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.
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