1992. That’s when Bioderma launched the very first micellar water. But, despite 28 years passing by, the cleansing product still has a lot of people scratching their heads. Beauty experts and makeup artists may raise a brow at this – it’s simple right? Well, apparently not. Some of the most common micellar water questions still circulating in Google are ‘what does it do?’ and ‘is it a toner?’. Naturally, I couldn’t stand by and leave these unanswered, so I have created an edit that’ll make everyone micelle masters. Find every question answered, and your micellar match below…
1. What is micellar water?
Micellar water is a no-rinse cleanser. The oily water contains suspended surfactant molecules called micelles, which attract dirt and oil. Micellar water is praised for its ability to clean skin without drying it out as they don’t tend to contain alcohol, plus they don’t leave a greasy residue behind as some cleansers do.
It’s important to note that micellar waters aren’t cleansing waters. Micellar waters are oily while cleansing waters contain purified water, plus ingredients such as plant extracts and essential oils.
2. What are the benefits of using micellar water?
They’re quick and easy; micellar waters allow you to clean your skin in a simple (typically gentle and hydrating) swipe, which is especially handy if you don’t have access to running water, or running water irritates your skin. They make the ideal first cleanse. Note how I said first cleanse? If you wear heavy makeup micellar water won’t cut it as your only cleanse, follow-up with a cleansing milk/gel.
3. Is micellar water a toner?
No. That was easy! I can see how people go wrong thinking this, however; micellar waters hydrate the skin as they cleanse, and toners are liquids that give skin a hit of hydration. Both have very different functions, a micellar water’s primary job is to clean, whereas a toner or lotion as the French call it, acts as a skincare primer. Toners/lotions tend to include acids, glycerin, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories to hydrate and remove dead cells so that your skin is prepped for the rest of your routine.
4. What ingredients are in micellar waters?
The main ingredient is micelles, tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules. However, nowadays most micellar waters contain other ingredients to target specific skin types and concerns. Scroll to find the best one for you!
5. How do I use micellar water?
Micellar waters are best paired with cotton pads so that they can better soak up makeup and dirt. Saturate a cotton pad, and swipe over your entire face.