What is micellar water?
You've probably wondered what micellar water actually is and if it's really good for the skin. Micellar water has recently become very popular in beauty care as it is considered to be a gentle and deep cleansing method. It removes dirt particles and make-up without irritating the skin.
How does micellar water affect the skin?
Micellar water consists of elongated molecules that are water-repellent on one side and water-friendly on the other. When these molecules are placed in polar water, they form tiny spheres called micelles. These micelles are particularly fat-dissolving and cleanse the skin thoroughly without rubbing or pressing. Make-up, mascara, lipstick and dirt particles are trapped and removed solely by the bipolar charge of the molecules in the micelles.
What should you consider when buying micellar water?
Some micellar waters contain aggressive surfactants such as polyethylene glycol (PEG) derivatives, poloxamers or polysorbates, which can weaken the skin's protective barrier and make the skin more vulnerable to environmental influences. Sensitive skin types can react with redness, dehydration and flaking. That's why you should pay attention to the ingredients when choosing your micellar water and make sure that it is free of fragrances, preservatives and alcohol and contains no synthetic surfactants.
Alternative cleaning agents
An alternative are micellar waters, which cleanse in a natural way, such as through sugar or coconut oil. These are gentler on the skin, but don't always remove waterproof makeup. To make sure your micellar water doesn't harm your skin or the environment, you should check the product's INCI list or use an app like Codecheck.
Dosage and application of micellar water
A cotton pad and a few drops of micellar water are enough to thoroughly cleanse the face. Too much micellar water can dry out the skin and impair the cleaning effect. It is also important to moisturize the face with micellar water after cleansing to support the skin's moisture barrier.
Conclusion: micellar water as a gentle cleansing method
In summary, micellar water is a convenient and gentle cleansing method, but it is not suitable for all skin types. It is important to pay attention to the ingredients and to pay careful attention to the dosage and application of the micellar water in order to achieve the best possible effect for the skin. If you have sensitive skin or are unsure whether micellar water is right for you, you should always consult a dermatologist before purchasing.