Micellar Water: What It Is and How To Use It

Micellar waters are everywhere these days. As you may have noticed, pretty much every beauty brand has released this advanced cleansing water which uses tiny molecules known as “micelles”  to draw impurities from the skin. So, how does this work, you may be wondering?  Micellar water is basically a cleanser, makeup remover, moisturizer and toner in one product. Unlike regular toners or water based cleansers, micelles essentially act like little magnets to pull oil and impurities from the skin without dryness or irritation. So you get a deeper, more thorough cleanse without stripping the skin.

Micellar waters are meant to be used alone without any other cleansers, but in our experience this is best left for those with especially dry, sensitive and non-oily skin. If you have combination or clog-prone skin, we have found the best way to use micellar water is in conjunction with your regular cleanser. Micellar water is excellent for use as an after cleansing toner to provide light hydration and remove any remaining residue or makeup.

If you’re someone who has oily skin or doesn’t like using moisturizers, micellar water works great for providing an extra deep clean after cleansing. It will remove any excess oil and leave just enough moisture to keep your skin supple without being greasy. It’s also great for freshening up on the go or while traveling.

 

Micellar waters come in dozens of formulas.

 

Dry and sensitive skins will also benefit from the gentleness of micellar water. Unlike some traditional cleansers, micellar water will not strip your skin or disrupt its natural ph. So it’s great for people who often get irritated from traditional cleansers. Like traditional cleansers and toners, micellar water comes in many formulas, so make sure to get one that is catered to your skin type. Our current favorite is Una Brennan’s Superfacialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water. This one is meant for sensitive skin and is fragrance and alcohol-free. It also contains probiotics for gentle exfoliation as well as cucumber and hyaluronic acid for plumping and moisturizing. We also love La Roche Posay’s Micellar Cleansing Water and Yes To and Garnier have extensive lines of micellar cleansing waters as well. Check out the infographic below of our favorite (and top rated) micellar cleansers to help you find one that is right for you.

No matter what formula you choose, you’ll find micellar waters simply out perform traditional toners and makeup removers. Why use a separate makeup remover and toner when you can get the job done with one product? Have you used micellar water? If so, what is your favorite?

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