Have you heard about this recent trend called micellar water?
If not then listen up, as it’s about time that you familiarised yourself with this product that could soon become one of your favourite staple products in your beauty regime, and your go-to cleanser.
Although micellar water has been around for decades, not many people are familiar with this miracle water which is also known as cleansing water.
However, unlike your everyday cleanser, micellar water doesn’t need to be rinsed off after.
What is Micellar Water?
Micellar water, pronounced me-sell-air, originates from France and is a soap-free cleansing water that doesn’t need rinsing. The French women were the first to begin using this product when the water in France was too awful and harsh to use on their face.
Even now that the water and plumbing in France have dramatically improved, micellar water is still widely used by many of the women in France who wouldn’t be without this cleansing water!
Micellar water is a gentle alternative to other harsh cleansers and facial wipes and it is made up from micelles, which are small balls of cleansing oil which float in a gentle water.
On first sight, it may just look like ordinary water in a bottle, but don’t be fooled! It works like magic on your skin and is recommended by many makeup artists and models, and unlike other toners, micellar water doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or alcohol. Your skin really will thank you for giving this product a go.
Micellar water is best used by people who have dry and sensitive skin types because of its gentle and hydrating properties, and the good news is micellar water is widely available so you don’t need to take a special trip to France to purchase a bottle!
How Micelles Work…
A micelle (cleansing agent) is a formation of many molecules made up of oil
Working together in tiny clusters…
The microscopic micelle molecules form into minute ball-like clusters which protect the skins barrier
The micelles trap and remove all impurities from the skin with no need for rinsing
The microscopic micelle molecules work by effectively lifting makeup, dirt, oil and any other impurities from the surface of the skin.
1. Effectively Removes Makeup
Micellar water is great for removing all traces of makeup and impurities and will not leave any oily residue behind which other cleansers tend to do. To use, simply saturate a cotton wool pad in micellar water and wipe across your face, eyes and lips to remove your makeup, and some micellar waters even remove waterproof mascara. To remove heavier makeup from the eye area, lightly press the cotton wool pad to your eyes and hold it there for a few seconds before wiping away. Because of is effectiveness you don’t need to rub it into the skin.
2. It’s Hydrating and Nourishing to The Skin
As it contains no harsh chemicals or alcohol which tend to dry out the skin, micellar water is extremely hydrating and nourishing and won’t affect the skins natural protective barrier, keeping your skin feeling perfectly balanced and hydrated all day long.
3. Especially Beneficial For Sensitive Skin
Micellar water is especially beneficial to those of you with dry and sensitive skin, as it has hydrating properties that won’t irritate the skin. Micellar water is even gentle enough to use on the delicate eye area and will leave your skin feeling fresh. You will be wishing you had found this miracle product years ago!
4. Will Leave you With Visibly Clearer Skin
Micellar water contains cleansing agents that that naturally remove sebum and wax-based properties from your skin which are known to cause breakouts. Because the water is extremely gentle on the skin, it won’t cause any irritation or redness and will leave your skin looking radiant, spot free and visibly clearer.
5. Use It to Correct Makeup Mishaps
Do you find yourself sometimes needing a quick fix with your makeup mishaps such as your lipstick or eyeliner and not sure what to use? Then fret no more – micellar water is your answer. Simply dip a cotton bud or cotton wool pad into the micellar water and use it to erase any makeup mishaps that have occurred without the need to start again.
6. Refresh’s Your Skin
Micellar water is especially beneficial when you return from a heavy night out and you’re feeling too lazy or tired to wash your face. Simply leave a bottle and some cotton wool pads on your bedside table, so you can remove your makeup from the comfort of your bed and by morning your skin will be perfectly clear and fresh.
7. Great For Travel
Because Micellar water acts as an all-in-one makeup remover, cleanser and toner, there is no need for separate products. It’s also perfect when there is no running water to hand to wash or splash on your face, just use your micellar water!
8. Great For Post-workout
Micellar water is great to use on your skin after you have been to the gym or done a workout at home. It’s very important to clean your skin immediatly after working out, otherwise, your skin will retain the build-up of sweat, oil and dirt which will lead to clogged pores and will affect your skins natural PH, leading to skin breakouts.
My Top Picks:
Now, before you rush out and buy yourself a bottle of this wonder water, it’s important to figure out which one is suitable for your skin tone. The good news is that micellar water is suitable for pratically everyone – from dry skin to oily skin and even those of you with sensitive skin, there is a bottle out there to suit everyone. Have a look at the options below to see which one would be best suited to your skin type.
This product is great for those of you with troublesome skin such as acne and sensitive skin and won’t dry out your skin. It’s alcohol-free, soap-free, colouring-free and hypoallergenic, so won’t cause any discomfort to your skin.
This product is extremely gentle on the skin and will leave your skin feeling fresh, soft and moisturised. It has a pleasant scent and won’t irritate your skin or leave a sticky or greasy residue behind. It’s effective at removing makeup from the face, eyes and lips and is especially beneficial to those of you with sensitive skin. It’s also extremely rich in soothing and anti-irritating Avene Thermal Spring Water.
It does what it promises on the bottle and no doubt you will fall in love with this product and the effect it will have on your skin.
This product is extremely refreshing and feels as if you have just washed your face in water. It cuts through makeup with ease and is extremely gentle on the skin and great for sensitive skin and extremely effective at removing stubborn eye makeup (including waterproof makeup). This is a superior product and fragrance-free so it won’t cause you any irritation or discomfort.
This product is great for mature and sensitive skin and has smoothing and hydrating properties and is also fragrance-free. It gently removes all traces of makeup without the need for rubbing and won’t leave your skin feeling tight like some toners do.
It will revitalise your skin and reduce signs of fatigue, leaving your skin feeling deeply cleansed, soothed, refreshed and silky soft.
An all in one Micellar water, with Azahar flower, to effectively remove makeup from the face, eyes and lips and any impurities on the skin.
This product is particularly beneficial for irritated skin, sensitive skin and skin prone to redness or rosacea. It’s extremely refreshing, with a light fragrance that smells amazing. This micellar water will leave your skin feeling clean and soft to the touch.
This amazing all-in-one cleansing water is extremely tough on dirt, oil and makeup, yet is extremely mild on the skin and won’t unsettle the skins natural PH balance, making it extremely suitable for those with acne-prone complexions and people with dry and sensitive skin. This amazing water has multitasking properties which will hydrate your skin at the same time that it cleanses and tones, so there is no need for a separate face wash and makeup remover.
This cleansing water is also infused with the following:
Arctic Algae Extract, which contains anti-ageing properties which help to detoxify and strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, leaving you with fewer visible lines.
Nordic Birch Sap, which will rejuvenate and boost cellular renewal, for healthier and younger looking skin.
Witch Hazel, to reduce the size of your pore’s and will also soothe and refresh your skin.
Icelandic Glacial Water, which will help to protect and nurture your skin, while at the same time help to combat free radicals for a healthy skin structure.
When you are travelling, fill micellar water into a travel sized bottle to take on the plane with you and whip it out when you need a quick freshen up on those long haul journeys!
These are the ones that I use:
Micellar Water in Your Cleansing Routine
There ya have it! 8 reasons why you need micellar water in your cleansing routine.
Over to you – are you a micellar water convert? What’s your favourite brand? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this miracle water in a bottle! Please drop me a comment below.