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What is Micellar Water?

Skin Care Essentials

What is Micellar Water? What is Micellar Water? What is Micellar Water?

Micellar water is touted over and over again for its ability to do everything from removing makeup to cleansing skin. But is micellar water too good to be true, or does it live up to the hype? The thing is, although micellar water looks similar to toner and essence, it’s actually quite different. So, while you might think you know everything there is to know about micellar water, it could be useful to brush up on your knowledge. Keep reading to learn what micellar water is, how it works, and how to find the best one for your skin type.

What Is Micellar Water?

While micellar water has only become super-trendy in the United States in the last few years, it turns out it has been used by Parisians since way back. The reason why it’s so popular? Well, micellar water doesn’t require any rinsing, making it great option for when you’re traveling or at the gym. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act like a magnet to help lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin.

Who Should Use Micellar Water?

The good news is, just about anyone can use micellar water, as there are formulas available for different skin types (more on finding your match later!). Since you don’t have to be near a sink to use micellar water, it can be a convenient cleansing option when you’re on the go, regardless of your skin type.

What’s the Best Micellar Water for Your Skin Type?

Now that you know what micellar cleansing water is and who should use it, it’s time to find the best micellar water formula for your skin type. Take your pick from the following three options below, each of which helps remove makeup and clean dirt and impurities from skin’s surface.

If you have oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Oily Skin, which purifies and mattifies.

If you have dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin, which hydrates and soothes.

If you wear waterproof makeup regularly…try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which intensely purifies.

How Do You Use Micellar Water?

Micellar water is one of the simplest skin care products to use. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water of your choice, then wipe the pad across your face. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleansers can be used on your face, eyes, and lips for cleansing and makeup removal. That’s it! If you have more time to spend on your skin care routine, you can also use micellar water as the first step in a double cleanse. Once you’re done wiping your face, follow up with a rinse-off cleanser. This can help remove any remaining impurities from the surface of your skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser.

What Should You Do After Cleansing with Micellar Water?

No matter what cleanser you end up using, it’s a good idea to apply a moisturizer afterwards. Just as you’d choose a micellar water formulated for your specific skin type, you should also pick a moisturizer that suits your skin’s needs. Consider pairing a micellar water with a water-based moisturizer. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Post-cleansing, apply your moisturizer of choice over your face and neck.

Congratulations: You’re officially a micellar water pro. Now that you know everything there is to know about this buzzy skin care product, get familiar with another beauty trend. Check out our article, Multi-Masking Recipes for Every Combination Skin Type, to learn how to use multiple masks on your skin at the same time.