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The damage that sleeping with makeup on can do to your skin

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Can't quite work up the energy to take off your makeup? Find out why you really should!

Removing all your makeup can be really boring. But leaving makeup on, especially thick primers and foundations, clogs up your pores and attracts dirt and germs, leading to dull, oily and sometimes spotty skin. This is not what you want when you wake up! You don't give your skin the chance to breathe.

And that's not all. Even if you only wear eye makeup, sleeping in it can cause eye irritation, as mascara and eyeliner can get rubbed off into your eyes (ever woken up with sore or itchy eyes after sleeping in your makeup?). Even worse, it can block the glands on your eyelids. As oil gets blocked in your eye glands, it builds up and can sometimes cause painful styes and may require medical treatment.

So what is the best way to remove makeup? Is micellar water good for skin?

Your skin will thank you every night! Garnier has an entire range of gentle makeup remover products, including the innovative micellar cleansing water, a gentle skin cleanser and makeup remover in one. This is a perfect product for makeup removal, as the micelles (tiny liquid crystals) lift makeup and impurities from your pores and you simply wipe them away. This cleanses your skin and, best of all, removes all the impurities gently.

Makeup removal tips for dry skin

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Dry no longer means difficult

Taking off your makeup can be a bit of an irritating task if you have dry skin. If tightness and itchiness are a problem for you, read on and see how specialised skincare for dry skin can make your cleansing routine a more enjoyable way to end your day.

Micellar cleansing water is made with micelles. These are small liquid-filled molecule clusters which act as dirt magnets and draw the makeup out from your pores along with any impurities. This micellar water is also suitable for dry skin, as the purified water moisturises and hydrates too.

Micellar cleansing water is also a gentle eye makeup remover, which is good if you have dry skin. The skin around your eyes is delicate and sometimes reacts badly to harsher products. With the gentle formula of micellar water you avoid a red, watery-eyed look and the eye area remains hydrated.

Tips for dry skin

Now that your makeup removal is no longer a problem, take some time to browse through Garnier's range of cleansers and toners for dry skin. You stay moisturised and free of dry patches all day long, with toned skin and a fabulous complexion. For cleansing and makeup removal on the go, try out the Garnier Micellar cleansing wipes, which are a convenient alternative to cleansing water. These wipes are made with 5% silk fibres, and leaves your skin feeling soft. You will love this skincare product even if you have dry skin!

How to remove eye makeup without irritation

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Fed up with irritated, watery eyes when you take your makeup off? Discover our gentle eye makeup remover and never look back!

Eye makeup removal can sometimes feel harsh and make you wonder why you bother. However, fear not, micellar cleansing water is here! This gentle product is a great way to remove makeup as it can be used around the delicate eye area, as well as on the rest of your face. It is a multi-purpose formula which you can use day and night.

Your beauty routine is a very important part of the day, and even more so at night when you take your makeup off. It is especially important to make sure you have a good eye makeup remover, as leaving makeup on overnight can cause all sorts of problems. Micellar water works with small clusters of molecules called micelles. These clever things essentially act as dirt magnets on your face, and simply lift makeup, oil and grease away. Your unclogged pores can breathe again and a bright complexion is the end result! It is a mascara remover too, and even works on waterproof mascara.

Other gentle eye makeup remover products

Of course, micellar cleansing water isn't the only thing that you might like to try. Essentials Express 2-in-1 eye makeup remover is great for gentle cleansing too. This is ideal for quick cleansing when you get home after a long day at work, and it cares for your eyelashes too.

If you're looking for something a little more convenient, micellar cleansing wipes are the ideal solution. With their 5% silk fabric and clever micellar water technology, these gentle cleanser wipes are suitable for even sensitive skin. Your skin will feel rejuvenated at the end of a long day, which is exactly what you need!

Makeup removal secrets of some of the top Hollywood artists

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Find out how to remove makeup the Hollywood way

We always see Hollywood stars looking fabulous on the red carpet. But how do they look when the makeup comes off? Just as fabulous, of course! We discover some of the best ways to remove makeup as used by some Hollywood artists.

One of the secrets used by the makeup artists to the stars is the use of products that contain salicylic acid. If you use something such as our Pure Active makeup remover purifying wash, which works on your skin to create a stunningly healthy looking glow which lasts all day long.

Unsurprisingly, Hollywood artists also swear by makeup removal wipes. They are extremely convenient and make life much easier if you're on the move, as many stars often are. Micellar cleansing wipes are an ideal product for Hollywood makeup removal (and yours!)? They lift impurities and makeup from your pores and hydrate your skin.

Gentle eye makeup removal for the stars

Hollywood artists pay special attention to eye makeup removal. Try Essentials Express 2-in-1 Eye Makeup Remover. One Hollywood trick is to apply a small amount to a cotton pad, then place it on your eye. The formula absorbs your eye makeup without vigourous rubbing which can cause redness and itching.

Micellar cleansing water is obviously a hit in Hollywood. Micelles (liquid-filled crystals) remove dirt, dust and makeup and leave the stars with glowing complexions. Hollywood makeup removal has been reinvented! Micellar cleansing water is am ideal choice for gentle and refreshing cleansing, so do as the Hollywood artists do and make it an essential part of your beauty routine.

Removing red lipstick discreetly and without irritation

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Hassle-free, no-smudge, discrete red lipstick removal…an impossible dream? Not with Micellar Cleansing Water!

There is nothing more provocative than bright, ruby red lips, a look we all aspire to at times. Yet once you have made your statement at a party or dinner, this vibrant red colour follows you around mercilessly, ending up on cups, napkins, even your partner’s cheek. With Micellar Cleansing Water, removing lipstick can be easy and gentle, leaving you free to get in more of that all-essential beauty sleep!

Garnier Micellar Water is specially designed as a gentle makeup remover, perfect for the sensitive area around the lips so prone to lines and dry skin. Moisten a cotton-wool pad and watch as that bold lipstick is effortlessly wiped away, leaving you with a soothed, cleansed feeling.

Join the "anti-clown face" movement with Garnier Micellar Water!

As much as we all love a bold lipstick look, it does have its downsides. One of these is the smudged “clown face” look that occurs when you either can’t fully remove it or you rub your mouth into a raw red mess in the attempt. With Micellar water, this hassle can be a thing of the past, which means you can get to bed sooner, with a perfectly clean, blotchy-free face.

With its handy-sized 125ml bottle, this gentle makeup remover fits nicely in your handbag on nights out. Any little make up corrections you may need during the night are as easy as one-two-three. Why not make it part of your daily skin care routine? If, like the rest of us, you wear lipstick on a semi-daily basis, Micellar Cleansing Water is a great solution for you.

Why not make this cleanser part of your routine? Follow up with one of Garnier’s cleanser and toners for a full skincare routine with fantastic results.

Find out more about makeup removal in 'Make up removal: an essential beauty ritual'.

Makeup removal: an essential beauty ritual

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As an essential part of every woman’s life, makeup removal shouldn’t be a chore, but a soothing, cleansing ritual that is simple and easy.

It may seem like a hassle, but makeup removal is essential for keeping your skin looking healthy. With Garnier Micellar Water, this removal routine is quick and easy, which means you can get to bed sooner with a perfectly clean face.

Know your makeup and skin

The first thing to look at carefully is the type of makeup you are using. Waterproof makeup is tougher to get off. Luckily, the oh-so-popular Micellar water is tough on all types of makeup thanks to its micelle molecules that work quickly to gently lift away all impurities. This Micellar water remover from Garnier is also incredibly gentle and non-irritating to your skin.

Secondly, think about what type of skin you have. Do you have dry or oily skin? Or perhaps yours is combination skin? Some makeup removers are suitable only for one type, and must be fully rinsed off after use or they may exacerbate the look of your dry or oily zones. Garnier micellar water is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. In fact, this gentle eye makeup remover needs no rinsing, thus saving you even more time and effort in your nightly makeup removal ritual.

You probably already know that for a full cleansing routine, makeup removal is just the first step. You should follow it up with a cleanser and toner product, like these Garnier options.

By following all these simple tips, you can be sure that your makeup is removed effectively and gently.

Find out more about makeup removal in the other Micellar makeup removal articles.

Makeup removal tips for sensitive skin

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Makeup removal for sensitive skin made easy

Sensitive skin no longer has to cause you problems in finding a gentle eye (or face) makeup remover! Find out how we can help with our sensitive skin products.

Some harsher skin products, and even tap water, can make your skin feel itchy or irritated. However, with our specialist sensitive skin products, your skin can can be cleansed and feel soothed instead of itchy and raw. If you find that your complexion looks a bit dull, you'll even be looking bright and revitalised in no time.

One of the simplest yet most effective cleansing products is micellar cleansing water, which will soon become an essential part of your beauty routine. The gentle formula lifts impurities and makeup from your pores instead of dissolving your makeup. Used as part of your daily cleansing routine, this cleansing water for sensitive skin with purified water gives you hydrated skin and a glowing complexion every day. You may find that your eyes sometimes feel sensitive to other harsher products, but purified micellar water is mild enough to use on your eyes. No more red, watery eyes before bed – what a relief!

What about other sensitive makeup remover products?

The convenient and easy-to-use micellar cleansing makeup remover wipes are ideal for busy times or when you need to cleanse in a hurry. They are just as gentle and suitable for sensitive skin as micellar cleansing water, as they are made with 5% silk fibres, to help make them feel beautifully soft. For an easy all-in-one cleanse, these wipes are an ideal product. Take a look at our sensitive skin range and find complementary skincare ranges too.

Makeup removal tips for oily skin

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Tired of oily skin getting in the way of good makeup removal?

Oily skin can cause problems when it comes to how to remove makeup. How can you be sure to remove all your makeup and control the look of your oily skin without drying it out? We’re here to help!

A great way to start your skincare routine is with micellar cleansing water. This clever formula contains micelles, which are small liquid-filled spheres. These micelles have 'heads' and 'tails', and when they are applied to a cotton pad the tails stick out. These tails attract all the makeup and oil out of your pores without dissolving the molecules or drying out your complexion.

Micellar water is also great as a gentle eye makeup remover. It is specially formulated to be suitable for the delicate skin around your eyes (no more watery eyes!), and removes every last particle of mascara.

Tips for oily skin

In addition to makeup removers, we also offer a range of skincare for oily skin. If you find that some face washes don't quite work for you or are too harsh, try our oily skin face wash and enjoy the results! It is full of naturally derived ingredients and helps control the look of oily patches and make sure you feel fresh and bright.

For convenient cleansing, you can try micellar cleansing wipes. These are just as gentle as micellar cleansing water and still use micelle technology, but in wipe form rather than water. The 5% silk fibres helps make them feel beautifully soft and the wipes handy for a night away on business or on holiday (or at night if you're really tired!).

How do I remove foundation at the end of the day?

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Hassle-free foundation removal? No problem

Foundation can be the heaviest parts of your makeup, and it can be exhausting to remove when you're already tired. Share in France's passion for micellar cleansing water and feel refreshed and ready for your beauty sleep!

It's such a relief to come home and take off your makeup after a day at work or an evening out. Some foundations can feel quite heavy after a whole day's wear, so you need the right product to cleanse your skin. So what is a great makeup remover to use? Garnier Micellar cleansing water is ideal, as it lifts all the foundation from your pores removing impurities along with it. Small liquid-filled crystals called micelles are contained in the cleansing water, and attract oil, makeup and dirt. They unclog your pores and leave you with fabulous glowing skin. The purified water is hydrating and leaves you with a healthy looking glow.

Micellar cleansing water is available in sensitive and sensitive combination formulations, so pick the best cleanser for your skin type and see the results.

The best way to remove makeup with Garnier

All you want at the end of your day is to feel cleansed and hydrated. Try Simply Essentials 2-in-1 Soothing makeup remover for a relaxing end to your evening. The 2-in-1 formula creates a quick and easy way to cleanse after a hectic time at work. The product does all the work for you so you don't need to rub and irritate your skin. Tightness and dryness are now a thing of the past!

Is there an easy way to remove waterproof mascara?

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Hassle-free waterproof mascara removal is possible!

We all struggle with it: removing waterproof mascara quickly without leaving our eyes a red-raw mess cen be a real challenge, especially when you wear makeup daily. This is why Garnier pulled out all the stops to create a gentle eye makeup remover that effectively wipes away every last smudge and also provides a gentle, cleansing action.

Sometimes you just want to go to bed and you don’t have time to be scrubbing away at your mascara. As one of the causes of baggy skin around the eyes, this is just about the worst thing you can do to your skin. With Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, there’s no need for rubbing. This product acts as a makeup magnet, wiping away all those tiny particles of dirt and impurities from your skin.

Since its discovery back in the 90s, micellar water has impressed with its no-rinse formula and gentle action. It is a perfect cleansing water for sensitive skin.

Micellar water mascara remover: one less hassle on holiday

For those care-free beach holidays where waterproof mascara is a must, this cleansing water for sensitive skin is a perfect travel accessory. After subjecting your eyes to salty water, sand, and dirt, this gentle cleanser is just the ticket.

Why not make it part of your skin care routine for your next holiday? Follow it up with one of Garnier’s fabulous cleanser and toners.

Find out more about mascara removal in 'Easy removal tips'.

Easy mascara removal tips

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Remove your mascara in a gentle and easy way

Removing mascara gently is almost as important as how you apply it. With Garnier Micellar Water, this removal routine is no longer a chore and takes almost no time at all.

Know your makeup and skin

The first thing to look at carefully is the type of mascara you are using, Micellar water is tough on waterproof mascara too.

The second thing to think about is what type of skin you have. Do you have dry or oily skin? Some makeup removers are suitable only for one type, and must be fully rinsed off after use or they can exacerbate the look of your dry or oily zones. Garnier Micellar Water is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. In fact, this gentle eye makeup remover needs no rinsing, saving you even more time and effort in your nightly makeup removal routine.

As we all know, rubbing and scrubbing away at your eyes is a sure-fire way to promote premature skin ageing. This is why a gentle, effective cleanser like Micellar water is essential. This gentle eye makeup remover is perfect for the sensitive eye area so prone to wrinkles and dry skin.

Why not make this cleanser part of your routine? Follow up with one of Garnier’s cleanser and toners for a full skincare routine with fantastic results.

Find out more about makeup removal in 'Make up removal: an essential beauty ritual'.

How to choose the best Garnier micellar cleansing water for your needs

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There is a Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which is suitable, no matter what your skin type

Read on to find out which Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water you need and how it can help you to look your best every day.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is perfect for everyday makeup removal use. You have a choice of two types of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water; sensitive and sensitive combination. If you find that certain products can cause you irritation or redness, try sensitive first to see how your skin feels.

If you're not sure, Sensitive combination is suitable for combination skin. This combats the oily and dry patches and gives you a healthy looking glow.

The perfect size

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is available in 2 sizes: a generous 400 ml bottle, which is equivalent to roughly 200 uses*, or an ultra-convenient 125 ml bottle. The 400 ml size is perfect for day-to-day use, as it will fit in your bathroom cupboard or on your dressing table. The 125 ml size is ideal to pack light for a trip, as you can easily pack it into your make-up bag. It doubles as a gentle face wash and makeup remover too. Your skin will be clean and fresh, with healthly looking glow wherever you go!

*Based on 2ml per cotton pad


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