It’s been a couple of years since the French’s best kept secret, Micellar Water transcended onto the beauty scene. And while it’s considered a routine staple for some, it’s only now that it is really gaining momentum and being used by the masses. Runway shows have raved about it, saying that it is the best way to revive and clean a model’s skin between fashion events. Many a major brand has had variations of the water added to their product lines, yet still this writer is asked questions like, what exactly is Micellar Water? Does it replace a cleanser? Is it a substitute for a toner? Firstly, Micellar Water isn’t simply water, it’s full of ingredients that work in tandem with your skin and isn’t harsh in the way that pure water is – hard water in particular can be very hard on skin.
Micellar Water gets its name from the science behind the product. It’s made of micelles, which are tiny oil molecules suspended in water. Contrary to what you might at first think, the solution never feels oily and never stings, which means even those with the most sensitive of skin can use it all over, from forehead to chin. Rather than being made of a solution that contains soaps and harsh chemicals intended to grind away dirt and make-up, micellar waters are different. Those small molecules grab onto all of the unwanted particles clinging to your face and gently dissolve them. For those yearning for the enviable complexions of the French, you’ll be delighted to know that it was created as a face-washing alternative to using harsh French tap water. It gently dissolves your make-up, refreshing the skin and leaving it perfectly prepped for cleansing.
Though many may tell you it can be used instead of a cleanser, yours truly feels that for best results, it should be used pre-cleanse. So use it to remove your make-up, but follow with a cleanser afterwards to ensure your face is truly cleaned and cared for. This is especially good advice to follow if A, you’re wearing heavy make-up or B, you suffer from blemish-prone skin. The cleaner your skin is, the less likely your pores will clog and result in those breakouts. Perpetually rushing? Micellar Water can help you streamline your routine, but not at the cost of denying your skin the TLC it so deserves. It’s gentle and gets the job done, and at the very least it means you won’t be committing the ultimate beauty sin and sleeping in a face full of make-up.
For those that are wondering, though it can substitute as a toner, this writer feels it’s really best as an initial make-up remover. It primarily removes oil and dirt and won’t quite work on the skin in the way that a toner is made to. Though some may beg to differ, it really comes down to your own individual needs and skin type. Micellar Water also ideal for those whose sensitive skin reacts with everything. This will cause you no such strife as its gentle yet super-effective formula can even be used on the eyes without causing irritation.
It is also the next best thing to using those controversial face wipes. While there are many pros and cons to the ease of using a face wipe, they can contain chemicals that can leave a harmful residue, and they don’t treat the skin, they just remove a layer of make-up. Micellar Water on the other hand is just as convenient for a swift cleanse, but is less stressful on the skin. And from an economic standpoint, it’s a more cost-effective option as a bottle will last far longer than a package of wipes. To sum it up, Micellar Water is full of ingredients kind to the skin and with daily use, you should really see yours get a boost. Here are some of our favourites:
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