Do you remember learning about micelles in science class? Micelles are lipid molecules (fats, oils, etc.) that aggregate into spheres when exposed to an aqueous solution (water). Micellar water is therefore a suspension of micelles in soft water. The idea is based on miscibility–the principle that like dissolves like. The micelles–or, for lack of a better term, “oil balls”– are attracted to the dirt and oil on your face. As a result, sweeping your face with micellar water should lift off impurities and cleanse your face.
As a self-proclaimed science nerd (and I don’t mean “nerd” in a bad way), micellar water is a pretty exciting concept. A couple of weeks ago, I purchased the Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar Solution from Target ($7.49) and I have since incorporated it into my morning routine.
This cleansing solution feels as gentle as water on the skin, to dissolve make up, unclog pores and remove impurities. Skin feels toned and smooth in one easy step. No rinsing required for use on the face, eyes and lips.
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Suitable for all skin types. Alcohol and Soap free. Fragrance free.
How to Use
Use morning and evening. Apply to skin using a cotton wool pad. Hold over lashes, lids and lips for a few seconds and wipe away. No need to rinse or rub.
Hazards and Cautions
Apply over a closed eye. If product gets into eyes rinse with water immediately. Because this product contains an alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) which may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, we recommend using a sunscreen and limit sun exposure during and for a week after use of the product has stopped. Colour may vary due to natural ingredients.
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- Packaging: The micellar solution comes in a transparent bottle with screw cap. The design is very clean and appealing. (I actually intended to purchase the Simple Micellar Water but got distracted by this one.) On the downside, the bottle does not have an anti-tamper seal of any sort. Unscrewing the cap will immediately expose the solution, even on brand new bottles. Furthermore, the bottle has an approximately 1 cm diameter opening, allowing for super easy (and possibly overflowing) dispensing.
- Scent: This product is fragrance free–yay!
- Texture: The micellar cleansing solution really does have the consistency and feel of water.
- Experience: I have been using this product to clean my face every morning before work. I skip my foam face wash, apply the micellar water with a cotton pad, allow my face to dry, then follow with the rest of my routine (serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, and cushion).
It seems to do a pretty good job of removing any dirt and impurities that have accumulated on my face overnight. However, since my nightly regimen consists of lightweight products that are mostly residue-free, it’s quite hard to observe the full effectiveness of this product. Nonetheless, this micellar cleansing solution feels refreshing–just like a swipe of water across the face–and leaves my face feeling clean to the touch. The formula is non-oily and very gentle.
I have also tried this product as an eye makeup remover and it works just as well as my Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. I was able to completely remove my mascara with just a few gentle wipes.
- Rating: 4/5. I like this product a lot, but it’s not a total game changer. If you’re traveling or short on time, especially in the mornings, then I highly recommend it. Otherwise, I still prefer washing with a foam cleanser in the morning and doing the double cleanse method (oil cleanser followed by foam cleanser) at night.
Learn more about micellar water:
- 5 Reasons to Trade In Your Favorite Cleanser for Micellar Water from Elle
- Micellar Cleansing Water: The Guilt-Free Alternative to Cleansing Wipes from Marie Claire
- What The Heck Is Micellar Water, And Should You Use It? from Huffington Post