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Chances are, by now you’ve heard of micellar water. This French-favorite facial cleanser is officially one of the trendiest skin care products of the moment—and for good reason. Not only can micellar water be used to cleanse skin without rinsing afterward, but it’s also super gentle and quite multipurpose, not to mention its many practical benefits. A quick refresher on how it works: Micellar water is powered by micelles—tiny oil molecules—that act as a magnet to pull makeup and impurities from the surface of your skin. How cool is that? Below, find the best micellar water to suit your skin’s needs and learn five different ways to add micellar water into your skin care routine.
Before you can go about using micellar water, you’ve got to find the right one for your skin type, as different formulas can help address different issues and skin care concerns. Choose from the following three options—then follow our advice for cleansing with micellar water. Each of the below micellar cleansing waters share the same basic function—they help remove makeup and clean dirt and impurities from the surface of your skin.
If you wear waterproof makeup often...try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which intensely purifies. Normal makeup remover can require harsh rubbing of the eye area to get completely clean, especially if you wear waterproof makeup. Micellar water is gentle and this formula cleans off eye makeup in just one easy step.
If you have dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin, which hydrates, soothes, and leaves skin feeling refreshed without any dryness.
If you have oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Oily Skin, which purifies and mattifies oily skin without stripping it completely.
Once you’ve found the best micellar water for your skin type, it’s time to think about how you’re going to use this nifty no-rinse facial cleanser. We’ve got five ideas for you:
Let’s be real: Who has the time (or energy!) to dedicate themselves to a super-lengthy skin care routine when they wake up? The good news is that you can cleanse without putting in much effort by using a micellar water. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water of your choice, then wipe the pad across your skin. It’s that simple! Just don’t forget to follow up with a moisturizer.
Sleeping in your makeup? That’d be a major skin care no-no. When you do that, your makeup can mix with the dirt and oils that have built up on the surface of your skin throughout the day—and this can lead to clogged pores, which in turn can lead to breakouts. This is why its super important to always, always remove your makeup before bed. So, keep a bottle of micellar water near your bed so that you can remove your makeup even if you’re exhausted. After saturating a cotton round with micellar water, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds for easy, quick eye makeup removal.
Sometimes, you may not want to remove a full face of makeup. In fact, maybe you just want to freshen up your eye makeup for a night out. To do this, you’ll need a bit more control than applying micellar water to a cotton pad and then to your skin allows for. To target specific areas, use a cotton swab. Applied to a cotton swab, micellar water can remove and help fine-tune makeup mistakes that may occur when applying eyeliner, mascara, or even lipstick.
Want a deeper clean? Double cleansing involves first cleansing with a no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water, then following up with a rinse-off cleanser. Your micellar water will remove impurities from the surface of your skin while your second cleanser will be responsible for getting rid of any remaining impurities.
Since micellar water doesn’t require you to be anywhere near a sink to use it, it makes a great gym bag pick. Stash one in your tote so that you can cleanse after a sweat-sesh.
Now that you’ve got the micellar water basics down pat, it’s time to upgrade your skin care skills. Next up, check out our article, 5 Micellar Water Hacks That Will Make Your Cleansing Routine Easier, for even more ways to use this handy-dandy facial cleanser.