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What Is Micellar Water? Is This Wonder Potion Worth The Hype?

You might have heard about micellar water from a beauty guru or seen it in the market, but have you ever wondered what it is and how you’re meant to use it? This magic potion looks and feels very similar to water which is why it can be light and refreshing on the face – But just because it doesn’t look like a fancy skincare product, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work.

What Is It?

Many beauty brands now offer micellar water as part of their skincare line. The potion has suspended micelles in it, dermatologist Mona Gohara explained. These substances are made up of cleansing oil molecules that attract oil and dirt without stripping the skin of its natural oils and moisture.

Geinz Angelina/Shutterstock — There are many brands offering micellar water

When used as a cleanser, these micelles extract the dirt particles from the skin and break them down. Micellar water is different from a toner because it cleanses without drying.

Should You Use Micellar Water?

Micellar water plays a similar role to a facial cleanser, but they’re not actually the same. The dermatologist clarified that the light solution should be a part of a regimen because it acts as a double cleanse.

Nicoleta Ionescu/Shutterstock — Micellar water’s job is to clean without drying the skin

Gentle cleansers often fail to take the stubborn oil and dirt out of the pores which is where micellar water comes in. While strong and irritating soaps and washes have more powerful cleansing properties, they are usually drying and harsh on the skin.

The micellar water doesn’t break the skin’s barrier but still does the hard job of taking impurities away. This way, you’ll feel clean and refreshed after using it.

Not Everyone Believes the Hype Is Worth It

Some brands also claim that micellar water acts as a makeup remover, which means you won’t need a toner or makeup wipes after washing your face. However, some experts are skeptical about this wonder product’s alleged benefits.

Blackday/Shutterstock A dermatologist believes it isn’t for people who love wearing heavy makeup

Dermatologist Julia T. Hunter also doesn’t think that micellar water has magic powers. The expert believes that it is not enough to remove ALL the impurities, especially for women who love to wear heavy makeup.

The skin needs to be fully and deeply cleansed and moisturized before any treatment could work, the dermatologist added. Moreover, micellar water is often advertised as a mild product that can be beneficial for people with sensitive and irritation-prone skin but there are tons of products that have alcohol and scent, plastic surgeon Melissa Doft said.

Because of these things, it may not be regarded as superior among all the skincare products. Cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson said that micellar water is not as essential as everybody thinks, adding that you can use it in the morning as a refresher.

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