Micellar Water and Moisturizer: The Perfect Quick Skin Care Routine
Micellar water and moisturizer are a great pairing. Micellar water can help remove any and all traces of makeup, dirt and sweat to ensure your skin’s surface is super clean. Follow that with the right moisturizer and you’re good to go for the day or night. We’re giving you the scoop on what micellar water is and how it works on your skin. We are also including some micellar water skin care hacks for you to use and tips on how to apply moisturizer to your perfectly clean skin for healthy-looking skin all day long.
What Is Micellar Water?
Micellar water is filled with micelles which are tiny cleansing molecules suspended in water. The micelles have the ability to remove any makeup or dirt with just a few cotton pad swipes. The formula looks just like water but when it touches your skin you’ll realize it’s much more than that. It has multiple functions — it removes makeup, cleanses, and soothes your skin.
Why It Works
It removes ALL make up: Micellar water is incredibly effective at removing the most stubborn makeup and can even dissolve waterproof mascara. This is because micelles are oily molecules that are attracted to the oily molecules on your skin and in your makeup.
It Suits All Skin Types: There are very few products that suit all skin types but micellar water is one of them. Micellar water was originally created in Paris because the water in the City of Light was notoriously harsh and caused skin breakouts and irritation. Micellar water is gentle and does not irritate the skin so it’s ideal even for sensitive skin.
It Maintains Your Skin’s Balance: Other cleansers can strip your skin of its natural pH . Alcohol-based cleansers are even worse because they dry out your skin. Micellar water does neither, in fact it leaves your skin feeling soothed and supple.
Gets Your Skin Extra Clean: Makeup removing wipes can leave traces of product and a film on your skin, whereas micellar water removes all sebum and impurities from your skin leaving it healthy-looking and beautiful.
It’s Perfect For A Touch-Up: Did you mess up on your contour? Slip with your mascara? Rather than having to wash your whole face again, micellar water can take care of your make up mishap. You only need a cotton swab to touch up a specific area and it only takes one minute, then you can continue beautifying your face.
It Travels Well: The last thing you want on a long trip is five big bottles of cleanser, toner, exfoliator, serum, mist and moisturizer. Micellar water makes packing a whole lot easier since you’ll only need one product to clean your face every night. Even better it’s really easy to fill into TSA-approved size bottles since it’s the consistency of water. You’ll never want to travel with anything else again.
7 Ways To Use Micellar Water
Micellar water is a great cleanser that can speed up and improve your skin care routine. On top of getting your skin super clean, it has a multitude of other functions that you might not be aware of. Micellar water and its unique composition can beautify and refresh your skin in a variety of ways. We’re outlining a few ways you might not have thought of before.
Let’s start with micellar water’s most obvious yet incredibly useful function, but here we go into how easy the product is to use. Soak a cotton pad with micellar water then, press the pad on your face to activate the micelles. Gentle wipe away and remove any foundation, eye makeup and impurities on your face. Your skin will feel clean, hydrated and refreshed without drying it out. Garnier SkinActive’s Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover and Cleanser is a gentle way to remove any products or dirt from your face without harsh rubbing. Plus the added benefit of not having to rinse it off streamlines your cleansing process.
2. To Wash Your Hands When You’re On The Go
If it can cleanse your face it can also cleanse your hands! If you ever find yourself somewhere without a sink and you want to ensure your hands are clean, micellar water will do the trick! Just pour (or spray) a small amount onto your hand and rub to cleanse them when you are on the road and the sink isn’t an option.
3. To Clean Your Make Up Brushes
Makeup brushes need to be cleaned regularly. This is because they come into frequent contact with our skin and can harbor dirt, oil and bacteria. Using dirty brushes can cause your skin to break out or be irritated so try to clean them on a regular basis. Dip the bristles of your makeup brushes into a bowl of micellar water and run the bristles across a white paper towel until the bristles run clear.
4. First Step In Double Cleansing
Double cleansing is a great way to deep clean your skin after a long day. Micellar water has the ability to completely cleanse your skin on its own but some people like to follow this step with an additional rinseable cleanser to remove makeup and oil and refresh the skin. We like to follow micellar water with an antioxidant-formulated cleanser that can help fight off damage from free radicals.
5. Use To Remove Makeup Stains Out Of Carpet/Furniture/Clothing
If you stain your clothes or furniture with makeup for example, you can use a few drops of micellar water to remove the stain. Just dab it with a cotton pad like you would on your face to lift the stain. Make sure to move quickly though, the longer your stain sits on the fabric, the harder it becomes to remove. It may not be suitable to all fabrics so do a test area first to confirm.
6. After The Gym Cleanser
Micellar water is perfect to use after a workout as you don’t have to wash your face and it travels well. It’s very important to cleanse your skin after sweating so always carry a small bottle of micellar water to ensure your skin is clean and fresh after a hot and sweaty workout.
7. Skin Mist
On the days that you are not wearing make up and would like to refresh your skin, a micellar water mist is perfect. Apply while you are hiking or exercising outdoors to freshen skin and to lift off any dirt or pollution. It will help you feel fresh even if you are partaking in a heavy duty nature activity.
Micellar water is easy to use and super portable. With these easy micellar water hacks you’ll be able to cleanse your skin and body in a flash and keep your skin looking great.
Which Moisturizers To Use After Micellar Water
One of the best things about micellar water is that it doesn’t dry out skin and leaves it feeling refreshed. Capitalize on this hydrated feeling and lock in moisture by applying the right moisturizer after you are done cleansing. Below are three moisturizers that can help perk up, protect and plump the appearance of your skin. All of the moisturizers mentioned below are formulated with antioxidants to keep your skin healthy-looking.
1. Moisturizer With SPF
Every morning you should apply a moisturizer that contains SPF to protect your skin from the sun. Sun damage accounts for up to 90 percent of the skin’s aging process so using SPF puts you on track for youthful-looking skin in the long run. Vitamin C also protects your skin from free radicals and pollution which can harm your complexion. Try Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Moisturizer SPF15 infused with antioxidants Vitamin C and E, pine bark essence and gently exfoliating lipo-hydroxyl acid (LHA). It has a light formula that goes on smoothly and protects your skin from the sun’s rays. Your skin will be moisturized and shielded from free radicals.
2. Wake Up Moisturizer
Another product that can help your skin look fresher and appear plump is a wake up moisturizer. A product infused with antioxidants and the right humectants can make your skin look more radiant and can make you ready for the day ahead with a flawless complexion. Garnier SkinActive’s Miracle Anti-Fatigue Wake-Up Hydra Gel Moisturizer formulated with antioxidants wild berry and Vitamin E, hydra-glycerin and hyaluronic acid help deeply hydrate skin. By using this in the am you can improve the appearance of your skin’s elasticity and give it a youthful appearance throughout the day.
3. Wrinkle-Fighting Moisturizer
Antioxidants can also have a smoothing, lightly exfoliating and hydrating effect on skin which makes them perfect to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Garnier SkinActive’s Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer has a light, non-greasy daily moisturizer infused with vitamin E, pro-retinol (a form of Vitamin A) and rice peptides which deeply hydrate skin. With continued use your skin can look tighter, firmer and more radiant.
All Skin Types, Even Sensitive
All Skin Types, Even Sensitive
Daily Moisturizer with SPF
All-Day Fresh Hydration
Firming Moisturizer with SPF