Micellar Water: What Is It And What Does It Do?

When you walk into a drugstore you might notice a row of micellar water stacked on a shelf. Many women swear by this product and claim it to be the holy grail of makeup staples that everyone should own.

So what is this magic water? and what’s so great about it?

As with lots of amazing skincare, micellar water (pronounced my-sell-or), originated in French pharmacies, where it had already enjoyed huge popularity for decades and was responsible for many-a-trip across the channel.

The beauty in it all comes down to the science. The basis of all micellar waters is purified water to irradiate the minerals and heavy metals found in tap water.

The water is then infused with various hydrating ingredients and mild surfactants (compounds that break down oils), which group together to form tiny little balls of things called micelles. These little spheres attract all the makeup, excess sebum and daily grime on the surface of your skin – like a magnet – leaving it clean and refreshed.

The formulas are so light and gentle that there’s no need to rinse them off, which means that the moisturizing ingredients can stay behind to be absorbed.

According to dermatologist, Francesca Fusco, “They’re especially great for acne-prone types.”

“They remove trapped debris from the skin but don’t dry it out. I also tell my patients to use a micellar cleanser between reapplications of sunscreen during the summer to avoid clogged pores.”

So yeah, magic water for the skin then? simple, no?

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