At first look, micellar water might look like regular water or toner, but we assure you, it’s more than that.
Gentle on skin but tough on makeup, micellar water makes use of the molecular structure of micelles – which contain a hydrophobic tail and a hydrophillic head, arranged in a way that breaks apart on contact with skin, but rearranges itself to trap impurities, dirt and makeup after it’s lifted on skin.
To use, saturate a cotton pad with micellar water, and gentle swipe across face to remove makeup. Repeat until the cotton pad is clean and all traces of makeup are gone. Although we don’t recommend anyone skip cleansing, you can leave this by your bed to remove makeup before you hit the hay on really lazy days as micellar water doesn’t require rinsing, and doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind.
Considered a cult favourite, the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution can often be spotted backstage at runway shows to clean up messes. It removes makeup efficiently and if you ever botch your eye makeup, just dampen a Q-tip with the solution and clean off your mistakes easily.
Biore has some of the most amazing makeup removers at pocket-friendly prices. The Biore Acne Care Micellar Cleansing Water is formulated to suit acne-prone skin by removing makeup and excess sebum, without aggravating skin that’s already damaged.
Great at removing makeup, the Dior Hydra Life Micellar Water soothes as it cleans. Echinacea flower extract calms inflammed skin and gently removes makeup with ease.
Formulated with their proprietary Avène Thermal Spring Water, the Eau Thermale Avene Micellar Lotion lifts away impurities from skin and is gentle enough to use on your eyes as an eye makeup remover as well.
Powerful, yet gentle, the Garnier All-In-1 Micellar Cleansing Water cleanses and refreshes skin without harsh rubbing.
Containing thyme essential oils and lemon balm floral water, the Kiehl’s Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water removes makeup while imbuing skin with moisture that lasts up to 24 hours.
Do you really need a $190 micellar water? The answer is yes if you have witnessed the power of La Mer’s proprietary Miracle Broth. This micellar water also contains Marine Micelle Waters that lift away the stubbornest of eye makeup.
Suitable for sensitive, oily and blemish-prone skin, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Micellar Water lifts away impurities, makeup and excess sebum without affecting skin hydration.
The L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Moisturising is formulated with French rose extract to soothe skin while you cleanse. Skin feels clean and hydrated, without any tightness.
Formulated to dissolve stubborn waterproof makeup, the Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Top Secrets Demaquillant Micellaire Tonique cleanses and refreshes skin without the squeaky, tight feeling.