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Micellar Cleansing Water: Frequently Asked Questions

Micellar water has been a French beauty secret for years, and now that it has made its way to the U.S., what exactly do you need to know about it?

Q: Is Micellar Water Oil Based?

A: No. Unlike most face cleansers, micellar water is not oil based—it is water based. In fact, none of the Garnier micellar water products contain any traces of oil, despite being a great makeup remover and facial cleanser.


Q: Does Micellar Water Expire?

A: Like any other cleansing product, micellar water does expire. Once you have opened your bottle of micellar water, you have about six months to use it all up.


Q: When to Use Micellar Water?

A: Who said micellar water can only be used to wash your face? Not only is micellar cleansing water a great makeup remover and skin cleanser; it can also be used to clean out your makeup brushes and to correct makeup mistakes. Discover more micellar hacks to try out.

Q: When to Use Micellar Water in Skin Care Routine?

A: Micellar water should generally be used as the first step in your skin care routine. Micellar water is infused with tiny particles called “micelles” that soak up dirt, oil, and makeup like a sponge, leaving your skin bare and ready for whatever steps follow in your skin care routine.

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Q: Can I Double Cleanse With Micellar Water?

A: Double cleansing is a great way of making sure you get everything off after a long day and micellar water can help with just that. As a first step to your double-cleanse routine, we recommend Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-In-1 Mattifying, specifically formulated to remove dirt and impurities from oily skin. We like to follow micellar water with a cleanser formulated with antioxidants that can help defend skin from free radicals.

Q: Can I Use Micellar Water Even Without Makeup?

A: Yes. Though micellar water is very effective at removing makeup, it is also formulated to gently lift impurities and excess oil from your skin. It is also a cleansing water for everyday use, even if you don’t use makeup.

Q: How to Use Micellar Water Without Cotton Pads?

A: As an alternative to disposable cotton pads, we highly recommend Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Eco Pads. Not only do our eco pads activate with micellar water to thoroughly remove makeup and cleanse skin without harsh rubbing; they are reusable and last up to 1,000 washes!

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Q: Is Micellar Water Good for Acne?

A: Micellar cleansing water is known for its gentle cleansing action and moisturizing properties which is why it is such a popular product around the world for those who deal with acne. Not only is the product extremely gentle, but it does not require any harsh rubbing that can damage the sensitive areas of your skin, like around the eye area. Check out Garnier’s SkinActive Cleansing Jelly Water with Charcoal— the latest addition to our micellar cleansing water collection—formulated for acne-prone and oily skin.

Q: Can Micellar Water Cause Acne?

A: If you’re concerned about the effect of micellar on your skin, please first consult a dermatologist. Garnier has a formula just for sensitive skin: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1, as well as one for acne-prone and oily skin: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Jelly Water with Charcoal. However, all micellar waters in Garnier’s collection are gentle for all skin types.


Q: Does Micellar Water Remove Sunscreen?

A: Despite being made mostly of water, oil free micellar water can get rid of even the toughest long-wear makeup and sunscreens, while still being gentle enough to use on any skin type.


Q: Does Micellar Water Stain Clothes?

A: No, micellar water does not stain clothes.

Q: Is Micellar Water For Men?

A: Yes, micellar water is for both men and women alike! Micellar water is extremely versatile: it is effective in cleansing skin and in removing makeup.

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