Posted on August 30 2016
Let's begin with a quick introduction to micellar water.
Micellar water is basically a cleansing liquid made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. The idea is that micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying out the skin. Therefore, micellar water can be used as a facial wash, makeup remover and moisturiser all in one.
Dermatologists recommend micellar water for people with dry and sensitive skin types because it is so gentle and hydrating. And unlike many toners, micellar water does not contain alcohol and never stings. It is best applied with an absorbent cotton pad so that the product can more easily soak up dirt.
Micellar water looks like water in the bottle as well as when you pour it out onto a cotton swab.
If you shake the bottle however you will notice it suds up. Also, the difference in feel will be apparent the minute you apply some on your skin.
Now that we've got the basics sorted...
Let's start with figuring out how to use micellar water!
1) For that first morning cleanse - if you are a heavy night time product user you might find that you need to cleanse when you wake up in the morning. Reach out for the micellar water in that case. Oily skin types also benefit from a gentle application of micellar water to refresh their skin first thing in the morning
2) For when you don't have access to clean water - think long haul travel, or post a gymn session or on treks. No water needed and your face is fresh and clean once again!
3) If you are a fan of double cleansing (if you don't know what that is, click here), then micellar water can be used as step two in your cleansing routine. What's great is that you don't need a toner and can just move on to moisturising your skin once you are done with the micellar water step.
4) On those lazy days when you don't really have the energy to indulge in a complete cleansing regime, you can take the short cut route of using micellar water instead of cleansing wipes. A word of warning though - don't make the short cut a habit because NOTHING can replace a good skin cleansing routine.
5) As a makeup brush cleanser - great for spot cleansing! Keep some in a spray bottle and use on your brushes. This is especially handy while travelling, if you dont have access to clean running water.