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Should You Be Using Micellar Water?

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Micellar WaterFrench women have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to beauty.  The French have been benefiting from the cleansing power of micellar water for decades.  It seems like all the sudden this not so new product has bursts on the U.S. skin care scene with well known brands offering their version ranging from $8-$50.  So, this begs the question-Should we make room for it in our beauty routine?

Let’s break down the new cleansing craze, micellar water-or as the French say me-cell-air!  What is it?  Is it natural?  Plus, could “water” really be beneficial for the skin?  

What Is Micellar Water?

Micellar water is soft water that has microscopic oil molecules, called micelles, that are suspended in the water.  They attract dirt, oil and makeup.  Soft water is water that does not contain minerals.  Hard water can actually build up on the skin and clog pores and can actually prevent products from penetrating.  Micellar water (without any additives) is free of soap, fragrance, alcohol and other harsh chemicals that can wreak havoc on any skin type.

Basically, those little oil molecules are like dirt magnets that attract and dissolve impurities-all while being extremely gentle on the skin!

How to Use:

Simply squirt a generous amount into a cotton ball and gently swipe over the skin.  If removing makeup, you might need several cotton balls to remove it thoroughly.  No water required!  Once cleansed, tone and moisturize as usual.


  • Gentle-Because it’s free of soap and minerals, it will not irritate the most sensitive of skin types.
  • Every skin type can benefit from this cleansing method.
  • Prepares the skin for serum/moisturizers because it cleanses the skin without leaving a film.
  • Travels well-Think the gym or even camping trips.  Because water is not required, this is the perfect choice for cleansing on the go!
  • Keeps skin hydrated-Since there is no soap-the pH of your skin is not effected and the skin is not stripped of it’s natural oils.
  • Keeps skin clear because it removes oils effectively without alerting the skin to produce more oil.  Plus, it does not clog pores or leave the skin vulnerable to environmental stress.
  • Removes Makeup!
  • It’s perfect for midday cleansing touch ups.
  • Remove foundation, bronzer and blush without removing eye makeup-This is helpful for when you need to touch up your day makeup for night but don’t want to start over.  (or your contouring went terribly wrong!)

In my opinion, micellar water is the perfect morning cleanser.  I love to oil cleanse in the evening but I don’t always feel like a full A.M. oil cleanse is necessary so a few swipes of this light cleanser will gently cleanse my skin, preparing it for a toner and facial oil!  Plus, while doing research, I found that many makeup artist use Micellar water before runway shows because it softens the skin and helps the makeup look flawless.

Should you go out and buy micellar water at your local drugstore?  Probably not.  I looked up several popular skin care lines such as Garnier, Loreal and Simple and their ingredients were questionable at best. Pacifica has a lovely Micellar product HERE you can try! Plus, you can make your own! Go to A Life Adjacent’s post HERE to learn how!

xx, Jenni

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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

5 thoughts on “Should You Be Using Micellar Water?”

  1. As always, you keep me up to date with this stuff Jenni! I don’t think this is something I’d use on a daily basis. I oil cleanse at night. In the am I just use a warm washcloth, and sometimes a gentle exfoliant. But I like the idea of using it to remove makeup mid-day…there are times that I want to just touch up my makeup but not start from scratch. And would be handy for travel as well…thanks!

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