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Truth about...micelles (micellar water)

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Next in this series is the ingredient micelles which is found in micellar water. This type of cleanser has become very popular in the last few years thanks to the ease of taking makeup off and is another alternative to makeup wipes.

What are micelles and what do they do?

Micelles are tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water. They attract dirt and oil so are good at taking off makeup when used with a cotton round. Essentially it's a mild surfactant (so milder than sulfate cleansers).

miceller water balls
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Are there any adverse affects to my skin?

Micellar waters are gentle enough but it may take a few cotton rounds and rubbing of the skin to remove makeup. Even then you probably won't remove everything like heavy foundation and waterproof mascara and you'll be left with some on your skin.

What many people don't realise is that micellar waters also have a residue that stays behind. This film creates a barrier that can block pores and stop natural oil production. Some even have oils added to the water so leave behind a greasy feeling. Other micellar waters contain high amounts of alcohol which can dry out the skin and cause reactions to some skin types.

I would always recommend using a toner afterwards to remove any oily residue and traces of makeup and dirt.

Even better I would recommend using a micellar water as a "first cleanse" and then go in with another cleanser (like a good oil or foaming one) to really get rid of your makeup, oil and pollution on your skin.

Are there benefits?

It's generally good for removing makeup however is limited in its ability to totally remove all traces of makeup. As mentioned above I would recommend double cleansing and a toner afterwards to really clean the skin and remove any leftover makeup and oil.

What ingredient would you like me to feature in one of my upcoming posts?

Let me know in the comments below.

Sarah x

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