Effective cleansing is undeniably an essential part of a skincare routine. Whether you're somebody who wears a full face of makeup or you just want to ensure that your skin is clean of any grime or pollutants amassed throughout the day, it's worth trying micellar water as a simple, low-maintenance way to cleanse.
However, you may be feeling a little lost when choosing the right formula, especially if you have a specific skin type such as oily, dry, sensitive or acne prone – or a combination of the above! Featuring both luxury and drugstore brands like Simple, Bioderma and Garnier, we've taken our top picks from Amazon, Boots, John Lewis, and more to help you find the perfect micellar water.
Before you dive in, it can be useful to know what exactly micellar water is. It's called "water" for a reason – simple, purified H2O is typically the main ingredient. This tends to be soft or softened water (water low in ions of calcium and magnesium), which helps it to maintain moisture in the skin, thus adding radiance and a youthful bounce.
In addition to water, many micellar waters contain glycerin, which is a moisturiser that helps keep the skin feeling soft.
The 'micelles' of micellar water are cleansing molecules. They are mild surfactants, which means that they break down and attract dirt and oil. Surfactants are found in many different cleansing products such as shampoos and soaps.
However, micelles are particularly gentle on the skin, and due to their ability to draw out impurities from the skin, they make a great facial cleanser when combined with water.
Now that you're equipped with the basics of micellar water, you can start looking to how to choose the perfect one for you! In this section, we will go through the elements we think you should take into consideration when choosing, highlighting the elements and ingredients that we think are the most important.
Although it's a remarkably simple product, it's important to think about your skin type when picking a micellar water. Part of the reason there are so many choices available nowadays is that many of them are formulated to benefit particular skin concerns! Plus, many indicate more specific benefits beyond cleansing.
Micellar water can be a great cleanser for those who struggle with acne or breakouts because it gently draws out impurities from the skin to unclog pores, and can be used with a single-use cotton pad.
We further recommend boosting the benefits of your micellar water by looking for a product that controls oil or mattifies the skin, as often these blemishes are caused by excessive oil production.
It can be tricky as somebody with sensitive skin to find a cleanser that is gentle enough to not cause any irritation. We recommend, of course, looking for micellar waters that are advertised as being specifically designed for sensitive skin, as they will have the gentlest ingredients.
In addition to this, we advise that you go for micellar waters with the shortest ingredients list possible. Additional ingredients can often be the culprits of causing your skin to react.
Even things like naturally-derived added fragrance can be irritating for some, so check out the label to make sure you understand what's going into your micellar water and avoid as necessary.
Though on first instinct a micellar water may not sound as suitable for dry skin as, say, a cleansing oil, this isn't actually the case. Many micellar waters, just like other cleansers, are formulated with moisture-boosting, rehydrating ingredients to benefit drier complexions, and mature skin types, too.
Plus, micellar waters don't usually contain simple alcohols, which most dry-skinned folk prefer to avoid, though you can always check to be sure.
As well as opting for products marketed for dry skin or mature skin as needed, ingredients to look out for are rose, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid. Antioxidant-rich waters with plumping peptides are great for drier mature skin, additionally.
Micellar water is most commonly available in liquid form, however, with its increasing popularity, there are new formulas emerging on the market that are equally as simple and effective. For example, you can now purchase micellar water make up wipes, or cotton pads pre-infused with micellar water.
These are great for convenience, particularly if you are travelling or on the go, or just want an easy way to cleanse your skin in the evening.
We would advise exercising a certain degree of caution with micellar make up wipes, as they can encourage you to be a bit too rough with your skin when cleansing. Too much pulling or rubbing can lead to premature signs of ageing!
However, with the right amount of care, you may find micellar wipes or cotton pads to be an ideal low-maintenance choice.
Taking our recommendations above into consideration, you should now have a better idea of what to look for in a micellar water. Let us introduce our varied selection of micellar waters that are available to buy online in the UK!
|Skin Type||Sensitive, dry, mature|
|Skin Type||Blemish-prone, oily|
|Skin Type||Sensitive, normal|
|Skin Type||Dry, normal, blemish-prone|
|Skin Type||Oily, normal|
|Skin Type||Dry, sensitive|
|Skin Type||Sensitive, dry|
|Skin Type||Sensitive, dry, mature, normal|
|Skin Type||Sensitive, all skin types|
|Skin Type||Sensitive, all skin types|
Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water
Flash Cleanse Micellar Water
Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water
Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals
MicellAir Professional Makeup Remover
Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water
Micellar Face Wipes Sensitive Skin
Cleanance Micellar Water
Micellar Make-Up Remover Eye Pads
A Micellar Water That's Gentle to Your Skin and Gentle to Your Budget Too!
A Tried and Tested Staple Micellar Water
Dispense Your Micellar Water Easily With This Pump
Cleanse and Deeply Hydrate Your Skin at the Same Time
Cleanse and Restore Dry Skin With Rose Floral Water
A Micellar Makeup Remover That Leaves Nothing Behind
A Water With Added Bonuses Derived From 98% Natural Ingredients
Cleanse Sensitive Skin Easily With These Super-Soft Wipes
Take Control of Blemish-Prone Skin
Micellar-Soaked Pads to Gently Remove Stubborn Eye Makeup
|Volume||700 ml||500 ml||180 ml||400 ml||200 ml||400 ml||250 ml||25 wipes||400 ml||30 pads|
|Skin Type||Sensitive, all skin types||Sensitive, all skin types||Sensitive, dry, mature, normal||Sensitive, dry||Dry, sensitive||Oily, normal||Dry, normal, blemish-prone||Sensitive, normal||Blemish-prone, oily||Sensitive, dry, mature|
Micellar water is very simple to use, so it's no wonder it's such a popular product! You simply add a small amount to a cotton pad, hold it to the area you wish to cleanse for a few seconds, and then gently wipe away, no rinsing needed.
They're ideal if you are trying to cleanse light makeup or sunscreen, but if you are somebody who wears more make up, you may want to implement them in your routine as part of a double cleanse, to avoid any harsh rubbing motions on your skin.
Whether you're looking to add to your Korean-inspired 7-step regime or want to keep things simple with a cleanser, toner, and moisturiser, we've rounded up three more skincare articles you may find useful. Find them below!
Micellar water is a fantastic way to cleanse your skin with minimal effort, and without stripping it of any vital oils. With our guide and our ten recommendations, to hand we hope you can find the perfect one to implement into your cleansing routine!
Author: Hannah Kato
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