It’s strange to think that 6 years ago, micellar waters were niche and almost non-existent here in Asia. They could only be found deep within French pharmacies—and since we’re endlessly fascinated by French women’s beauty routines, was this product the secret to French women’s hydrated-but-never-oily complexions? Is this why every French It girl ever interviewed always says, “Not much,” when asked about what she uses on her face?
Fast forward to today, and micellar water has become almost ubiquitous in every skincare routine, and has secured its spot as a shelfie staple. Every label from high end to drugstore basics has their own version, with some brands even offering many different variations with added ingredients for different skin types.
Since we’re endlessly fascinated by French women’s beauty routines, was this product the secret to French women’s hydrated-but-never-oily complexions?
But what exactly is it? And is it actually any good for our skin?
Simply put, micellar water is a cleanser that is effective for removing dirt, oil, and makeup from the face. It is not just some sort of processed tap water, by the way. This water-like substance is loaded with micelles, which are small, cleansing molecules that are dispersed and suspended in water. These micelles have hydrophilic (water soluble) and hydrophobic (water-insoluble) characteristics.
Micelles pretty much work like magnets, in that they attract and trap the dirt and excess oils on your skin. This is why the water removes makeup, grime and cleanses your skin. Most types also remove waterproof makeup and mascara as well.
Not to mention, they are also super-gentle, so they won’t strip or irritate the skin while cleansing. The oil droplets in this magic water are actually quite hydrating to dry skin and don’t disrupt the natural pH of skin like foaming cleansers. It’s also great for people who travel a lot and don’t always have access to water: micellar water will clean most makeup, oil, and dirt with just a swipe of a cotton ball. In short, all skin types can benefit from micellar water.
It’s also great for people who travel a lot and don’t always have access to water: micellar water will clean most makeup, oil, and dirt with just a swipe of a cotton ball
So, in conclusion, micellar water not only works wonder as makeup remover but can also replace as cleansers in our routine, however, if you’re using micellar water to take off your makeup and at the same time as a face cleanser, it’s always good to do a two round wash to ensure your skin is squeaky clean.