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Why You Need A Bottle of Micellar Water - Like Right Now!

Why You Need A Bottle of Micellar Water - Like Right Now!

Hands down, the absolute worst part about makeup, is taking it off. We work hard to prime, powder and set our makeup so it doesn’t budge. Only to have to work just as hard to wipe it all off at the end of the day. And while we all know sleeping in our makeup is skin suicide, even the most dedicated among us have done it once or twice. Wipes by your bedside seem ideal until your waterproof mascara is still there after wipe two. So how do you remove all of your makeup when all you want to do is fall asleep? Pick up a bottle of 3-in-1 micellar water.

Micellar water may sound like a refreshing drink from some quaint French town (it does originate in France however), but it is the dream product lazy beauty lovers everywhere have been dreaming of. Micellar water is just that, water with micelles (small balls of cleansing oils) mixed in. The micelles attract and pull the makeup particles off your face and the water washes them away. The combination of the two allows the product to cleanse, tone and moisturize in one fell swoop - without drying alcohol or other stripping agents. This makes micellar water perfect for acne prone skin, but brands have developed formulas for other skin types as well.

Micellar water is used similarly to a traditional toner: apply it on a cotton pad and wipe. And that’s the only step! It doesn’t leave behind any residue and doesn’t need to be rinsed off. It may take some extra elbow grease to remove stage makeup or a 7 layer cake face, but your everyday foundation, brows and even waterproof mascara will glide right off. And because this product is more than just a makeup remover, you can use this in the morning to prep your face for makeup.

Of course, French women already swear by micellar water, but it is an emerging product in the US. No longer do you need to catch a flight to Paris, because micellar water is available from brands you already love. Garnier is dominating the drugstore space but has growing competition from Simple, Yes To, NYX and more. Which is great for us, we love options! If you’re ready to simplify your makeup and skincare routine, here are five highly rated micellar waters.

  1. YES TO Coconut Micellar Cleansing Water, Ulta $9. Yes To already makes some of our favorite affordable skincare items, so trying this new one out is a no-brainer. It also is available in cucumber and cotton.

  2. Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water, Nordstrom $28. Caudalie is a French brand so you know this product is going to be top of the line. Plus the pump top is great for a controlled release.

  3. GARNIER SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Mattifying, Target $7. Yes oily ones, micellar water is for you too! This new micellar water from Garnier is specially formulated to leave you matte.

  4. Lancôme Micellar Cleansing Water Face, Eyes, Lips, Sephora $39. Lancôme is another French brand synonymous with great skincare and makeup. You’re sure to get a luxurious clean from this product.

  5. Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes, Walmart $6. If you’re on the go, or really can’t be bothered to pour out the right of product, these micellar are for you! It’s perfect for a carry-on or overnight bag or nights when you can only muster up enough strength to wipe and pass out.

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