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What is micellar water? And how do I use it?
Models love them. Make-up artists won’t go anywhere without them. And you’re sure to find a bottle sitting in every single beauty editor’s bathroom. Yes, micellar waters are possibly the best skin care invention yet.
But what actually is micellar water? Are its ingredients a superdrug, and what makes it such a highly valued beauty product? Let’s find out…
WHAT IS MICELLAR WATER?
Originating in France, micellar water gained its name because of the micelles oil molecules in its water-like formula of ingredients. When applied to the skin, these molecules latch onto the dirt, make-up and other impurities sitting on your skin, removing them in an effective and gentle matter. They feel – and look – like a toner, but excel at cleansing the skin, while also leaving it feeling soft and hydrated. There’s no need to rinse after using micellar water, making it a skin-loving version of the traditional face wipe. They’re great for all skin types, too, but particularly those with oily or sensitive complexions as micellar waters efficiently clean the skin without causing irritation.
HOW DO I USE MICELLAR WATER?
Simply squirt some of the product onto a make-up remover pad (not tissues – they’re no where near as effective) and gently wipe it across your eye area and face until all make-up is removed. Micellar waters aren’t designed to be rinsed off, however if your skin type requires a deeper clean, follow up with your regular cleanser. Micellar cleansing water can be useful for oily skin and acne.
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5 OF THE BEST MICELLAR WATERS
- Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water
This bad boy is a steal at $12.99 for 400mL. Its formula is exceptional for removing make-up, impurities, and sebum without the need for rubbing.
- BIODERMA Sensibio H20
You’ll spot more bottles of this micellar water than models backstage at Fashion Week. It’s cult status is all thanks to its super-gentle, fragrance-free formula, which easily removes the grime on your face while also leaving your skin soothed and nourished.
- NIVEA Gentle Caring Micellar Water - Sensitive Skin
NIVEA's magnificent micellar water was a hit with our Trial Team, with 80 per cent of triallers saying they would recommend it to remove make-up. There's also no need for a toner after use!
- Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
Free from artificial fragrances and colours, this formula contains multi-vitamins and triple purified water to help boost hydration and reduce irritation.
- Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water
Natural beauty enthusiasts rave about this cleanser, which boasts soothing aloe vera and calming chamomile and cucumber ingredients. It's also sweetly scented with a hint of vanilla extract.
Have you heard of micellar water? Do you currently use it? Are you keen to try it?