Micellar Water – should you believe the hype?
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I feel like I’m the last blogger on earth to review a Micellar Water cleanser, reviews of this type of product were all the rage a few months ago but I thought I would wait for the hype to die down before trying it out for myself.
I received this 125ml bottle of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water in my July ‘My Little Box’ and was excited to see if it lived up to all of the great reviews that I’d seen.
‘Micellar’ is pronounced ‘my cellar’ and it refers to the chemical structure of the product which contains clusters of microscopic oil molecules called ‘micelles’ that attract dirt and grease. The best way to use the product is to apply some to a cotton wool pad then sweep it across the face to remove make-up and dirt, although if you are wearing full make-up you’ll probably need to go through 4 or 5 cotton wool pads to completely clean your face.
The thing that I love about this Micellar Cleansing Water is that it removes make-up, particularly eye make-up, really easily and quickly and it doesn’t irritate the eyes or skin at all. However, I think there is an assumption from a lot of people that these products are just natural water and can be splashed onto the skin every day then left without removing (after all they are a clear liquid with no scent or colour)… Despite looking and feeling like water Micellar Waters contain other chemicals and ingredients which are what make them so effective at removing the grime from our skin.
More and more people are looking for quick-fixes and reaching for Micellar Water and cleansing wipes to clean their skin. No doubt you’ve already read lots of recommendations that cleansing wipes should only be used occasionally and aren’t an everyday product… well it’s the same with Micellar Cleansing Water.
Just like any other cleanser Micellar Cleansing Water should be rinsed off the skin after using to remove any residue. I like to use it as a pre-cleanse to remove my make-up, then I cleanse my face as usual using a cleanser, rinse with water and then tone.
It is safe to use these products on their own occasionally, they really come into their own at festivals, whilst camping, etc – it’s better to use a quick fix cleanser to remove your make-up at night than not at all. But my recommendation would be to use Micellar Cleansing Water as a make-up remover or pre-cleanse only, and always rinse your face with tap water after using.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like this product – it’s second to none at removing eye make-up – just don’t always believe the hype!
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is priced at £4.99 for 400ml, available from Feel Unique.
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