Why Is Micellar Water Everywhere?

Those who hang around beauty circles and shops like Ulta Beauty, Sally Beauty or Sephora have likely seen micellar water, and have wondered if micellar water is something they should drink or use for other purposes. Micellar water doesn’t just show up in high-end beauty stores — or simply any beauty store at all — but also in chain discount stores like Wal-Mart. The reasons why beauty websites say people should switch to cleaning their faces with micellar water, as reported by InStyle, is because the cleansers don’t make it necessary to rinse off the cleanser with actual water from the tap.

Micellar water is nothing new to French women – of course – but the use of micellar water came about in France because the country’s tap water was too harsh on delicate facial skin. The fact that micellar water can be slathered on and wiped off with cotton pads — or used to remove makeup and dirt in one swipe with micellar water wipes — makes it a convenient product. Instead of searching for a sink after a good workout at a gym that doesn’t have showers, or leaving bed to remove makeup after a night out, reaching for micellar water in your purse or on your nightstand makes the cleansing routine easier to stick with.

In the above photo, one of the cohosts of the talk show The Real, Jeannie Mai, is shown with her favorite micellar water product, called Simple Micellar Cleansing Water. The other benefit of micellar water includes the fact that it doesn’t include the types of contents that are harmful to sensitive skin.

According to the micellar water’s product page on Amazon, which has plenty of reviews, the water is hydrating to the skin and cleans and refreshes it without hurting the skin.

“Simple Micellar Cleansing Water is our most advanced facial cleanser to date, yet it is gentle on even the most sensitive skin. A complete and thorough skin cleanser, Simple Micellar Cleansing Water cleans the skin of dirt and impurities and unclogs pores – it is also formulated for makeup removal. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water instantly boosts skin hydration instantly by 90 percent.

“Pure cleansing water made with skin-loving ingredients and triple purified water to clean, refresh, and instantly hydrate all skin types. Simple Micellar Water contains no artificial perfume or dyes and no harsh chemicals so you can thoroughly clean your face and remove makeup with no skin irritation.”

According to the Huffington Post, micellar water has its limits when it comes to washing off heavy cover-up foundations and other heavy cosmetics.

What micellar water won’t do, however, is remove heavy foundations or stubborn eye makeup like waterproof mascara. So you’ll need to use a separate makeup remover to get fresh-faced.

Micellar water works especially well when folks travel, and regular water isn’t always available. Those finding themselves traveling in planes, trains and automobiles can reach for their micellar water to maintain a fresh complexion on the road. Micellar water doesn’t contain the perfumes and drying alcohol that can irritate the skin and cause it to become inflamed due to bad reactions.

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The “micellar” in micellar water means that they contain micelles, oil molecules that cleanse the skin — even as the water that the oil molecules are suspended within is a soft water. Since oil attracts oil, as witnessed in the oil cleansing routines, and doesn’t dry the skin, the combination is a smooth new way to clean the skin without resorting to harsh soaps or other substances.

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Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes are being called safer than regular baby wipes or other wipes to clean the face.

(Casey Rodgers/AP Images for Unilever)