No matter how much free time we have on our hands, I feel like we are always looking for a simplified, quick and easy skin care routine.
It’s true what they say, you can do with just a few good products, you don’t need a 23-step care routine!
Micellar water is one of those products that help us save time and has multiple benefits all wrapped up in one - from removing makeup to cleansing the skin all in one go. That’s why so many people love it.
Whenever I come home late from a (rare lol) night out I turn to my tried and true pre-bed beauty routine of wiping my face clean with Micellar water and then hitting the clean sheets.
Micellar water isn’t just normal water repackaged into a fancy bottle.
It does contain water, but it’s also full of tiny suspended oil particles known as micelles. Think of these micelles as molecules that can attach to dirt and oil on one side and water on the other. This unique composition makes micelles great at wiping away the layers of dirt we gather throughout the day all while hydrating your skin at the same time.
Up till now, this all sounds amazing, right? An all-in-one product that cleans and hydrates. What more could you want?
Well, like any skin care product, you have to have realistic expectations when using micellar water. It’s great for cleaning a little bit of dirt but it’s not going to penetrate the skin enough to give a deep cleanse.
Some people primarily use it to remove makeup, but its lightweight properties means it often fails to remove thicker or water-resistant products like heavy foundations and mascara. That’s why most people will resort to using micellar water in the water after waking up, rather then cleansing their face with it after a long day.
So the short answer is Yes, you can use it as a cleanser. It’s good and easy, and despite being a firm believer in double cleansing, being a cosmetic chemist myself I consistently recommend it to clean the face, as it’s much gentler compared to most foaming detergents found in cleansers nowadays.
However, it’s important to point out that Micellar water isn’t 100% effective for stubborn waterproof makeup. To remove makeup, I recommend using an oil cleanser instead. Baby oil works very well, but using natural oils is better as you get the whole range of beneficial fatty acids they contain.
So you can continue to use that micellar water on lazy nights or no-makeup days or even just sporadically—but to totally prevent clogged pores, you should at least rinse your face afterwards.
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