Models swear by them, every pro makeup artist has one in their kit. But micellars have gone from a backstage staple at fashion shows to a mainstream must-have. With their no rinse, 3 in 1 formulas Micellar Water is perfect for late nights and travelling.
What’s the magic of Micellar Water?
According to dermatologist Dr Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, it all comes down to little molecules called micelles. “Micelles are nano-sized, single-layer fatty bubbles,” explained Dr Alexiades-Armenakas. “They are able to absorb other fats such as sebum and oils inside.” Consider: though olive oil and balsamic vinegar separate from each other, two oils would blend together. So, by using a lipid to cleanse your skin, the oils on the surface join up and leave you squeaky-clean.
When applied to your skin on a cotton wool pad, these micelles attracts the oil and dirt on your face so you can wipe it off easily.
Where to use it?
Because the cleansing agents in micellar waters are very gentle, they’re great for sensitive skins, but they still have brilliant makeup removing powers.
They’re particularly good on eye makeup – the best micellars will make light work of stubborn mascara, without leaving you with red, sore peepers. They’re also ideal for quick touch ups: just dip in a cotton bud to straighten out wonky eyeliner flicks or uneven lipliner.
Even for the laziest amongst you, we wouldn’t recommend ditching cleanser all together, but for a pre-cleanse or to remove thick makeup they are perfect.
Our favourites for you to try:
- Bioderma Sensibio H20
- Decleor Aroma Cleanse
- L’Oreal Purifying Micellar Water
- Simple Micellar Water
- Dior Instant Cleansing Gentle Water