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What’s the deal with Micellar Water?

Debby Harrington

It may look boring, but it’s not your typical water.

Makeup removal is the most important step in any beauty routine. Makeup can clog pores causing blemishes, dry out your skin, clog the eyelash follicles and even cause them to break. There’s also that scary thing we look at in the mirror the morning after sleeping in a face full of the stuff so if you put it on, be prepared to take it off.

Now ladies, if you haven’t already, put those makeup wipes away and bring out the micellar water. Your skin needs this.

Most makeup wipes contain alcohol that can dry out the skin and while they take off your makeup, they don’t get rid of oil and dirt. Then there’s the rubbing motion which, especially around the ultra delicate under eye area, isn’t advisable unless you actually want wrinkles.

Micellar water is actually oil molecules suspended in water.

It originated in France because their water was too harsh for people to actually use on their skin. The micelles bind to dirt, makeup and whatever other nasties are on our skin, cleansing, toning, hydrating and moisturising. It also gets rid of waterproof mascara, which can be the bane of your existence after a big night out.

Bioderma Sensibio

Bioderma Sensibio

It contains no alcohol and is much more gentle on your skin. All you need to do is grab a soft cotton pad, pour some of the product on it and gently wipe across your face – there’s no need to rinse it.

Canberra beauty therapist Jessica Peris from Jessica Peris Beautique says micellar water works for everyone, even those with sensitive skin.

“I believe micellar water has more cleansing properties, it’s also good for all skin types,” she says. “I personally think it just works better and you aren’t left with an oily or greasy feel afterwards.”

If you are prone to breakouts or have acne, Jessica recommends cleansing with a facewash afterwards.

“As a beauty therapist I do believe nothing beats a good cleanser, so if you have the time – definitely,” she says.


Garnier Skin Active Micellar

“This will ensure you’ve removed all of your makeup and build up from the day, however, as most of us these days are time poor, micellar water is definitely a good option on its own.”

If you weren’t convinced before, you can also use micellar water as a makeup fix. How many times have we had a slip when doing our eyeliner? Drop a bit on a cotton bud and you won’t have to start anything all over again.

As for how it compares to eye makeup removers, these products also contain alcohol and a few other chemicals that are not ideal for the skin or around the eyes.

There are plenty of companies that have jumped on the micellar water bandwagon and here are the best two on the market right now.

Jessica Peris is a fan of Bioderma. Hydrabio H2O is specifically formulated for dehydrated skin. Beauticate founder Sigourney Cantelo uses Bioderma’s Sensibio as part of her routine as does Gritty Pretty beauty editor Eleanor Pendleton so it has a very solid stamp of approval.

If you’re looking for a slightly more afforable option, Garnier Skin Active micellar water is ideal for acne prone skin in removing excess oil.


Debby Harrington

Debby is a journalist by trade who grew up in Perth before making her way to Canberra. As long as she can remember, her mother has always followed a beauty routine methodically, morning and night, which is where Debby developed her taste for the world of beauty. Debby loves trying new products and can’t live without lip balm, sunscreen and concealer. She also has her own blog featuring all things fashionable and beautiful so check out More about the Author

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