What is Micellar Water?

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I’m back again (as promised), and today I’ll be talking about Micellar Water. You’ve probably seen this before, I know I had and it has been on my mind for a while but it wasn’t until I was speaking with a lovely reader that it really cemented my need to try it. I think the thing that particularly got me was the number of awards these products are receiving and the rave reviews on YouTube. I mean who can ignore that sort of good press? These are being marketed as a three-in-one product which will be effective on all skin types with very little work needed. A little investigating revealed that they’re a popular choice among models and skin-conscious beauty professionals due to the lack of soap and alcohol contained within the solution which effortlessly removes makeup without the need for makeup wipes. There’s also the fact that these don’t need to be rinsed that is working for them, so with only positives beginning to add up I decided it was about time that I tried them for myself.

Before I even bought the product which surprisingly wasn’t that hard to find or expensive – always a winner in my book – I guess there was one question that was really bothering me still: What is a Micelle? So as always, I did my research. A micelle is defined as: ‘An aggregate of molecules in a colloidal solution, such as those formed by detergents.‘ Basically without getting too far into the science side of things, this means that a micelle is a group of fat-like cells which form clusters in water-like solutions. You might be wondering why I thought this was important and really it was just because I’d only really ever seen the word in some of my university textbooks, and never on a beauty product before and it turned out that it’s these groups of cells which cling to dirt, impurities and makeup allowing them to be wiped away easily. So with all that aside I took a trip down to my trusty local Kmart and picked up the Garnier Skin Natural Micellar Cleansing Water for $12.75 AUD.

In their own words: “For the 1st time by Garnier, Micellar technology is introduced in an all-in-one cleanser. Micells are an active cleansing ingredient which act as a magnet to capture impurities, make-up and sebum on the skin without vigorous rubbing. The result? Perfectly cleansed and refreshed skin without vigorous rubbing or rinsing. A soothing formula without perfume to suit all skin types, even sensitive. Micellar Cleansing Water’s 400mL format corresponds to 200 applications (on a cotton pad).” And let me tell you that it does everything that is promised. I did a patch text on my hand with a stripe of Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, my Topshop Waterproof Eye Liner, Maybelline’s Master Precise Liner and for good measure, a strip of a Lime Crime Velvetine which I’ve always found difficult to remove in the past and found that each of them was removed easily with very minimal rubbing leaving no trace behind.

I also like how my skin felt once I was done clearing away the products. I had nothing to rinse away (it had pretty much dried within seconds) and yet my skin wasn’t oily which was a surprise considering how other makeup remover seem to work. My skin felt smooth and just generally more hydrated than it had prior to the application. It doesn’t have a scent or really anything that would actually irritate my somewhat sensitive skin and leaves no residue behind making it the perfect product to take with you for quick and easy makeup removal that leaves your skin feeling refreshed instantly. I’m having such a good run with new products that just working for me recently but I’ve got to say that this is most likely, as far as I am concerned, going to be my holy grail of cleansers. I like that it’s lightweight still manages to do everything that it says it will, and today, with so many products floating about on the shelves of pharmacies and supermarkets it can be hard to know which ones will work – but I’m glad to say this one truly does.

I’ll be back with a new blog on Wednesday – it could very well be my last with my hair in it’s current state – and in the mean time, what do you think of Micellar Waters and are there any other brands that I should be trying? Let me know in the comments section below!

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