The Magic of Micellar Water

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Are you as dry as I am this Winter?

Yet again, I’d fallen down another rabbit hole while surfing the web! What did I find this time? One of those intriguing “my favorite products” videos on Youtube. Love these! This one in particular covered an interview with a celebrity makeup artist named Amy Nadine. Ohhhhh yes – game changer coming! Even if you don’t agree with everything you find on the internet, it’s always interesting to hear what someone (whose entire career is centered around making those damn celebs look so amazing) has to say about their favorite trends in skincare products.

How have I never noticed micellar water? Apparently, this product has been super popular in Paris due to the hard water that runs through their systems…which can be really harsh on folks with sensitive skin (or any skin type in general). But after seeing Amy’s video – where she literally states she hasn’t “washed her face in two years”, I started seeing it EVERYWHERE. Every single brand you can name on the shelves at CVS has its own version!

All have pretty much the same directions:

STEP 1: Liberally saturate a cotton pad with micellar water

STEP 2: Hold over closed eyes for a fews seconds (to assist in heavy eye makeup removal)

STEP 3: Gently swab the rest of your face, under-chin, and neck

STEP 4: Let dry (no need to rinse!)

SO, WHAT IS MICELLAR WATER?

Micellar water is made up of micelles. A micelle, according to Wikipedia, “is an aggregate (or supramolecular assembly) of surfactant molecules dispersed in a liquid colloid. Typically, a micelle in aqueous solution forms an aggregate with the hydrophilic “head” regions in contact with surrounding solvent, sequestering the hydrophobic single-tail regions in the micelle centre”. WOAH, that’s a lot of science!

Basically, the watery substance is filled with tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules suspended in soft water. The micelles are attracted to the dirt and oil collecting on your face after a long day. Their job is to draw out impurities without drying out your skin. For folks with temperamental skin – this is a great tool considering soap bars and face wash can strip your skin of natural hydrators as well as disrupt the pH balance. Micelles merely cling to dirt, oil, pollution, makeup and dissolve them while leaving behind freshly hydrated skin! 

USES FOR MICELLAR WATER:

  • Tone your skin
  • Clean face in the AM / gently remove makeup in the PM
  • Cleanse your face after the gym or outdoor activities (remember, no rinsing required)
  • Clean makeup brushes
  • Hydrate and refresh your skin
  • Hand sanitizer

WHY TRY MICELLAR WATER:

  • IF you’re using a lot of product each day which seem to be drying out your skin or causing acne/breakouts
  • IF you suffer from dry skin (in general)
  • IF you want to cut down on time spent during your morning routine
  • IF on the road/or flight and don’t have access to a sink to wash your face

TRY IT OUT! Let us know what you think! Share your thoughts and the brand you tried to our Facebook page. 🙂

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