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Micellar Water: What Is It and How Do You Use It?

Skin Care Essentials

Micellar Water: What Is It and How Do You Use It? Micellar Water: What Is It and How Do You Use It? Micellar Water: What Is It and How Do You Use It?

Micellar water is touted over and over again for its ability to act as both a makeup remover and a facial cleanser. 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 a 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 for anyone who’s always on the go, regardless of 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, 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. Often times in oily skin, over cleansing and exfoliating to remove excess sebum can strip skin. This cleansing option is gentle on skin, while still removing makeup, dirt, and excess oil in one step, leaving skin purified and looking mattified.  

If you have dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin. In normal to dry skin, basic cleansers and exfoliators can strip the skin causing dryness. This cleansing option is gentle on skin, while still removing makeup, dirt, and excess oil in one step, leaving skin feeling hydrated and soothed.

If you wear waterproof makeup regularly…try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. Removing waterproof mascara with basic cleansers is generally difficult, leading to harsh rubbing, which can dry skin. This cleansing option is gentle on skin, while still removing makeup, dirt, and excess oil in one step, leaving skin looking hydrated and purified.

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. Micellar water can be used on your face, eyes, and lips for cleansing and makeup removal, so don’t miss a single spot. And that’s it!

If you have more time to dedicate to your skin care routine, you can also use micellar water as your first step for double cleansing. Once you’re done wiping your face, follow up with a rinse-off cleanser. This can help remove any lingering makeup or remaining impurities from the surface of your skin. Consider the following options for the second step in your cleansing routine:

If you have rough skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser. This cleanser’s formula is enhanced with red algae and goes beyond daily cleansing to help exfoliate for skin that feels smoother.

If you have dull-looking skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser. Formulated with charcoal, the cleanser helps purify skin of dirt and pollution.

If you have oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser. This cleanser, which is formulated with eucalyptus, helps leave skin purified of dirt, oil, and pollution.

To use any of the aforementioned cleansers, squeeze the cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from a clay consistency into a mousse. Then, gently massage it onto your face using circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry before completing the rest of your skin care routine.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER CLEANSING WITH MICELLAR WATER?

No matter what cleanser (or cleansers) you end up using, they won’t be able to serve as the entirety of your regimen. After getting completely clean, you’ll need to take a few other steps.

1. Apply a serum

Have a specific complexion concern to address? In that case, it sounds like you need a serum. Choose one of three serums, named below, to apply directly after cleansing.

If you have dark spots…try the L’Oréal Paris Youth Code™ Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector. This luxurious, fast-absorbing, light-illuminating facial serum can help skin appear more luminous immediately and diminish the look of dark spots with continued use over time.

 If you have mature skin...try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Advanced Skin Repair Daily Serum. This anti-aging serum can help skin feel more hydrated and look more radiant immediately.

If you have uneven tone…try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Concentrated Serum. Immediately, after using this serum you can expect your complexion to look more radiant, while skin tone will look more even with continued use over time.

2. Layer moisturizer over top

Cleansing and moisturizing go together like mac & cheese—or any other famous duos you can think of. As such, you’ll want to be sure to apply a moisturizer too. Just as you’d choose a micellar water formulated for your specific skin type, you should pick a moisturizer that suits your skin’s needs. Consider pairing a micellar water with a water-based moisturizer, like any of the following:

If you have oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin. When you have normal or oily skin, external factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage your surface skin’s moisture barrier, potentially causing a loss of moisture. This effect can be combatted with the help of a moisturizer. This one, which is formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid, helps remove the appearance of excess sebum for a fresh feel and leaves skin looking mattified.

If you have dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin. When it comes to normal to dry skin, the same external factors that affect oily skin—pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing, can also damage dry surface skin’s moisture barrier. That loss of moisture could cause your skin to become drier—leading your complexion to look dull. This moisturizer is formulated with aloe water and hyaluronic acid, enveloping your skin with moisture and improving your radiance.

If you have extra dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Extra dry skin can have a very fragile moisture barrier—and those external factors we’ve told you about may damage that barrier. This can cause your skin to help lose its ability to retain moisture, leading to your complexion feeling tight and uncomfortable. That’s where this moisturizer comes in. Formulated with aloe water and hyaluronic acid, it leaves skin feeling comforted, soothed, and nourished with moisture.

3. Finish with sunscreen

Micellar water is admittedly pretty deserving of the title miracle worker—a fact you’ll agree with if you’ve ever used one to remove your most stubborn eye makeup—but it still doesn’t negate your need for sunscreen. To protect your skin, your routine should always end with applying SPF. Follow the FDA’s guidelines and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF value of at least 15, every day. Additionally, you can take other protection measures, like wearing a broad-brimmed hat and avoiding the sun during peak hours—from 10AM to 2PM.

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 face masks on your skin at the same time.