In the early ’90s, micellar water was developed in France, and it turned the beauty routines of French women (and subsequently women everywhere) on its head. While the water in France was notoriously hard, it was safe enough to drink, but it wreaked havoc on their skin and hair — micellar water was the answer.
For a while, micellar water was a closely guarded secret among French women and beauty insiders only to be found in small, clandestine drug stores that were tucked away in the far corners of Paris. Today, however, micellar waters are readily available everywhere.
This skincare powerhouse first premiered to outsiders in 2013, when Bioderma introduced their Sensibio H2O Micellar Water into London’s famous John Bell & Croydon pharmacy. Since then, micellar water has skyrocketed to success, and this beauty must-have is available at every price point and every beauty brand has their own version.
What Is Micellar Water?
Micellar water looks and feels like pure water, but there are no minerals and heavy metals like those found in tap water. Instead, the purified water base is infused with hydrating ingredients and mild surfactants which help break down oils. These ingredients group together to form tiny balls, called micelles, that are suspended in the water. Altogether this skincare superstar is a gentle cleanser that effectively removes dirt and makeup without over-drying. Micellar water can be used in the morning as a gentle cleanser instead of harsh soaps and cleansers, and it can just as easily be used at night to remove dirt, grime, and makeup.
How Is Micellar Water Different From Toners And Other Cleansers?
First and foremost, micellar water is an ultra-gentle cleanser, so it cleans away dirt and makeup — and only dirt and makeup. Unlike other cleansers and toners, it won’t strip your skin of precious oils, and it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and overly dry. What’s more, micellar water is often infused with glycerin, which acts as a hydrator leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturized.
Whereas toners are meant to balance your skin’s pH and prepare your skin for the next steps in your skincare routine, micellar water is strictly a cleanser meant to remove makeup.
Should You Add Micellar Water To Your Skincare Routine?
Micellar water is an easy step to add to your routine, and there are plenty of benefits to be had; using it is as easy as soaking a cotton ball with the micellar water of your choice and gently wiping your face with it. There's no rinsing required, and you're left with skin that's clean and refreshed.
What's more, while most micellar waters are less than $20, there are plenty more that are less than $10. So this addition to your skincare routine won't bust any budgets either, and your return on investment is off the charts.