done, among them , rosa damascena and rosa centifolia to decongest, soothe and protect the skin from pollutants.
La Roche-Posay Solution Micellaire
Working as beyond just a makeup remover, La Roche-Posay encourages users to use its micellar water also as a daily cleanser and toner due to its special formula that cleanses right down to microscopic pollution particles.
Aside from micellar water, another It ingredient of 2016 is the humble aloe vera.