Micellar Cleansing Water was originated in Paris in the 90s to help French women combat the bad skin affects of the city’s harsh water. It was quickly discovered by models and makeup artists as an alternative to other makeup removers and cleansers due to its gentle, no rinse makeup removing prowess.
What’s the benefit for us non-models? The cleansing agents are mild and non-irritating surfactants that are tolerable even for the most sensitive of skins. My skin has been very sensitive as of late so I greatly appreciated this idea.
It’s pretty amazing that this gentle, amped up water can even remove waterproof makeup claims say. The science is way over my head but suffice to say that the micellar cleansing agents are attracted to cotton, causing it to act as a magnet and draw out dirt and impurities. Using a cotton pad to with these gentle giants is a must to get the max cleansing/makeup removing benefit.
I tried out 3 drug store Micellar Cleansing Waters for a month each (I used them as my only cleanser in the evenings) and here are my experiences in the beg, borrow or bust format (get the key here):
BEG my friends, beg! This felt absolutely amazing on my skin, removed my makeup effortlessly and at the end of the 30 days I actually felt like my skin texture and clarity was better! I shouldn’t be surprised as I’m a big fan of Pacifica’s Sea Foam Complete Face Wash, but I must say this surpassed my expectations. I bought another and since this was luckily the last one I tried, I don’t have to give it up!
Had I not found the Pacifica water, I would have been perfectly happy to continue with this product. I love Garnier’s BB Cream so had high expectations of this product and I did really like it. I rarely wear waterproof mascara but when I did to test this out, it didn’t come off easily without some aggressive tugging. It did, however, easily remove my waterproof eyeliner and the rest of my makeup, leaving my skin feeling clean after using it.
This was probably my least favorite, aka the bust. Yes it was gentle, but the act of removing my makeup was anything but. I had to beat my face down to remove even blush. It was virtually like I was only swiping a wet cotton pad over my face. I’d skip this one. I honestly didn’t want to complete the month because I felt like my pores were getting clogged but I did, anything for the blog… 😉
So while I’m not convinced that Micellar Cleansing Water is a total replacement for nighttime cleansing (and you know I love a good lazy girl beauty hack!), it definitely has its place in my routine as a great makeup remover, skin refiner and cleanser if used past midnight, aka I’m too tired for my whole skincare routine ;).
If you’ve tried cleansing waters before, what are your thoughts? Are you interested in trying them if you haven’t before?
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