What is Micellar Water, And How Do You Use It?
Posted on 19 February 2019 by Leonie Satori
When it comes to natural skin care these days, its hard to know what is good and what is not. In this article we look at micellar water - what it is and how you should use it, plus a few other things relating to micellar water. Oui.
We started stocking Acure skin care products some years ago, and while we don't have the full range of products on the shelves, we like to bring in the occasional unique Acure product. We recently added Acure Micellar Water to our shelves, but found that there was a little confusion about how this product worked and how to use it.
What is Micellar Water?
The term micellar is derived from 'micelle', which is used in chemistry to describe an aggregate of molecules in a colloidal solution, such as those formed when a detergent encapsulates, say a fatty substance.
So, how does this translate back to understanding more about micellar water? Well, micellar water is made up of tiny clusters of cleansing oil molecules that draw out dirt from the surface of your skin. These micelles are said to have an lipophilic or oil-loving tail, which traps dirt, makeup and excess oils and a hydrophilic or water-loving 'head' to dissolve impurities for easy removal.The concept follows, that these micelles draw dirt, makeup and excess oils out of the skin, without drying. The micellar water encapsulates impurities, which are then easily removed from the skin with a cotton pad (see our organic cotton pads here) or something that can really soak up any impurities or makeup.
Unlike a traditional facial toner, micellar water doesn't contain alcohol, so dryness or irritation of the skin is not usually an issue. Micellar water tends to look a lot like water, but when you feel it on your fingertips, you can sense the little particles of oil (but it doesn't feel oily).
Another difference with micellar water is that you do not need to rinse off afterwards - there is no residue left on your skin. There are some theories that micellar water originated in Paris, when their water supply was notoriously 'hard', or mineral rich, making facial cleansing a challenge for sensitive skin. Francophiles may suggest that this, perhaps this is the secret to an effortlessly beautiful, glowing complexion. Peut être.
Who Should Use Micellar Water?
Ideal for sensitive skin that is prone to redness (that's me) or dry skin, micellar water can gently remove impurities and grime from the skin. Micellar water is also ideal for travelling, to freshen up your skin and also to gently tone after using a cleanser or removing make-up.
Those who live or work in 'the big smoke' will know how 'dirty' your skin can get from all of the smog and pollutants in the atmosphere. Also, if you like to wear liquid eyeliner or eyeshadow, you would know how irritating some makeup removers and cleansers can be (especially the oily ones). Again, with no residue, micellar water might just help to do the trick.
Camping and micellar water? Yep, there, I said it! Micellar water is ideal for camping, especially when you have a limited water supply, micellar water can give your skin a gentle cleanse and freshen up, no rinsing required.
Are All Micellar Waters Worthy Our Attention?
It might seem like a pretty harsh question, but in all honesty, there are some pretty chemical laden products around the place. We love the Acure Micellar Water for a few reasons (I am sure there are some other brands that are fab too). It is mineral oil free and free of all of your usual other nasties (phthalates, petroleum by-products, silicone...), and it is vegan and cruelty free. Another few features of the Acure Micellar Water is the added probiotics and antioxidants (resveratrol), that help to gently cleanse and nourish your skin. Belle.
So, The Basic Gist Of Micellar Water
Micellar Water. Great for dry, sensitive skin or skin prone to redness. Great for travelling. No alcohol = no dryness. No residue means you do not need to rinse after use. Si jolie!
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her wellness clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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