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What Exactly Is Micellar Water

Wondering what Micellar Water is? Discover what Garnier’s Micellar Water Cleanser is and how it works on your skin with our experts.

Every now and then a product comes along which sounds too good to be true. Usually, they are indeed too good to be true, but Micellar Water might just be the exception to the rule. Used by the French for almost 100 years, after being developed from research at the University of Bristol in 1913, this product has long been the best-kept secret of makeup artists, models, photographers, and the best and brightest in the fashion industry. Now, it's really starting to make waves and become a popular choice for anyone who just wants a quick and easy way to remove their makeup or cleanse their face. So, what exactly is it, and why should you be so interested?

How does it work?

It is called Micellar as it contains micelles, which are tiny ball-shaped clusters, made of molecules of oil. Think about what happens when you mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a bowl? That's right - if you leave them, they separate. But the micelles in Micellar Water are different; they are a special kind of oil molecule called surfactants. Surfactants have two ends: an oil-loving head and a water-loving tail. Micellar Water is essentially just water containing lots of these micelle clusters. They're pretty happy to hang around in the water, but when they meet other oils, just as they do when they're on a Reusable Eco Pad being wiped over your face, they draw them up like a magnet. When removing your makeup, the temptation can be to rub really hard, but this can cause redness and irritation. With inferior products, this sometimes seems like the only solution. Garnier’s Micellar Water Cleanser draws oils and dirt out from your face onto your Reusable Eco Pad, and all you have to do is sit there wiping gently. There you go, a product that does most of the work for you.

How do I use it?

This product has many brilliant properties, but perhaps the best is just how easy it is to use; simply apply to a Reusable Eco Pad and wipe your face gently in a circular motion. The molecules will work their magic without your help, and the makeup and dirt from your face will be transferred onto your Reusable Eco Pad, leaving you looking and feeling clean and clear. As if that wasn't enough, as the micelles in the water attract the oils from your face, once they're on the Reusable Eco Pad, they're not going anywhere!

So, once you've got what you need off your face, you don't even need to rinse – you’re clean and ready to rock.

What makes it so great?

We all want to look our best and we all want healthy skin, but nobody wants to spend hours achieving that result if they don't need to, right? Well, what makes Micellar Water such a miracle product, and the reason it's been used by pros on photo shoots and in dressing rooms for decades, is that it can be used so quickly; a few wipes and you're done! Whether your lifestyle is lazy or busy, it's the dream product for anyone. Yet another plus point is its suitability for different skin types. If you have sensitive skin, you might struggle to find products that can get the job done whilst being kind to your skin. There aren't many that can boast about being both gentle and powerful, but Micellar Water is one of them. And because it doesn't contain alcohol, it's ideal for careful use around your eyes.

Is there anything it can't do?

Micellar Water is an incredible product, but it can't quite do everything. If you tend to wear very heavy makeup, then its makeup removing prowess might not be strong enough for you; you would probably benefit from picking up a more powerful, dedicated product for that. However, you'll still need a cleanser and you'll be hard-pressed to find a quicker or more convenient option than this water cleanser.

So, is it right for me?

If the thought of spending hours taking your makeup off at night fills you with dread, or if you're tired of spending all your pay packet on different skincare products, then Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water might just be the solution for you. Use it to remove your makeup safely, gently and quickly before bed, then use it before you decorate yourself again in the morning, keeping your face as fresh as it deserves to be! What is Micellar Water? The best skincare product out there.