Everything you need to know about micellar water

Although micellar water’s been a thing for some time, I’ve only recently got involved (yes, I know I’m a bit late to the game) and I’ve just started to realise why beauty bloggers have been raving SO MUCH  about this not so secret weapon. Yes, this wonderful product has literally transformed my skin and now, my skincare regime just wouldn’t be the same without the watery goodness of the legendary micellar.

The days of using a standard wipe to remove your make-up before bed really are long gone, trust me. Once you’ve given micellar water a go (if you haven’t already), then you definitely won’t want to go back. But if you don’t have a clue about what it is or what it does, then let me give you the micellar water 101 my friends.

What’s is Micellar Water and what does it do?

Unsurprisingly, micellar water is made up of little tiny oil cleaning molecules called micelles which are suspended in water. Basically, these molecules are attracted to all the crap that clogs up our skin, like dirt and oil. The micelles are able to effectively draw out the impurities without drying out the skin and don’t leave behind a build up of oil like most cleansers do.

Can’t I just use water from the tap?

Nope. Micellar water may look like standard water because it has the same viscosity of water. But when you apply it to your skin, you’ll notice that it has a different texture to the water that comes out of the tap, due to the presence of the micelles.

Is it okay to use on sensitive skin?

Absolutely, micellar water is amazing for sensitive skin and those with dry skin. Most face washes can make these types of skin dry out further or may even irritate the skin due to an ingredient in the product. Daily use of micellar can help thirsty skin feel way more hydrated.

What about oily and acne prone skin?

Yes, you can use micellar water on oily and acne prone skin; however it’s worth purchasing one specifically for oily skin. You may find that if you use a standard miceller water on oily skin, then you’ll need to use it in combination with another product such as a traditional facial cleanser to make sure everything’s been removed!

How do I apply it?

Cotton wool or a cotton wool pad. Easy peasy.

So I can use it to remove all of my make up?

Micellar works really well for cleansing the face and removing a full face of make-up, but if you like to wear heavy foundation or do particularly dark, smoky eyes with lashing of black eyeliner and thick black waterproof mascara, then you’ll probably need to combine micellar water with another product to successfully freshen up your face.

But there’s so many on the market, how do I know what one to buy?

To be honest, I’m pretty sure that the various brands out there can’t vary from one another too drastically. As previously mentioned, just make sure that if you’ve got oily/acne prone skin, that you buy a micellar water especially for this skin type.

What Micellar Water would you recommend?

For my first purchase, I thought I’d give the KIKO Pure Clean Water a whirl. At £6.30, the pricing of this product isn’t too hideous, and it comes with a built in dispenser, cleverly designed to eliminate waste, preventing you from having to turn the bottle upside down. Nice.

This magical formula works really well for normal to dry skin (I’m the latter) and the formula contains lily extract and silk derivatives and is delicately scented with notes of magnolia, peach and sandalwood. Dreamy stuff. Also, it doesn’t contain any nasty parabens, so really this one is a win-win all round.

Kiko’s Pure Clean Water makes removing make-up such a doddle, as it seems so darn effortless. It leaves my skin feeling so clean, fresh and hydrated (it’s particularly hard to make dry skin feel hydrated – FYI I also use Decleor’s Neroli Oil to combat my thirsty skin which works an absolute treat). I’m also certain that it’s helped my blemishes chill a little, which I’m still getting at the grand old age of 28. So if you haven’t yet given micellar water a go, then you need to get yourself a bottle of Kiko’s Pure Clean Water and see what you think!

Pippa Masson

Pippa is head of content at Suit Your Look and specialises in fashion and beauty.

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