Your Newest Beauty Hack: Micellar Water July 28, 2016 – Posted in: Featured, Home Center – Tags: , , , ,

What is micellar water? Is it a special kind of water only found in the springs of some exotic location? Have we found the mythical Fountain of Youth? Unfortunately, no. The truth may be a bit less exciting, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it.

Micellar water is a solution made up of a water base with molecules, called micelles, suspended in it. Each micelle is made up of a cluster of surfactant molecules. Surfactants are the ingredients that enable soaps, shampoos, face washes, and the like to actually clean. So basically micellar water is just soapy water. However, the difference is the kind of surfactants used, since some can also be irritants to the skin. Those used in micellar water are mild enough to be left on the skin but powerful enough to remove makeup and oil.

So how exactly does it work? Unlike other makeup removers that work by dissolving the bonds between cosmetic pigments, micelles open up and trap makeup and dirt to be wiped away. Thus, micellar water leaves your face with less residue and subsequently no need for additional cleansing, rinsing, or toning.


So where did this skincare cure-all come from? Micellar water, or eau micellaire, was first widely used in France before traditional plumbing came about. Because the tap water in France was so harsh, eau micellaire quickly gained popularity among French women as their go-to face cleanser. Its popularity waned as newer, fancier skincare products were developed. However, it has recently seen a resurgence, mostly due to the fashion show makeup artists who realized its ability to quickly and efficiently remove models’ makeup without needing any water.


Micellar water should be your newest beauty hack because it really can do it all, and quickly. Depending on the specific ingredients of the product, those containing micellar water are able to remove makeup, clear pores, and moisturize skin simultaneously. The most convenient part is there’s no rinsing necessary. All you need is a cotton ball or pad and your micellar water product of choice, which is why it’s great for travelling, camping, a post-gym pick-me-up, or even a mid-day refresher. It’s especially useful for those nights when you’re too tired and lazy to embark on the journey that is wiping off the day’s makeup.


Soaps, detergents, and alcohols can strip much needed moisture from the skin, leaving it dry and dehydrated. Micellar water contains none of these and thus leaves the skin hydrated. For this reason, it is especially effective for cleaning dry skin and preventing the need for layers upon layers of moisturizers and hydrating creams. Overtime, daily use can leave skin glowing with that natural dewy finish.


Micellar water cleansers are highly recommended for people with sensitive skin because it doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals, commonly found in other cleansers, that can irritate your skin and cause redness and that tight feeling. Because it is so effective at removing makeup, there is no need to roughly scrub your face which can be especially taxing for those with skin that’s already easily inflamed.


There are now many different formulas out there that contain micellar water. While all of these products are able to naturally remove sebum and wax-based substances, like dirt and oil, that often clog pores and cause breakouts, some are even more specifically geared towards acne-prone skin. These may contain ingredients like additional cleansers, cucumber water, or witch hazel to further prevent and reduce the appearance of blemishes.


Micellar water isn’t just versatile when it comes to its uses. It’s also versatile when it comes to the different kinds of products it can be used in. From highly sought after French products to highly affordable drugstore products, you can find it in cleansers, lotions, oils, and even face wipes.

micellar water products

By far the most buzzed about product is Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution which boasts one bottle sold every five seconds across the world. Cited as a favorite among makeup artists for quick and easy makeup removal, this formerly well kept French secret is now sold on Amazon at $23 for a 500 mL bottle.

If you’re looking for something a bit thicker than a water solution, La Roche-Posay’s Make-up Remover Micellar Water Gel is another great option. At $16 for a 195 mL bottle, this French brand won’t break the bank. Even though it is a gel instead of a water solution, it’s just as rinse-free and easy to use.

Another popular French brand, Embryolisse, makes a Micellar Lotion that combines the make-up removing and hydrating power of micellar water with chamomile, witch-hazel, and glycerin to deeply moisturize your skin. At $26 for a 250 mL bottle, this lotion is a little bit pricier than its fellow French products but well worth it.

Micellar water is also breaking into super affordable drugstore products like L’Oreal Paris’s Skin Perfection Purifying Micellar Water, which is under $4.50 for 200 mL. Don’t be fooled by the low price. This product boasts a 3-in-1 formula that removes makeup, unclogs pores, and tones skin.

Removing water-proof makeup can be especially hard, even for micellar water. However, Vichy’s Purete Thermale Cleansing Micellar Oil is able to do just that without the need for excessive rubbing. Another French-based product, this oil is specially formulated with micelles and Camellia Oil to nourish and moisturize rather than strip the skin as it removes makeup.

If ultimate ease and simplicity is what you’re looking for, Simple’s Micellar Make-up Remover Wipes are the skincare product for you. These affordable, $6.79 for a pack of 25, wipes are travel-friendly and eliminate the need to bring around extra cotton balls or pads with you. With the power of micellar water and micro vitamins, they are able to remove makeup and unclog pores while nourishing the skin.