How to Use Micellar Water To Remove Makeup & Cleanse Your Skin
Haven’t caught the micellar water wave yet? What are you waiting for? This innovative no-rinse cleansing solution is easily one of the best beauty imports from France—and for good reason. Below we share the ins and outs about micelle technology and how to use micellar water to remove even stubborn waterproof makeup in just a few swipes!
OPTIMAL SKIN PH BALANCE
Before we can get into how to use micellar water—or even its benefits—it’s important to note why someone may opt to cleanse without turning on the tap. Hard water—an unfiltered water with a high mineral content—affects many homes nationwide and while this seems like a harmless fact, the alkaline pH of hard water can actually disrupt the optimal pH balance of skin. Our skin has a prime pH balance that leans on the slightly acidic side of the pH (or potential of hydrogen) scale, sitting at approximately 5.5. Hard water can cause our skin’s pH balance to fall on the alkaline side, leading to everything from breakouts, to dryness, and sensitivity. Okay, that’s all fine and well, but where does micellar water come in?
WHAT IS MICELLAR WATER?
France is a country know for many things: crepes, the Eiffel Tower, effortless beauty, and well, hard water. Because of the hard water, French men and women had to seek out gentler alternatives to cleanse their skin, that ideally didn’t require them to use the sink. Micellar water was the answer. Utilizing micelle technology—small, round cleansing molecules that are suspended in a solution and work together to attract, trap, and gently remove impurities—micellar water can cleanse the skin without water. The no-rinse cleanser can be used to remove everything from impurities on the skin’s surface to hard-to-budge waterproof mascara, without the need to lather up or turn on the tap. While popular in France for years, in recent months, micellar water has been making waves here in the States, becoming the go-to cleanser for American women as well!
HOW TO USE MICELLAR WATER
To use, first shake the solution well—many micellar waters that can remove waterproof makeup have a bi-phase formula that needs to be mixed for optimal results. Next, soak a cotton pad with the solution. To remove eye makeup, hold the cotton pad over your closed eye for a few seconds and then gently wipe to remove makeup. Continue this step over your entire face until it is completely clean.
THE BEST MICELLAR WATERS TO TRY NOW
Ready to put micellar water to the test? Ahead, we’ve listed a handful of the best micellar waters— from the L’Oréal portfolio of brands—to add to your routine:
L’OREAL PARIS MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER COMPLETE CLEANSER—NORMAL TO DRY SKIN
As we mentioned earlier, hard water has the ability to strip your skin of its natural oils, causing dryness. When your skin is naturally dry to begin with, this can create a recipe for disaster. Go ahead and make the switch to a cleansing water that won’t strip your skin dry. Enter: L’Oréal Paris’ Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser. This no-rinse cleanser is suitable for all skin types–even sensitive!—and its formula is free of oil, soap, and alcohol. It helps to remove all types of makeup, including waterproof, cleans off dirt and impurities, and intensely purifies, all without harsh rubbing which can dry and irritate the skin.
L’OREAL PARIS MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER COMPLETE CLEANSER—NORMAL TO OILY SKIN
Your oily skin may tempt you to overindulge in cleansing and exfoliation in hopes of removing excess sebum. But we advise against it, since over-exfoliation and over-cleansing can cause your skin to dry out (yes, even if it’s oily). Stick to a daily routine with L’Oréal Paris’ Micellar Water Complete Cleanser—formulated for normal to oily skin—and you won’t have to worry about any of that. The formula can remove makeup, dirt, and excess oil from the face, eyes, and lips without rinsing or harsh rubbing. What’s more? It can leave your skin looking purified and mattified.
L’OREAL PARIS MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER COMPLETE CLEANSER—WATERPROOF
Most micellar waters are gentle, which make them an ideal pick for even sensitive skin types, but that’s not to say they’re not powerful as well. Take this formula for instance, which is formulated to remove even stubborn waterproof makeup. Just a few sweeps and you can effectively clear away dirt and impurities from the surface of the skin, in addition to your waterproof eyeliner.
LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR MICELLAR WATER ULTRA
This formula contains dirt-encapsulating micelles which can naturally lift dirt, oil, and makeup upon contact with the skin, as well as La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and glycerin. The result is a dissolution of impurities that leaves the skin perfectly cleansed, hydrated, and refreshed—all without the need to rinse.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micellar Water Ultra, $19.99 MSRP
LA ROCHE-POSAY MICELLAR FOAMING WATER
Do you prefer a micellar water that foams like a traditional cleanser? This formula can do just that, in addition to cleansing the skin of dirt, oil, and impurities. Best of all, this micellar water still respects the skin’s natural pH balance and doesn’t require harsh rubbing.
La Roche-Posay Micellar Foaming Water, $18 MSRP
LANCOME EAU FRAÎCHE DOUCEUR
Pamper and purify your skin with this refreshing micellar cleansing ater formulated with soothing Rose de France. The formula lifts and removes makeup and impurities—waterproof and long-wear cosmetics included—without the need to rinse. As far as results go? Expect to see skin that’s purified, toned, and revitalized.
Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur, $39 MSRP
GARNIER SKINACTIVE MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER
Reach for an all-in-one cleansing water when you need a quick and thorough facial cleanse, like Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. The reason we love turning to this drugstore micellar water in particular is because it has the ability to remove makeup, refresh, and cleanse the skin without over-drying.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, $6.45 MSRP
GARNIER SKINACTIVE MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER ALL-IN-1 MATTIFYING
Similar to its counterpart mentioned above, this micellar water features an all-in-1 formula that cleanses skin, purifies pores, and removes makeup without the need to rinse or rub harshly. As a result, you’ll be left with skin that looks mattified—sans greasy residue.
GARNIER SKINACTIVE MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER ALL-IN-1 WATERPROOF
Don’t let waterproof mascara leave you feeling defeated. With this micellar water, you can sweep away all traces of stubborn makeup without irritating your skin with harsh rubbing. What’s more? You won’t find any oil, fragrance, or alcohol here, so consider it a must-have for all skin types!
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP STRIPPED OFF MICELLAR WATER
A full face of high-coverage foundation calls for some serious makeup removal by end of day. That’s where NYX Professional Makeup Stripped Off Micellar Water comes in. Available in seven different formulas, this fresh-feeling cleansing water is just the ticket you need to sweep away makeup.