Micellar Water: Why Your Skin Wants This French Favorite

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Micellar Water: Why Your Skin Wants This French Favorite

You have spring water and mineral water. There’s filtered water and ionized water. Heard of micellar water? The French have, and here's why you’ll want an introduction to this natural skincare superstar.

If you’ve ever wished for a product that cleansed, toned, removed makeup, and didn’t need to be rinsed off…you are in luck. This little beauty has been hiding in plain sight (or French pharmacies, to be more accurate) all along.

What makes micellar water different from any other types of water? Micellar water contains micelles, miniscule oil molecules suspended in soft water.

And what, exactly, is so cool about micelles?

We’ve covered the benefits of oil cleansing. Clean skin sans the dryness and tightness foaming cleansers can cause. Oil binds to dirt, makeup, and sebum build-up, removing it from skin. You can then use a toner or mild cleanser to remove the excess oil from cleansing.

Or…you can use micellar water. The beauty of this stuff is the micelles collect dirt and debris from skin and the water rinses it away. No drying effects from a foaming cleanser, no excess oil from an oil cleanser, just clean skin. Good for all skin types and, since it leaves skin toned and there is no need to rinse it off, a sweet little multitasker.

Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner? Micellar water may be new to us, but the technology has been around for some time, dating back to the early 1900s. French women and makeup artists have been using it for ages.

So, how to get your hands on some micellar water. Like, today.

Noble & Vine Apothecaries Micellar Water 3-in-1 Daily Cleanser, Moisturizer, and Make Up Remover is one to try. inVitamin Cleansing Micellar Water is another nontoxic option.

For those of you who don’t mind getting your science on, try whipping up your own micellar water brew at home. Here’s a micellar water DIY to get you going.

Yes, you can use micellar water alone to remove makeup, cleanse, and tone your skin. It also makes a perfect second step to the oil cleansing method. And micellar water is soothing to skin, making it ideal for sensitive types or those prone to breakouts. C’est tres bon.

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