Micellar water: properties, use, benefits

Micellar waters are the stars of make-up remover products. They promise to remove make-up, cleanse and purify the skin in a single application. All without rinsing or leaving a greasy or sticky film on the skin. Are they really that effective?

What is micellar water?

Micellar water is not water in the strict sense, but a solution modified to resemble it. As its name indicates, it contains micelles, microparticles that capture and trap impurities, traces of makeup and sebum mixing them with the aqueous base of the product to eliminate them. These particles cause an emulsion when they come into contact with the skin and thus prevent the make-up from spreading on the face. Therefore, the product acts both as a make-up remover and as a refreshing toner.

Why use micellar water?

“Like any facial cleanser, micellar water aims to leave the skin clean, without makeup residue, sebum, sweat or pollution. It also aims to prepare the skin for the application of a treatment”, explains Dr. Nadine Pomarède.

Micellar waters: for what skins?

Micellar waters are suitable for all skin types, from the fattest to the most sensitive. They are also available in various formulas: micellar waters for oily skin, micellar waters for sensitive skin, micellar waters for hypoallergenic skin, micellar waters for baby skin, etc. “They are especially appreciated by sensitive or fragile skin,” emphasizes the dermatologist.

Soap-free and often fragrance-free, this gentle and soothing makeup remover helps maintain a balanced pH while effectively cleansing the skin. Any type of makeup waterproof o Long lasting, can be removed quickly.

As for the format, there is also something for everyone: mini format, easy to transport, or large containers to store in the bathroom.

Micellar water is very easy to use: just arm yourself with a cotton pad (washable or not) soaked in micellar water and pass it over the part of the face to remove make-up or refresh. If you like to take a shower or bath at night, pat yourself dry and apply the water afterwards to thoroughly cleanse your skin. Finally, don’t forget to apply a moisturizing cream after each wash, to properly nourish your skin: day or night version depending on the time of day. Of course, it is chosen according to your skin type (oily skin, sensitive or dry skin, acne-prone skin, etc.).

Can micellar water be used to remove eye makeup?

It is better to avoid the use of micellar water to remove eye make-up. Mascara, kohl, and other eyeliner are often stubborn (especially if they’re waterproof). To overcome it with micellar water, you will have to rub harder, or leave the cotton on the eyes for a few seconds, to dissolve the products. By rubbing, you risk causing irritation around the eyes and eyes. Therefore, it is better to bet on a cleansing oil or biphasic formula which will dissolve fatty substances.

Should micellar water be rinsed or not?

Regardless of your skin type, even if it says no-rinse on the packaging, I think it’s important to rinse any cleansing product with a spray of thermal water or tap water, advises the expert.

Then pat the skin with a tissue or towel.

What is the best micellar water for the skin?

Facial skin should be cleaned twice a day., (tomorrow and me) even if you don’t wear makeup, whether you are male or female, remember Dr. Nadine Pomarède. The simple application of water does not clean the impurities accumulated daily on the skin, especially fatty residues. This is why most face washes contain surfactantsyes There is a wide variety of them in cosmetics. But some may be unsuitable or too aggressive for the skin. Hence the importance of carefully analyzing the composition of your micellar water before using it: they should not contain alcohol, parabens or hypoallergenic. Too much cleaning, especially with the wrong products and strippers, can be just as bad as not cleaning at all.

As a reminder, other products can also be used for good skin cleansing. “A good cleaner should emulsify all dirt, pollution and sunscreen residue (often difficult to remove), while respecting the microbiota of the skin, continues the dermatologist. Cleansing oils, certain foaming products rather of the syndet type, fulfill these tasks as long as they leave the skin comfortable, without tightness.”

The three best face washes, according to the expert:

  • micellar water with hyaluronic acid, from Novexpert,
  • cleansing oil, from Jeste
  • and the Patyka detox cleansing foam

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