It was the other day that my mother got back from the pharmacy enthusiastically showing me her new skincare discovery. It was a Micellar cleansing water for face.
Full of excitement, she explained to me that the woman shopping in front of her, who was a doctor by the way, had bought five of Micellar water bottles, so when my mother´s turn came to pay and she asked the pharmacist about what this product that the woman in front of her bought in such quantities was, it didn´t take her long to decide to buy one for herself as well.
The truth is that I had never tried a Micellar water before but being faithfully using a Thermal Spring Water Spray to refresh as well as balance my skin´s pH and even use it to cleanse my face with a pad, I thought that Micellar water would be something similar.
Actually, Micellar water is tiny balls of cleansing oils (molecules) that are suspended in soft water. These molecules attract dirt and impurities in the skin, making it easy to wipe them away, so this water is used to cleanse the face from dirt or make-up without the need of using tap water and without drying out the skin.
What types of skin is Micellar Water Best For?
Back to my personal story now, I thought of trying this water to see whether it would give me any different feeling relating to the cleansing methods I have been following up until now and here´s my thoughts.
It was very gentle on my skin but didn´t really feel purifying enough for my combination prone to blemishes skin, so I don´t think that it can replace my usual cleansers, but this might have been the case with the specific water I have tried since I have seen other Micellar water options that are also suitable for oily or combination types of skin (You can find one such option further on in this review.)
The advantages of Micellar water are that it is a mild product free of alcohol and handy to use when on holidays or travelling. It is not irritating and of course light enough to make your skin feel calm when being cleansed although I am not really sure it can be so effective for removing heavy makeup completely.
Overall, Micellar water looks fine as an alternative and quick way to cleanse your face when you don´t have much time and it seems to be better working for dry types of skin rather than oily or combination ones. Of course, it feels great for sensitive types of skin.
So, with so many users, including makeup artists, loving this type of product, it was unavoidable not to find and review some of the best Micellar Cleansing water for face options on the market today.
Bioderma Crealine H2O Water
The Bioderma Crealine H2O water comes in a 16 fluid ounce bottle and is formulated for people with normal to dry skin. It is paraben as well as alcohol free and contains cucumber extract to soothe the skin.
Bioderma Crealine water reviews are great. Users like the fact that they don’t have to wash their face after using this product. They also state that it successfully removes make-up (not effective with water proof make-up) and cleanses dirt and impurities from the skin.
It works well on sensitive skin and leaves it feeling soft and healthy. When you use it, you don’t have to scrub your face vigorously to get it clean and it can still cleanse your pores.
Bioderma Sebium H2O Water
The Bioderma Sebium H2O water (16 ounce bottle) is a purifying cleansing Micelle solution made by the same company but the difference is that this product is specialized for combination and oily types of skin, so there you go, a Micellar water for oily or combination types of skin like mine.
This cleanser is enriched with ultra purifying active agents such as Sebium H20 and Fluidactiv. It reduces sebum secretion and regulates its quality, cleanses the epidermal layer of the skin and prevents pores from clogging. Therefore, it is non comedogenic but also hypoallergenic.
It is good for gentle cleansing and removing makeup but without causing any dryness, which is something that you should look for in products that are specialized for oily types of skin.
User reviews about this product are very positive. People with a tendency towards oily skill really find that the Bioderma Sebium Water is gentle on their skin without drying it out.
It removes make-up and dirt easily as well as unclogs the pores, controls the production of oil and leaves their face clean, fresh and hydrated. They also feel that it is cost effective.
¨Simple¨ Micellar Cleansing Water
The ¨Simple¨ Cleansing Water is a Micellar water cleanser that comes in a 6.7 ounce bottle and is designed to boost your skin’s hydration by 90%. It is perfect for removing make-up and unclogging your pores. Neither does it contain any artificial perfumes or dyes nor does it have any harsh chemicals.
Users really love this product and say that it removes most types of make-up and thoroughly cleanses their skin removing all dirt and grime. They state that their face feels fresh and clean and that it remains hydrated. Also, they feel that it balances their skin´s pH levels, leaving it healthy.
Finally, this product has won an award by the Allure magazine as one of the best Beauty products for 2015.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
This Garnier SkinActive all-in-one cleanser and make-up remover comes in a 13.5 bottle and does not contain oil, alcohol or fragrance. It gently removes makeup, cleanses and refreshes the skin while it is also suitable for face, eyes and lips use. All this at a very affordable price.
Consumers who have purchased and used this product report that it cleanses off most of their make-up while leaving their face fresh, soft and hydrated. They also say that it cleanses their pores and although Micellar water isn’t known for its ability to prevent acne, users feel that it does help to keep acne in check.
La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Cleanser
The La Roche-Posay Micellar Cleansing Water is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. It comes in a 13.52 ounce bottle and can be used as a daily cleanser for sensitive types of skin. This is a paraben, alcohol and soap free formula suitable for face, eyes and even lips.
According to the company, it removes makeup, cleanses and tones the skin without damaging the pH balance of your skin. This product contains fragrance but it is mildly scented, so my only worry is for the people with extra sensitive types of skin who might prefer that their products are completely free of any scent.
The La Roche-Posay Micellar water is also holder of the ¨Good Housekeeping¨ Top-Tested Beauty Awards, 2015.
User reviews are very good. People state that it cleans amazingly well removing make-up and dirt and that is quite handy since it doesn’t need to be rinsed off. It removes excess oil, grime and make-up without irritating sensitive skin.
After using it, people feel that their face is clean and hydrated. Most of all, they like the fact that there is no uncomfortable residue on their skin that will leave it feeling dry, tight or sticky.
Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Step Cleansing Micellar Water Facial Cleanser
This Vichy Thermale Micellar water contains Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water as well as Rose Phytophenol and Glycerin to calm and sooth the skin. It is soap, alcohol, colorant and paraben free as well as non comedogenic. It has been tested under ophthalmological and dermatological control and is pH balanced.
It comes in a 6.67 ounce bottle and is designed to remove make-up and soothe irritation without being greasy, sticky or drying to the skin. It does contain fragrance, though, which some users state that it is quite strong.
Overall, users seem to have mixed feelings about this product. While the majority of users really like it, some others don’t like it at all. However, for the most part, people feel that it leaves the face feeling fresh, soft and clean and say that it removes make-up fairly easily. It also removes dirt without stripping moisture.
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
The Caudalie Cleansing water is a micellar water that comes in a 3.4 ounce pump bottle and contains a number of ingredients including grape fruit water, grape juice and Matricaria flower extract. It is free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, sulfates and Phthalates. It is also cruelty free.
People like this product and use it to clean their face and remove their make-up. They find it to be clean, refreshing and light, leaving their face hydrated.
They really like its plant origin ingredients and state that it draws out dirt and oils from the pores. It is not irritating and does not result in acne breakouts but only leaves their skin feeling fresh and hydrated.
In conclusion, if you are looking for the best Micellar Cleansing Water for your face and eyes, then one of these fine products in our review are sure to meet your face cleansing and refreshing needs.