Once upon a time, BB creams took the industry by storm. These days, it’s micellar water that’s creating a splash. What exactly is it? Although it may resemble regular water, it is actually infused with microscopic balls of cleansing oil molecules called micelles, which attract dirt and oil. What makes micellar water so special is that it cleanses the skin without drying it out. Like many of today’s trending ingredients, micellar water isn’t new. According to Charlene DeHaven, M.D., clinical director of Innovative Skincare, it has been around for ages. It was first developed in France before the use of plumbing systems when water was harsh on the skin.
“Unlike traditional cleansers, which have surfactants and detergents that create a foam and friction to help remove dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin, micellar waters have raspberry-shaped sponges that are lipophilic, meaning they attract oil,” says Tyler Steele, AVP, medical and media relations of La Roche-Posay. “Because of this, micellar waters are great at removing makeup and pollution while still being very gentle on skin, which is desirable for those with naturally sensitive skin or sensitizing conditions, including rosacea and acne. Additionally, micellar waters are great time-savers, because they can be applied to cotton to apply to skin and require no additional rinsing.” Some contain additional ingredients that provide the skin with additional benefits. For instance, La Roche-Posay Micellar Water includes glycerin, a skin-softening humectant, and Decléor Soothing Micellar Water features rose essential oil to protect skin from external pollutants.
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