Micellar water is growing in popularity, according to a recent skincare report by Mintel, but what exactly is it? Here, we explain everything you need to know about the buzzy skincare product.
When you hear the words ‘micellar water’, you mind might automatically cast to Bioderma’s iconic Sensibio H20 Micellar Water. This clever innovation saw many beauty aficionados and editors trek to French pharmacies just to get their hands on one. When it was finally brought to the UK in 2013, the micellar water market blew up and took up more space on high street shelves.
Since then, our love for micellar water has only continued to grow. A recent report by Mintel found that the number of British women using micellar water has increased from 25% to 29% in the last year and that interest in facial cleansing is growing. But what exactly is a micellar water and how does it work?
“Micellar waters have been on the cleansing circuit for some time now,” says Dr Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist at Skin55. “They use tiny micelles (small balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in water to draw out skin impurities.”
While they’re effective at removing make-up, they don’t provide a thorough cleanse on their own, though.
“They can be useful for all skin types but my feeling remains that they are most useful as a cleansing option when there is no water available,” says Dr Mahto. “To use these as a primary cleanser after removing make-up and sunscreen at the end of the day requires a lot of time and product.
“They can, however, be useful as a second cleanse to remove any excess grime after the main cleanse has been carried out with another product.”
Additionally, micellar waters are handy at breaking down stubborn eye make-up before you initiate a proper cleanse. Dispense some onto a reusable cotton pad and hold it over your eye to melt away mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow. This will save you from harshly rubbing the delicate eye area when you go on to cleansing.
Eager to give it a try? Here, we run through our favourite micellar waters on the market.
Best micellar waters, picked by the Stylist beauty team
Garnier Organic Cornflower Micellar Cleansing Water
Made with organic cornflower, botanical glycerin and barley water, this micellar water removes make-up effectively, while soothing skin. Plus, the packaging is made from 100% recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable.
Lumene Nordic Hydra [Lähde] Pure Arctic Miracle 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water
Formulated to maintain healthy skin, this micellar water contains pure arctic spring water and mineral-rich organic birch sap.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution
The original micellar water, this Bioderma micellar is an undisputed cult product. It gets rid of dirt and make-up without disturbing the skin barrier or stripping skin. It’s no surprise that one bottle sells every three seconds worldwide.
Perricone MD No:Rinse Micellar Cleansing Treatment
As well as providing a thorough clean, this micellar contains brightening l-carnitine (an amino acid) and vitamin b5 to hydrate skin.
Klorane Micellar Water with Organically Farmed Cornflower
Made with only six ingredients, this Klorane micellar contains organically-farmed cornflower cultivated on the brand’s land in southwest France. It’s gentle enough for those with sensitive skin and leaves skin soft.
La Roche-Posay Sensitive Skin Micellar Solution
Formulated specifically for those with sensitive skin – including skin types prone to redness, acne and inflammation – this micellar contains thermal spring water and removes make-up with one easy swipe.
Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water
This clever little bottle contains a chain of amino acids that encourage collagen production, hyaluronic acid to keep skin plump and blackberry lead to boost elastin in your skin.
Drunk Elephant E-Rase Milki Micellar Water
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