Micellar Water The Gentlest Of Cleansers
MICELLAR WATER: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Celebrities, models, make-up experts and dermatologists have all been raving about it… Yes, over the last few years, micellar water has become the new cult cleanser.
Micellar Water Is Just Like Any Other Make-Up Remover
False: What make micellar water different from the rest of the oils, lotions and other make-up removers is its composition: water and micelles. These are tiny particles of oil which catch hold of the impurities on the skin and remove them with the water. They gently remove all impurities, make-up and excess sebum without irritating the skin.
Micellar Water Suits All Skin Types.
True: It is a make-up remover that suits combination skins, as well as dry skins. As it contains no soap and often no perfume, micellar water is pH neutral, which makes it suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive. It is also ideal for acne: it deep cleanses the skin without damaging it.
Micellar Water Removes The Most Stubborn Make-Up
True: Micellar water has all the advantages of an oily make-up remover, while still having the refreshing feel of water. When applied, it produces an emulsion which lifts up the make-up instead of spreading it over the face like other make-up removers. Say goodbye to panda eyes!
Micellar Water Needs To Be Rinsed Off With Water.
False: One of the great advantages of micellar water is the fact that you don’t need to rinse it off! Micelles are gentle on the skin and non-irritating. However, if you feel a tightness in the skin or have redness after removing make-up, a splash of thermal water, floral water or gentle toner should remedy the situation.
MICELLAR WATER, THE GENTLEST OF CLEANSERS
Micellar water wins the gold medal when it comes to deep cleansing. It’s touted by make-up professionals and prescribed by numerous dermotologists and is a celeb and top-model favourite. Here are four facts about this skincare must-have.
#1 What Is Micellar Water?
Micellar water differs from other cleansers (milks, oils, gels, lotions, foams) in that it's made from micelles blended with water. These are nano-sized particles that trap impurities and bind them to the water content so that they can be removed. Its star characteristic? It combines the freshness of water with the effectiveness of a cleansing oil, perfect for removing grease from make-up, impurities and excess sebum without irritating the skin.
# What Are Its Benefits?
Micellar water can replace double cleansing, meaning it works as both a cleanser and toner. It's a one-stop, quick and easy-as-pie solution if you're in a hurry, not least because it doesn't need rinsing. The only downside: although you can use it on your eyes, if you're wearing heavy make-up it may not remove everything on the first go.
# Who Should Use It?
Soothing, micellar water is particularly good for those with sensitive skin or those who find tap water too harsh. Formulated without soap and generally fragrance-free, it helps maintain the skin's natural pH level and is, therefore, suited to all skin types. Various, equally mild formulas are available, depending on what you're after: mattyfing, soothing or moisturising.
# How To Use Micellar Water
As it comes in liquid form, micellar water can't be applied with the fingertips, unlike oils or cleansing foams. Apply it to a cotton pad and smooth it across your face, working from the centre out. To remove stubborn eye make-up, leave the pad on your eyes for a few seconds so that it dissolves any mascara or oily products. Repeat until all traces of make-up have been removed.
Quick and easy, micellar water cleanses skin with loving care. Here's a closer look at this beauty must-have.
Micellar Water To Cleanse Skin
When it comes to make up removers and facial cleansers, micellar water is the most gentle of them all. It's as fresh and light as water, with the turbo-charged power of a cleansing lotion. Micellar water does more than remove make-up - it also pampers our skin. It's hypoallergenic, meaning it works wonders on sensitive skin or complexions that tend to get blotchy.
The Magnetic Power Of Micelles
So what's micellar water's secret? Its simple formula: an aqueous solution + micelles.
Micelles work like magnets. They're ball-shaped surfactants that attract and dissolve grime, make up and sebum. Meaning there's no need to rub it in. Micelle magic in a bottle!
To apply micellar water, simply douse a cotton pad and place it on your skin for a few seconds, so its active ingredients can soak up and dissolve any impurities.
Micellar Water For #NOMAKEUP Fans
Micellar water doesn't need rinsing, so works a treat for those of us who have really delicate skin or prefer to go easy on the make up.
If you love your waterproof mascara and black eyeliners, then you're probably better off starting with a dual-phase cleanser or cleansing oil. Follow by applying micellar water to remove any residues.
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