Should you swop your cleanser for micellar water?

It's considered by many beauty experts to be a multi-tasking wonder for your skin.

13 September 2016
by The Clicks Beauty Team

It's been touted as a no-rinse replacement for cleanser, make-up remover and moisturiser. Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn't. Micellar water does a great job of whisking away make-up, oil and dirt from your skin with the simple sweep of a cotton-wool pad. It's one simple product that removs all your make-up and cleanses your skin without leaving your face feeling dry or irritated.

While micellar (pronounced me-sell-air) water is currently big beauty news, it has actually been around for over a century. A French invention, it was developed to help well-groomed Parisians combat the drying effects of their harsh water supply.

How it works its magic

Formulas have improved dramatically over the years but the way it works its magic is much the same. Think about it this way: oil, and, say, vinegar don't like to blend and will always end up separating. Oils, however, will happily mingle with, and absorb, other oils.

Micellar water is made up of 'micelles' – nano-sized oil particles suspended in soft water – that tend to absorb other oils. That's why it lifts the layer of dirt-infused oil from your face with a few quick swipes of a clean cotton-wool pad. Unlike a traditional make-up removing wipe, it doesn't smear your make-up all over your face.)

And unlike toner, the solution doesn't contain alcohol and never stings, which means you can use it comfortably around the sensitive eye area.

Top tips for using micellar water

1. You may need to make use of an eye make-up remover after cleansing with micellar water as some mascara formulas aren't easily removed.

2. Don't waste product by soaking your cotton pad in the water – a few drops will do the trick.

3. You don't need to follow with a soapy cleanser after using micellar water.

Shop online at Clicks.co.za for micellar water

Make use of the convenience of online shopping to purchase the following micellar water products:

Sorbet Salon Skin Micellar Water 100ml

Sorbet Salon Skin 3-in-1 Micellar Water 300ml

Vichy Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil 125ml

Garnier Micellar Pure Active

Avene Essential Micellar Lotion 200ml

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