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Micellar water?! You may have seen the name ‘micellar water’ recently around some of your favorite beauty blogs and may be a bit confused on what it is and what it does. The trendy water has been around France for decades and has recently acquired quite a following in the states. Read on to find out what Micellar water is and if it’ll be a great addition to your beauty arsenal.

What the heck is Micellar Water?

Basic skincare typically consists of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing with the occasional exfoliation routine. Micellar water interrupts this standard with an “all-in-1” cleansing capabilities that removes dirt and oil from the face with no rinsing. The product is comprised of tiny micelles (balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in water that has magnetic properties to draw impurities out of the skin. It contains no alcohol or harsh chemicals; perfect for the girl looking for a more “natural” approach to skincare.

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Is it really magic?

It looks, feels, and smells like water. Although micellar water has been popular in Europe and the UK for many years; I wasn’t immediately impressed. However, I have an extensive skincare routine due to my oily skin type, and I was willing to give micellar water a try to save some time and a few bucks.

Initially, I used the product to cleanse my face at the end of the day, but after dousing several cotton pads in product and wiping my face; it still didn’t feel clean. As a result, I followed up the product with my basic cleanser. I decided to give micellar water another try, by cleansing my face the following morning. My skin felt clean, refreshed, and hydrated. A perfect start to a new day, but in my opinion micellar water feels like a glorified toner without the burn, and I wasn’t moved enough to replace my skincare regimen just yet.

Will Micellar Water work for you?

Micellar water is marketed for all skin types, but primarily for those with dry and/or sensitive skin. If you’re interested in giving it a try, check out some of the brands listed below and let me know what you think.

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From left to right:

La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, $20.99

Perricone Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment, $45.00

Bioderma Crealine H2O, $16.04

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, $6.99

Yves Saint Laurent Toning & Cleansing Micellar Water, $32.00

By: Chimere Brown

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