Micellar Water War



Would it be a bold statement to say micellar waters changed my life? Maybe, but it wouldn't make it any less true. I used to be a babywipe user all through my teen years and let me tell you, there's nothing worse for your face. I used to think I'd taken off all my makeup every evening and that was that. Oh how wrong I was. I would always wake up with panda eyes the next morning and surprise surprise, I'd still have traces of my foundation lurking in the sink when I washed my face. Babywipes can also be pretty bad for your skin too - they can strip a lot of your natural goodness and ladies with sensitive skin or eye areas? You're just asking for trouble using babywipes every evening - trust me, I'm one of said ladies!

That being said, I'll still use good facewipes when the going gets tough (e.g. when I'm travelling) as they're convenient and easy to pack and use. Simple do some fantastic natural ones that aren't too bad, but nothing beats a micellar water. I always use a micellar water and cotton pads to remove the bulk of my makeup every evening. They're great for removing not only your base makeup but stubborn eye makeup and mascaras, too. The first micellar water I ever tried was the Garnier water and I was sold. It worked so well as a first cleanse, didn't hurt or irritate my sensitive skin and the big bottle? Wow it lasted a lifetime. But once I eventually ran out I started exploring some other options and I think I've found three favourites I will always repurchase.

So as I said the original Garnier water was my first love. It removes makeup with no problem and doesn't sting my extremely sensitive eyes. As far as value for money goes, this has got to be one of the best micellars on the market. You get a huge 400ml bottle for a steal of a price which is usually even cheaper as it's often on offer in Boots and Superdrug. I've recently also tried the Garnier Pure Active cleansing water which is aimed at combination to oily & sensitive skin types. This one is also great - it has no issues pulling that makeup up and out of your pores but I would use it with caution. Products usually aimed at oily skin can sometimes remove too much of your natural oils from your skin and even though my skin is extremely oily, this one can sometimes leave my skin feeling a little dry and stripped. It also very occasionally stings my eyes but that might just be my eyes being the extra sensitive numpties that they are. I would still recommend this water to those of you who do suffer on the oilier end of the skin spectrum though, as it does help mattify and balance your skin, just make sure to inject some good moisture back into your skin once you've used it!

Now I don't know if I can say this last one is my absolute favourite micellar cleanser, but its certainly up their fighting for poll position. Nivea's Daily Essentials Sensitive 3 in 1 micellar offering is lovely to use. Although you don't get as much product for the price, the feeling of this water is much more luxurious and just generally nice on the skin. It breaks down makeup with ease just like the others but here's the difference - it leaves your skin so incredibly soft. I was genuinely surprised the first time I used this as it left my skin feeling similar to how it feels after I've finished my skin routine and that is impressive. I find the Nivea micellar the most hydrating to use and it leaves your skin soft and supple which great for the sensitive skin audience it is targeted at. If, heaven forbid, I was having a lazy evening and couldn't be bothered to do my second cleanse etc., I would 100% reach for this water to cleanse my skin as it feels like it gives your skin that little bit extra TLC compared to every other brand I've tried and that's what you want sometimes, right?

Micellar cleansing waters have definitely been a game-changer for me but remember to use them as part of your skin routine - They're great for getting rid of most of your makeup and the dirt and grime of the day, but always go a step deeper with an additional cleanser afterwards as micellars can only ever remove what is sitting on the surface. They're central to my skincare routine and I don't know where I'd be without them!

Do you have a favourite micellar water you would recommend?


- A.
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