I’ve been using the Garnier Micellar Water for a long time now, and I’ll admit that at first I was confused about what it does. I wasn’t sure if it was make-up remover, a cleanser or just water(!)
We all know that plain water isn’t enough to remove makeup or excess oil from your face, and the best way I can describe this is as a cleansing water.
Micellar water is one of those fantastic beauty shortcuts that is actually a shortcut and not just a ‘hack’ that could potentially do harm to your skin in the long run. It’s a clear liquid that looks just like water, but it contains micelles.
Micelles are tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water. They are attracted to dirt, grime and oil, so they cling onto that, draw out impurities and dissolve on your skin without drying it out. They leave your skin feeling hydrated and glowy.
There are so many micellar waters on the market, but like with any product, they are not all are equal by any means. I have tried a couple, and by far, Garnier’s version has been the best.
It claims to be a 3 in 1 product that removes makeup, cleanse, soothe and hydrate, however for me, it really shines at removing makeup at the end of the day. A couple of drops on a cotton pad is enough to remove all makeup including stubborn waterproof mascara. There’s no need to rinse it off either!
In theory, you shouldn’t need to use a cleanser afterwards. I like to though, not just because I’m a beauty junkie, but because i don’t feel as though my skin has been properly cleansed. When I’m having a lazy morning, I like to run a bit some micellar water over my face before putting on my makeup. It picks up any oil and dirt secreted in my sleep and gets my skin ready for makeup application.
It is free from fragrance and artificial colours, and therefore suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin.
I have tried both that Garnier have to offer, the original (pink label) and the one for oily/combination skin (green label). When products are advertised for oily skin, They’re generally the same formula as the original with the addition of alcohol.
People with oily skin tend to want to strip it of all its natural oils and use products which often contain a high percentage of alcohol that leave the skin feeling taut and dehydrated. These products should be avoided as they will worsen the condition and disrupt the skin’s protective barrier, causing the upper layers of the skin to shrink.
For this reason, I wasn’t a huge fan of the oily/combination skin formula, especially as my skin isn’t very oily anyway! My skin felt really tight and dry afterwards.
In my opinion the original formula is by far the best, and is better for oily and combination skin than the other one. The best part of all is that it comes in a huge bottle, 400ml which gives approximately 200 uses for only £5. Plus it’s frequently discounted in Boots. Yay!
What are your thoughts on micellar water? Have you tried the Garnier one?