Micellar waters have become extremely popular in Europe and in the UK in the last few years. For some reason this universal skincare product has not really caught up in the US yet and many people do not even know what micellar water is. In today’s post I am going to solve this mystery.
Micellar water is a cleansing skin care product that combines properties of a make up remover, cleanser and a toner. It’ s an non-foaming, formula that removes makeup, cleans your skin off any impurities and does not require rinsing. Simple and hassle free.
Where does the name come from? Micellar water contains micells- small oil particles suspended in water. Each micelle consists of a hydrophylic head (loving water) and a liphophylic tail (loving oil). In contact with water, the head attracts all the oil and impurities from your skin and traps it in a micelle’s tail. Thus, no smearing your makeup and grease all over your skin.
Micellar water is extremely gentle, which makes it suitable for even most sensitive skins. Because it is so gentle it might not remove heavy, waterpoof makeup but it’s perfect for days when you are tired and you just want to quickly cleanse your face at the end of the day. Simply pour some miccelar water onto a cotton pad and use it to wipe your skin. The formula is non greasy, it doesn’t foam so it doesn’t require a follow up rinsing with water.
Over the years, I have tested a number of micellar waters. My favorite one to date is a glorified Bioderma Sensibio H2O. French women and makeup artists swear by it and although it’s quite pricey, I feel like it’s worth every penny. Unfortunately, it’s really difficult to find in the US. I actually managed to track it on Amazon but it retails for $31.00 for a 500 ml bottle.
During my last trip to Poland, I made a trip to a local pharmacy and picked up a few bottles of micellar waters made by different brands and I have been testing them. I started with a Nuxe Micellar Cleasning Water and I absolutely love it. It’s made with rose petals, it makes my skin incredibly soft, leaving a fresh clean feeling and the smell of roses is just gorgeous. On days when I wear no makeup this is the only cleansing step in my evening skin care routine. On the days when I wear a lot of makeup, I start by removing my eye makeup with a Garnier Cleansing Oil, followed by cleaning my entire face with a Clarisonic Mia2 brush and a dab of face wash and, at the end, I wipe my face with a cotton pad soaked with micellar water. It leaves my skin incredibly smooth and perfectly clean. Once I am through this bottle, I am going to move on to using my giant bottle of SVR Micellar Water and I will definitely keep you posted on the results.
I really cannot imagine not including a micellar water in my skin care routine. I do hope that it will become more popular in the US, more widely available and hopefully, then the prices will go down.
Have you ever used any micellar water? Would you be willing to try it or do you think it’s just a regular cleansing product disguised in a fancy name? I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
the editor and founder of Her and Makeup.