7 Best Micellar Cleansing Waters

Micellar water is a decades-old French creation supposedly due to the days of poor plumbing and awful tap water.  No one wanted to wash their face in it.  Most skincare brands have jumped onto the trend by now with their own version.  

Don’t confuse micellar water with toner.  Micellar water is a cleansing water that removes makeup and hydrates the skin.  Some have instructions not to rinse off.  I don’t do this.  It’s one thing if you’re at a music festival, camping, or otherwise can’t get to a sink.  I use micellar water and a cotton pad specifically to remove makeup as the first step in my night-time skincare routine.  I then follow it with my cleanser of choice and a white washcloth to make sure I’ve removed everything off my face; mascara, foundation, sunscreen, pollution, the works.  The beauty community now refers to this process as the “double-cleanse.”

I have tried several micellar waters.  This summer, I used the one from Dr. Jart+ and I’m currently using Spa Sanctuary.  

My favorite is Bioderma Micelle Solution, the French gold standard.  Most of the micellar waters I’ve tried are good.  Bioderma is excellent because it removes every last trace of eye makeup and mascara without irritating my eyes.  I’ve never found one better.  I like to keep an open mind and try new things so I’ll continue to experiment but I always come back to Bioderma.  

You can buy Bioderma in some US stores (Duane Reade or Ricky’s in NYC) or online.  I usually buy a bottle or two when I travel to London or Canada.  If you buy online, make sure it’s from a reputable source so you don’t get a counterfeit ie: water. 

L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water is a close second.  I would buy this one again.   Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is a solid choice as well.  You can buy it in any drugstore

It’s 92 degrees outside as I write this and I’m anxiously awaiting fall, specifically fall in New England.  I’m over the endless heatwaves.  I sense fall is in the air.  Leaves were falling today in the supermarket parking lot. Possibly meaning they were scorched dead by the searing heat but I’m hoping it means fall is just around the corner.

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