Why everyone is raving about micellar waters


Despite micellar waters being around for decades, they’ve only recently gained international popularity. But what’s all the fuss about?

Micellar water is a cleansing formula that removes dirt, impurities and make-up from the skin. It first became popular in France, and is thought to have originated over 100 years ago. Micellar water contains “micelles” – tiny oil molecules that are suspended in water. These molecules have the ability to attract dirt and oil, and they draw out impurities, but the beauty is that they don’t dry out your skin.

Many cleansers have a foamy component that strips the skin of dirt (and sometimes of its moisture, too). Micelles hold on to dirt, and dissolve it, all while hydrating the skin.

Micellar waters are also free of alcohol (so they are non-drying) and are usually completely safe to use around the delicate eye area. They can even be used on very dry and blemished skins. And best of all? They require absolutely no rinsing, so you can cleanse and hydrate your skin in one easy step.

Only downfall? They don’t always remove waterproof eye make-up.

We think they’re the perfect all-in-one travel companion and the perfect product to simplify your skincare routine. Some of our favourites include:

Lancôme Micellar Cleansing Water, R389
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire, R190
Payot Soothing Cleansing Water, R305
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, R80

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12 Responses

  1. I used the pink Bioderma bottle for ages and it’s so gentle on the skin. I like to dampen a cotton wool pad and sweep this all over my face and then follow through with a face wash to be thorough without drying out my skin.
    I’ve just recently purchased and started using the Garnier version and so far it works just the same and is quite effective with removing eye makeup.

  2. I’ve heard great things about the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and as a user and lover of all things Garnier, I’m so excited about this product

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