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What you need to know about cleansing with micellar water

Get ready to work a whole new kind of cleanser into your routine. Micellar water has been popular for decades in France, and the cleanser has finally made its way into the mainstream beauty market. Here’s our handy guide to what micellar water is and how to use it.

What is Micellar Water?

Micellar water is a facial cleanser made from micelles, tiny cleansing molecules suspended in water. The micelles have both hydrophilic and hydrophobic qualities. That means they have the ability to wash away dirt, impurities, and makeup with just a few swipes of a cotton pad across your face. The formula is clear, like water, but when it touches your skin you’ll realize there is a lot more going on in this product. It has multiple functions — it removes makeup, cleanses and helps moisturizes your skin.

Even more good news? You can opt to use the micellar water that works best with your routine. If you wear eye makeup, try Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof, which is strong enough to remove even waterproof mascara. Oily skin types may benefit most from Micellar Water Mattifying, which is specifically formulated to help purify oily and even sensitive skin. If you travel often or need to remove makeup before a workout, there are even micellar waters made for an on-the-go lifestyle: We recommend adding Micellar All In One Travel Size and Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes to your travel and gym bags.

What Does Micellar Water Do?

It lifts makeup off like a magnet:

Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean, hydrated and refreshed without over-drying.

It suits all skin types:

It’s difficult to find 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. Micellar water is gentle and refreshing, even for those of us with sensitive skin.

It maintains your skin’s balance:

Other cleansers can strip your skin of its natural moisture barrier. Alcohol-based cleansers can dry out your skin. Micellar water does neither, in fact it leaves your skin feeling hydrated and supple.

Gets your skin extra clean:

Micellar water helps remove sebum and impurities from your skin leaving it feeling and looking beautiful. Even oily skin types can benefit from a mattifying micellar water.

It’s perfect for a touch-up:

Did you mess up on your contouring? 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 to dip a Q-Tip into the makeup removing solution, and it’ll erase the mistake before you continue beautifying your face.

It travels well:

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.

There you have it — a full explanation of what micellar water is and why you need to have it in your beauty arsenal. Happy cleansing!