You’ve probably seen Micellar Water everywhere recently – it seems every brand has one – but not necessarily understood exactly how it works. In fact, the idea behind Micellar Water, and how it works is very simple. Micellar Water is made up of micelles, which are tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules, suspended in a soft water. These micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they draw out impurities without drying out your skin. Not only does Micellar Water work as a non-drying cleanser, it also removes makeup (stay in place or water proof makeup may need a second cleanse), and is very effective as a gentle eye make up remover. Micellar Water can also act as a toner/softener, prepping your skin for the serum or moisturiser that you use afterwards, so it’s a great multi-tasking product. To use – simply saturate a cotton ball or pad with Micellar Water, and wipe over your face – quick, easy, effective.
So, what should you look for in a Micellar Water? That all depends on your skin type and concern. Most Micellar Waters now have added ingredients to benefit your skin, and you can find a Micellar Water to suit just about any skin type. Our favourites are:
Bioderma Sensibio H20
Formulated especially for sensitive skin, Bioderma is today supported by leading dermatologists, is recommend by pharmacists and is overwhelmingly favoured by customers all over the world. In fact, this Micellar Water is so popular that one Bioderma Sensibio H2O is sold every two seconds somewhere in the world! The gentle formula, cleanses and removes makeup from your face and eyes. The micelles in the formula ensure impurities are removed, whilst respecting your skins natural balance. Soothing ingredients help prevent feelings of irritation and dryness. 250ml RRP $31.99. Also available in holiday friendly 100ml and 500ml sizes. If you travel a lot, or like to cleanse throughout our hot summer days, then newly launched Sensibio H2O wipes could be the ideal product for you. The formula is enhanced with soothing ingredients, so they are great for sensitive skin and eyes, Sensibio H2O wipes prevent the skin from feeling the irritation often caused by cleansing. Now you can take Bioderma’s Micellar Water everywhere you go! 25 wipes, RRP $20.99.
Nivea Daily Essentials Caring Micellar Water
Formulated in both Sensitive and Normal formulas, NIVEA Daily Essentials Sensitive Caring Micellar Water works to remove makeup without any rubbing or rinsing. The gentle, caring formula moisturises your skin whilst cleansing, leaving your skin looking supple and hydrated. The Sensitive formula (pictured), with grape seed oil and pro-vitamin B5 helps to reduce the signs of sensitive skin, including redness and tightness, whilst the Normal formula with vitamin E cares for your face and eyes. The no-rinse formula makes it the perfect cleanser for cleansing on the go, at the gym, before you go out after work etc. 200ml RRP $9.97, 400ml RRP $11.99.
Avene Micellar Lotion
From the sensitive skin experts, Avène Micellar Lotion Micellar lotion has been specifically formulated for the cleansing and make-up removal of sensitive skin. The formula is a 3 in 1 no rinse lotion, which cleanses, removes make-up and impurities and tones your skin. The non-greasy, refreshing formula offers the anti-irritant and soothing benefits of Avène Thermal Spring Water and the moisturising properties of sodium hyaluronate, to leave your skin feeling soft and fresh. Paraben free, Avène Micellar lotion formula is hypoallergenic and non comedogenic, and is gentle enough to be used morning and night. 200ml RRP $30.95, 400ml RRP $40.95.
Simple Water Boost Micellar Water
Perfect for dehydrated, or dry skin, and containing no artificial fragrances or colours, Simple® Skincare Micellar Cleansing Water is a non-rinse facial cleanser that removes make-up and impurities. The cleanser contains plant extracts and minerals which soothe and rehydrate your skin, leaving you with refreshed, supply skin, ready for your serum or moisturiser. The formula is so gentle, and so moisturising, it can also be used on sensitive skin. 200ml RRP $9.99, 400ml RRP $12.99.
Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water
Paraben & sulphate free, Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water is a gentle Micellar Cleansing Water, infused with aloe vera to soothe and hydrate skin, and chamomile and cucumber to calm. Your skin is gently yet thoroughly cleansed and makeup removed, leaving your skin without the tight, dry feeling. The formula is suitable for all skin types, and has a soft vanilla scent. 250ml RRP $10.95.
A’kin Cleansing Micellar Water
A’kin Cleansing Micellar Water is a pH-balanced, soap-free cleansing water that doesn’t require rinsing. The Micellar Water is formulated with organic coconut water, green tea, cucumber and lavender to cool, soothe and refresh your skin while gently and effectively lifting away makeup and impurities. The formula is gentle enough to be used by all skin types. 150ml RRP $14.95.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil
If you wear waterproof mascara, or long wearing foundations, this could be the Micellar water you’ve been looking for. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil is a bi-phase cleanser that effectively dissolves waterproof and long-lasting make-up, as well as eliminating impurities without rubbing your skin. The non-greasy formula is enriched with argan oil to hydrate and soothe your skin, and can be used on even the most sensitive skin. 400ml RRP $14.95.
Natio Rosewater Hydration Antioxidant Micellar Cleansing Water
This product is packed so full of extras, it’s hard to know where to start. The formula for Natio Rosewater Hydration Antioxidant Micellar Cleansing Water harnesses the benefits of rosewater to capture impurities and deeply purify the skin, leaving it soft and glowing, whilst the inclusion of antioxidants helps protect your skin against environmental damage. The gentle formula effortlessly removes makeup without the need to scrub or tug, and leaves your skin refreshed, radiant and prepared for serum or moisturiser. The formula can be used by all skin types. 250ml RRP $14.95.