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Your Ultimate Guide to Micellar Water

Once you understand the benefits of micellar water – what it is, how to use it, and where has this been all my life? – you immediately understand why this French skincare secret has gone mainstream. It cleanses. It removes makeup. It balances and refreshes. You can use it on the fly. And there is *no* rinsing, rubbing, or residue. Clearly a winning combo.

We’ve pulled together everything you need to know about micellar water, with product recommendations and micellar hacks that will transform your skincare routine.

What is Micellar Water?

Micellar water is a gentle skin cleanser that removes makeup and leaves skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. It looks like water, but as soon as it touches your skin you know there’s a little magic at work.

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Micellar Water Benefits

Micellar has many benefits to skin, including:
- Gentle yet thorough cleansing
- No rinsing required
- Balanced, hydrated skin
- Suitable for all skin types

Micellar Water Ingredients

You might expect a long, complicated ingredients list for an overachiever like micellar water, but it’s refreshingly simple. Micellar cleansing water is just purified, demineralized water with gentle surfactants (cleansers) and micelles suspended in it. 

How to Use Micellar Water

Most people know how to use micellar water the traditional way: soak a cotton pad, press it against your face, then lift away to remove impurities and makeup. This is the way it’s been done in France for ages, and what’s not to love? It’s easy, efficient, and leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean.

But if you’re ready for the next level, check out these ideas for how to use micellar water in your skin care routine, plus finding the right micellar for your skin type and needs.

How to Use Micellar Water in Your Skin Care Routine

As a Cleanser

Tried and true, this is the OG way to use micellar water. Soak a pad with SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1, then press and lift to reveal a clean face.

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As a Makeup Remover

Micellar water makes it easy to take your makeup off, saving you from harsh rubbing, greasy residue, and rinsing. Pre-soaked SkinActive Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads make it even easier.

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Finding the Right Micellar for Your Skin Type and Needs

For Acne/Oily/Combination Skin

By gently cleansing and not stripping skin, micellar water can help balance oil production and avoid breakouts. Stay in the clear with a shine-control formula like SkinActive Mattifying Micellar Cleansing Water.

For Normal/Dry/Sensitive Skin

Micellar water works without harsh cleansers or alcohol, which means you can enjoy squeaky-clean skin without overdrying or irritation. SkinActive Water Rose Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water smells lovely and can be used on even the most sensitive skin.

For Replumping Skin's Look and Feel

A targeted formula like SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water With Hyaluronic Acid + Aloe has all the micellar water benefits you love while making skin look replumped.

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For the Eco-Conscious

Wondering how to use micellar water without cotton pads? Reusable microfiber pads work just as well, with zero waste. Stock up, then wash in a batch when soiled.