The Best Splurge-Worthy Micellar Water
If you follow Skincare.com religiously, you should be well aware that our team of editors are head over heels for micellar water. Unlike traditional cleansers which foam up and lather with water, micellar water requires no rinsing to remove unwanted dirt, makeup, and impurities from the surface of skin. As such, the gentle formulas—which first gained traction in France—are a convenient cleansing option for all skin types. Since landing Stateside, the industry’s best—from makeup artists to beauty bloggers—have pledged allegiance to micellar water, and the buzz is certainly warranted.
Today, you can find this multi-tasking liquid on shelves at Sephora, Ulta, and your local drugstore at all price points. Ahead, we go into detail about what makes micellar water unique—plus, we share a splurge-worthy micellar water by Lancôme that’s worth snagging ASAP!
WHY MICELLAR WATER IS RIGHT FOR YOU
On the fence about investing in micellar water? Allow us to lend a helping hand by discussing the many benefits of this wondrous liquid! The most obvious perk of cleansing without turning on the tap is the convenience. Micellar water can be used almost anywhere, so long as you have a cotton pad handy. If you’re a gal that’s always on the go, micellar water can be a game changing product for your routine. Hate getting up to wash your face at the end of a long work day? Instead of snoozing with your makeup on (a huge skin care no-no!), store micellar water on your nightstand and sweep it over your skin while atop your mattress. Now you have no excuse to skip out on cleansing! Another reason to consider micellar water (or any no-rinse cleanser for that matter) has to do with hard water. Many homes nationwide are affected by hard water—an unfiltered water with a high mineral content—which when applied to skin can disrupt skin’s optimal pH balance. As a result of skin’s pH leaning more towards the alkaline side of the spectrum after exposure to hard water, anything from breakouts to dryness and sensitivity could ensue. Since skipping cleanser is not an option, those living in areas with hard water should consider alternative methods to cleansing their skin, one that doesn’t require use of a sink.
HOW MICELLE TECHNOLOGY WORKS
If that wasn’t enough to convince you, surely the revolutionary technology will. Most micellar waters look like nothing more than just plain ol’ water, but don’t be fooled. These liquid formulas put tap water to shame with their micelle technology. Small, round cleansing molecules (micelles) are suspended in the solution and work together to attract, trap, and gently remove impurities from the skin’s surface. These impurities can include dirt, stubborn makeup, pollution, and excess oil. Most formulas are also hydrating so your skin is left feeling refreshed and comfortable without unwanted residue. And since there’s no harsh rubbing necessary, chances you will irritate your skin are lessened.
HOW TO USE MICELLAR WATER
To use, shake your solution first. Next, soak a cotton pad with your micellar water of choice and gently sweep it over your facial contours using circular motions. Continue this step until your skin is completely clean and all traces of makeup are fully removed. To remove eye makeup, follow the same instructions but hold the cotton pad over your eye area for a few seconds before gently wiping. Follow with the remainder of your skin care routine—toner or serum should typically come next!—without rinsing.
Did you know that there are ways you can utilize micellar water outside of your skin care routine? From cleaning your makeup brushes to removing foundation stains on your clothes, we share four unexpected ways to use micellar water, here!
LANCÔME EAU FRAÎCHE DOUCEUR
Ready to give micellar water a try? We’ve got the perfect one for you: Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur. This refreshing cleansing water—with micellar technology (duh) and soothing Rose de France—lifts and removes impurities, even waterproof and long-lasting face, eye and lip makeup! The result is skin that’s purified, toned, and revitalized. Best of all, the formula is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.
With a MSRP of just under $40, this formula is definitely on the pricier side. That said, after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand to try, I think it’s worth every penny. I’ve tried countless cleansers with harsh, irritating ingredients that left my skin feeling over-dry and uncomfortable. This micellar water did no such thing. All it took to remove my stubborn waterproof makeup was a quick sweep of a cotton pad. In fact, I was amazed at how quickly the makeup melted off my skin and onto the pad with such little effort. Now, I carry the formula around with me everywhere, especially when I travel to areas with hard water. The elegant rose scent doesn’t hurt either!
Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur, $39 MSRP