How does Micellar water work?

Several people across the world have just recently been introduced to micellar water, which has always been a staple on beauty shelves in countries like France. Yet, it is only recently that the world has awakened to its benefits!

Micellar water looks like regular water. But it is actually a combination of purified water, hydrating ingredients, such as glycerine, and low concentrations of extremely mild surfactants. These molecules group together to form microscopic spheres called micelles. The micelles attract dirt and oil, which is what makes micellar water a must-have for your skincare regime.

In just a few swipes, micellar water can remove make-up, cleanse the skin, and tone your face. Even waterproof make-up can be cleaned with micellar water, and you will find that it will not leave the skin red or irritated. Since micellar water is alcohol-free, it is suitable for sensitive skin as well.

How to use micellar water?

Micellar water, as the name suggests, has the same viscosity as water, with a slightly different texture. It is, however, easily absorbed by a cotton pad or ball. Soak a cotton pad with micellar water, leave it on your eyes and count for 5 seconds before swiping away the makeup and dirt – whilst gently cleansing your face. You will notice the dirt and grime on the pad. Take another pad and repeat until the pad is completely clean after wiping.

Micellar water will not only remove dirt from your skin, but will also get rid of excess oil. A good clean-up will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed, without drying it out. Micellar water is also safe for acne-prone skin as well as the most sensitive skin types since it does not contain any alcohol or unnatural ingredients. Since Micellar water is light and gentle on the skin, it does not need to be rinsed off. Leaving it on will also allow your skin to absorb the hydrating ingredients, making your skin soft to touch.

Uses of Micellar Water

As a cleanser, micellar water will equip your skin to start the day. It’s quick and easy, and you can follow it up with your moisturiser or day cream.

The versatility of micellar water makes it a handy addition to your beauty bag, and even your daily handbag.

Micellar water is useful when travelling as it is multi-purpose. You can remove make-up, cleanse and moisturise - all in one go.

When removing make-up, especially professional and water-proof make-up, micellar water does not leave an oily residue on the skin. This allows your skin to breathe and still stay clean and healthy.

Since micellar water is light in texture and does not need to be rinsed off, you can do some target cleaning on your face. So, you can use a cotton pad to remove your eye make-up, for example, and redo it with another shade for the rest of the evening.

If you have dry and sensitive skin, micellar water is gentle and hydrating. You can use it as a toner or after a face wash to provide additional benefits to your skin.

Use micellar water for a quick swipe in the gym to refresh your skin before you take a shower.

Soaps can be irritating to sensitive skin. Micellar water holds the skin barrier intact, while keeping your skin soft and refreshed.