Micellar Cleansing Water: The Guilt-Free Alternative To Cleansing Wipes
Could switching to a micellar cleansing water give you perfect skin? French women say yes! And we agree.
Your need-to-know on Micellar Waters for cleansing skin: Take note, party girls – and lazy girls. It’s easy to reach for a cleansing wipe at the end of a busy day, but research suggests this isn’t the best way to take care of our skin.
Thankfully, some beauty boffins in France have come to our rescue with a new way to quickly remove make-up – without the guilt. Originally created in the 90s to help Parisian women deal with the region’s notoriously harsh water, micellar cleansers have been their best kept secret ever since – that is, until make-up artists and models started raving about the benefits of this no-rinse formula, bringing it to our shores in recent years.
Quick and easy to use, a micellar cleanser is a lifesaver for on-the-go beauty and late nights. While your usual cleansing routine can seem like a chore, micellar versions don’t even need water to work. But are they really better for your skin? Darphin’s Education Manager, Emma Schulz, says ‘micellar cleansing waters have mostly been adapted for sensitive skin and have been formulated with mild and non-irritating surfactants, suitable thanks to their gentleness.’
This means even stubbon make-up is effectively removed with one sweep of a cotton pad and with no harsh chemicals or detergents to irritate and inflame skin – all this cleanser contains are tiny micelles (microscopic oil spheres) that dissolve impurities without stripping the skin – even the most troublesome complexions are left feeling soft, nourished and hydrated.
Plus, there are big advantages to removing your make-up this way, as Emma explains: ‘The use of cotton pads plays a major role in why they are so effective at removing makeup. Cotton is hydrophilic, and when you pour the micellar solution on the cotton pad, the hydrophilic heads are attracted to the cotton, leaving the hydrophobic tails sticking up to trap oil, wax based substances and dirt, like makeup and sebum. When applied to skin, micellar water and cotton pads cleanse the skin by acting like a magnet, attracting and entrapping impurities without harsh rubbing or scraping.’
Perfect for sensitive or stressed out skin, we think it’s clear that micellar cleansing water is set to become a cult classic in the UK.
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