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Micellar Water : A unique product

Updated: Oct 26, 2019

Micellar water is made up of micelles suspended in water.  Think of micelles as molecules that can attach to dirt and oil on one side and water on the other.  If you remember back to high school chemistry micelles are polar.  This is actually how shampoos work as well.  The thought is that these products can pull away dirt and not be as drying or irritating to the skin.

Micellar water is not used it like a cleanser by washing it off.  It is actually used by applying it to a cotton ball and wiping across the face.  The hydrophobic side of the micelles attracts dirt and oil to pull it away from the skin.  It is meant to pull away impurities by the attraction to the molecule.  It does not break down the skin itself.

By drawing away impurities by attracting them to the molecules suspended in the water solution, micellar water is less likely to dry out and irritate the skin. This makes it ideal for people with sensitive skin or rosacea.  When you wash with it, it feels like a lightweight water solution.  Due to this fact it is not great at removing makeup or thicker products like eyeliner or mascara.

Benefits of Micellar Water

Benefit #1:

Micellar water is not harsh.  The mild cleansing properties of micellar water make it less likely to be irritating to sensitive skin types.

Benefit #2:

You can get a quick cleanse without turning on the tap! 

Benefit #3:

Micellar water is a great way to clean makeup brushes.  By using micellar water to clean makeup brushes you are less likely to have a soapy residue build up on the bristles.

Benefit #4:

Cleanse and remove makeup in one step!

Since most people that think about micellar water in their routine tend to have sensitive skin its important to avoid products with fragrance.  This may counter the benefit of less irritation from the micellar itself.

I have not really seen different potencies noted on micellar water bottles.  Usually the differences in products are based on packaging and other added ingredients. 

Taking a cotton ball and dampening it with the micellar water is reasonable to attain the cleanse you are looking for.  It is mild and safe enough to use on a daily basis, even twice daily if preferred.

What to avoid? The main ingredients to avoid with micellar water are fragrances and alcohol. It’s unclear why these would be added. Fragrances may smell nice in a cleanser but can add to irritation and skin sensitivities. Some products may add alcohol and this simply doesn’t make sense. It may be added for ‘consumer satisfaction’. With a mild product such as micellar water, it could be easy to see how some people used to harsher cleaners may not feel ‘clean’ after using them. Some companies may add alcohol or even menthol to add a tingle to the skin to give the impression of ‘feeling clean’. When most are using this product for the skin sensitivities they have, this can be counterproductive!

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