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, strictly speaking, but a solution modified to look like it. As its name suggests, it contains micelles, microparticles that capture and trap impurities, makeup residue and sebum by 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 make it possible not to spread the make-up on the face. The product therefore acts both as a make-up remover and as a refreshing tonic.
Why use micellar water?
“Like any facial cleanser, the purpose of micellar water is to leave the skin clean, without residue of make-up, sebum, sweat or pollution. It is also intended to prepare the skin for the application of a treatment”, explains Dr Nadine Pomarède.
Micellar waters: for which skin?
Micellar waters are suitable for all skin types, from the oiliest to the most sensitive. They are also available in several formulas: micellar waters for oily skin, micellar waters for sensitive skin, micellar waters for hypoallergenic skin, micellar water for baby skin, etc. “They are particularly appreciated by sensitive or fragile skin”, underlines the dermatologist.
This gentle and soothing makeup remover, soap-free and often fragrance-free, helps maintain a balanced pH while effectively cleansing the skin. Any type of makeup, waterproof or long lasting, can be removed quickly.
In terms of format, there is also something for everyone: mini format, easy to transport, or large containers to store in your 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 a bath in the evening, dry yourself and apply the water afterwards, to deeply cleanse your skin. Finally, don’t forget to apply a moisturizer 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 makeup from the eyes?
It is better to avoid using micellar water to remove make-up from your eyes. Mascara, kohl and other liners are generally stubborn (especially if they are 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. It is therefore better to bet on a cleansing oil or a two-phase formula which will dissolve fatty substances.
Should micellar water be rinsed or not?
Regardless of your skin type, even if it says leave-in on the packaging, I think it’s important to rinse off any cleansing product with a thermal water spray or tap water, advises the expert.
Then pat your skin lightly with a tissue or towel.
What is the best micellar water for the skin?
Facial skin should be cleaned twice a day, (morning and self) even if you don’t wear makeup, whether you’re a man or a woman, reminds Dr. Nadine Pomarède. Applying simple water does not clean the impurities accumulated daily on the skin, especially greasy residues. This is why most face washes contain surfactantss. There is a wide variety of them in cosmetics. But some may prove to be unsuitable, or too aggressive for the skin. Hence the importance of carefully analyzing the composition of your micellar water before use: they must not contain alcohol, parabens or hypoallergenic. Too much cleaning, especially with the wrong products and strippers, can be as bad as no cleaning at all.
As a reminder, other products can also be used for a good cleaning of the skin. “A good cleanser should emulsify all dirt, pollution and sunscreen residue (often difficult to eliminate), while respecting the skin microbiota, continues the dermatologist. Cleansing oils, certain foaming products rather of the syndet type, fulfill these missions provided 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