Suddenly micellar (in French pronounced “me-sellaire”) water is taking off in a big way, with a bottle of Bioderma’s Crealine H2O sold every 6 seconds worldwide, and celebrity endorsements from Kylie Minogue and Gemma Ward.
Micellar Water? What on earth is that?
It is a trend in makeup removing products.
But what is micellar water and how does it work?
- They originated in France and are non-rinse, soap-free cleansing waters that contain micelle molecules. Applied with a cleansing pad, they are amazing at taking off makeup. Some tone as well, and/or boast skin-soothing or anti-ageing ingredients. I started using them recently and find them totally refreshing.
- “Micelles are molecules that are made of fatty-acid esters,” explains Bernard Pochic, Montreal-based national trainer for Bioderma, whose micelles are of natural origin and are extracted from sugar. When you use a cleansing pad, the micelles deploy. The composition of the molecules makes them brilliant at trapping and gulping up makeup, dirt, dust and pollution.
- Sometimes you’re just too tired or blurry-eyed to cleanse properly. Whip out the micellar water for rescue. It is infinitely far better than wipes because it isn’t alcohol based. Micellar water is kind of magical – it’s composed of molecules called surfactants which allow oil and water molecules to live happily together without separating. It’s not only giving you the thorough cleanse that your skin really needs, but it does the job in an emergency and is far better than an alcohol loaded wipe.
You don’t need water, so at night they save you time in the cleansing ritual, and they’re very convenient and good for travel. They are safe and well tolerated by sensitive skins too!!
Bonus!! Many are fragrance-free, and are designed to remove eye makeup. So.. they are ideal for correcting makeup with a cotton swab.
Warning!! It’s best to read the labels in each case, as each formula is a little different.
Who should use micellar waters? Are they for everyone?
If you have oily skin, a micellar water might not feel like it’s cleansing your skin enough. Additionally, they’re often not designed to remove waterproof mascara easily,
But if you think of those nights when you’re really tired and just want to fall into bed without going through your normal nighttime regimen, you might be glad to have a micellar at hand so you can at least easily remove your makeup.
The ones I have heard are very good are
Lancome’s Eau Micellaire Douceur,
Laroche Posay’s Effaclar Purifying Micellar Water
Caudalie’s Cleansing Water
Darphin’s Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water.
L’oréal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Makeup Remover
Bioderma Crealine Micellar Solution
Oriflame Diamond Cellular Micellar Solution
But there are many more and new and “improved” ones are getting launched frequently! If the details sound interesting, go ahead and try..
Are you a fan of micellar water? Could it lure you away from reaching for the wipes? Leave a comment!