What is micellar water?Micellar water is made up of purified water, moisturisers, and surfactants. It’s the surfactants that provide the cleansing power, as these molecules attract dirt, makeup, oil, and grime4.
There are a lot of different micellar waters on the market, with some products targeting different skin types too. It’s a good idea to experiment to find the best product for your skin type, as certain micellar waters may contain ingredients that become irritating to your skin.
How to use micellar waterMicellar water can be an effective way to remove makeup, dirt and oil. However, it may not always be the best choice to thoroughly cleanse your skin. This is because some micellar waters can leave residue on the surface, which could block your pores5. You might want to follow your micellar water routine with a face wash to deeply cleanse your skin. However, some people do use micellar water as their primary cleanser. Others prefer to use it as a toner after cleansing with a face wash. It really depends on your skin type, the product you choose and your preferences6.
Benefits of micellar water
So, we know that micellar water can be effective at removing makeup, dirt, and oil. There could be other benefits, too, depending on the type of ingredients your chosen product contains.
These micellar water benefits may include:
- Reduced sensitivity8
- Suitability for sensitive skin9
- Skin Soothing10
- Combatting Breakouts11
- Suitability for most skin types12
When to avoid micellar waterMany micellar water products are suitable for all skin types, even those that have sensitive skin14. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to stop using your chosen product immediately if you notice any side effects. Some micellar waters can cause eye irritation too, especially if they’re not formulated for use around that area. Check the label’s warnings and direcions of use to be sure and avoid your eyes if you’re not sure15.
Micellar water is designed for external use only, always read the product label when trying new products for the first time.Shop Natural Beauty
Last Updated: 21st December 2020
Expertly reviewed by:
Reviewer: Manisha Taggar