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Micellar Water are now sold every second across the globe. The trend for
micellar waters may have started as a makeup artist and industry secret,
but the magic bottles of liquid were soon adopted by bloggers and
beauty enthusiasts – creating such a demand that Bioderma was launched in the UK to rapturous applause. I’m a big fan of micellar waters, not only
because they’re easy and effective, but because they don’t strip the
skin or leave it feeling irritated. Although many friends and readers
know that micellar water provides a gentle option for their skin, few
really understand how they work or how they should be used. To clear the
issue up once and for all, here’s the truth about micellar
waters – and why they’re not the one-stop-shop cleansing solution you think they may be.
Micellar waters contain molecules called surfactants,
which are also present in lots of other cleaning and cleansing
products. The surfactant molecules have a ‘head’ that’s attracted to
water, as well as a ‘tail’ that’s attracted to oil and grease – they can
therefore bring together water and oil, which are normally repelled
away from each other. Micellar water contains lots of clusters of these
surfactant molecules (called micelles) floating around in purified
water. When these micelles are applied to a cotton pad and wiped over the
surface of your face, the oil-loving tails stick out and grab onto the
dirt, grease and grime residing on the surface of the skin. This
provides the cleansing and makeup removing qualities that micellar
waters are so commonly known for, without irritating or stripping the
skin. Not all surfactants are created equal and the ones within micellar
waters are extremely mild; they’re even mild enough to be left on the
skin without causing irritation.
are extremely easy to use – you simply need to apply them to a cotton
pad and wipe over the surface of skin until the pad comes away clear.
Although they’re really effective at lifting nasties from the surface,
you do need to be sure to repeat the process until you’ve removed all
the build-up from the day. Personally, I prefer to use them after I’ve
used a cleansing balm (which is much quicker and more effective and
cleansing deeply,) to remove any remaining residue on the surface of my
face. They’re great for quick and easy fixes, removing light makeup or
simply refreshing skin, but using them as the only makeup removal
product within your repertoire comes with problems of its own. Unfortunately too many women are relying on their micellar water as the only cleanser within their routine, removing surface makeup without giving their skin a deep cleanse; although the clever micelles will remove surface grease and dirt, they won’t lift up build-up or dead skin cells that sit within open pores. (In fact, they were originally popular because they removed makeup backstage at fashion shows easily and effectively; however, it doesn’t matter if a model has makeup applied onto a non-thoroughly cleansed face and steps out onto the catwalk for the fifth time that day. It does matter if you go to bed without a thorough cleanse.)
It’s no surprise that micellar waters have boomed in popularity in the
last few years. They’ve definitely taken the crown from BB Creams in terms of
the most popular and sought after products in the beauty arena. They’re
affordable, easy to use, uncomplicated, gentle and are so much better
than a dreaded face wipe; they can provide an extra element to a
routine, or just help you step away from the products that are doing you
no good at all. These ‘magic’ potions won’t be going anywhere fast, but
do use them with a hint of caution… Nothing will ever be the answer
to beautiful skin: that’s just down to a great routine and products that will only be of benefit to your complexion. Anything
that’s quick and easy is normally too good to be true.
Are you a fan of micellar waters? Do you use them alone, or in conjunction with other cleansing products?
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