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If you haven't yet heard about micellar water (pronounced my-sell-er), put that face wipe down and get ready to save the planet and give your skin some love.
Just as effective as face wipes, but much friendlier to your face and the planet, this French cleansing water is one of the biggest products to hit the beauty scene in recent years.
The beauty industry has gone crazy for micellar water and for good reason. It's great for removing the most stubborn waterproof mascara and tackles foundation like a boss. But what exactly is micellar water, and most importantly, is it good for your skin?
Read on to discover all you need to know about this cleansing superstar and its ingredients, uses, and benefits.
Micellar water is a lightweight facial cleanser that combines purified water, hydrating ingredients, and a low concentration of mild surfactants. The surfactant molecules group together naturally to form tiny spheres known as micelles. As you swipe a cotton ball loaded with micellar water across your skin, make-up, dirt and impurities are attracted to the cleanser and lifted from the skin. Micellar water formulas are light and gentle and don't need to be rinsed away. However, if your skin is prone to breakouts, you may need to use a deep-cleanser as the residue can block pores.
If you've always used traditional cleansing wipes and similar, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about with micellar water.
Well, micellar water isn't designed to replace those products, but rather to complement them. Think of it as another level to your cleansing routine.
Micellar water doesn't clean deep down into the pores like a lotion or cream. Instead, it's effective at whisking away stubborn make-up or for when you need a really quick cleanse. There's a reason you'll find gallons of micellar water backstage at fashion shows where quick changes are of the essence. Micellar water in the mornings as a pre-cleanse before applying your regular deep-cleansing product is a great way to keep skin clean and clear.
If you love waterproof makeup but hate scrubbing at your skin to remove it before you go to bed, micellar water could be your savior. It's great at removing even the toughest mascara and melts it cleanly off the skin without irritation for most people. If you have dry skin, you're in luck too as these cleansers contain no drying alcohol and can actually hydrate the skin.
Another plus of micellar water is that it’s a universally friendly product. It comes in a wide range of formulas, including those specially made for sensitive, dry, and combination skin. If you have skin that’s prone to breakouts or acne, some formulas can block the pores, so look out for versions that are specially made for problem skin. Some products also contain antibacterial agents to help keep your skin free from pimples and blemishes.
As with any skincare product, micellar has pros and cons. Let's start with the pros.
Micellar water is a great cleanser for all skin types. It's not only gentle on the skin but also highly effective at removing makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities. It may not be as good at deep cleansing as a foam or cream cleanser but will give a good 'visible' cleanse in just a few seconds.
There is also no alcohol in micellar water which is great news for those with dry skin. In fact, because micellar water contains glycerin in most cases, it helps to promote hydration while reducing inflammation and irritation. As micellar water contains no irritating ingredients, it's also beneficial for those with sensitive skin or who suffer from conditions like rosacea.
If you’re looking for a fast and effective way to remove makeup and impurities and want to banish the face wipe from your routine, micellar water may be the answer. Not only can this smart blend remove makeup in a flash, it also promotes skin hydration and keeps skin clear and clean. It's portable, convenient and suitable for all skin types.
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