The Squeeze on Micellar Water
BY KUDI MARADZIKA
"She is water, powerful enough to drown you. Soft enough to cleanse you. Powerful enough to save you".
I may have been late to the band wagon with micellar water or maybe I just ignored the trend all together. After all, what's the big deal with bottled water for your face? Isn't it just like a standard cleanser? Surely I can just wash my face with water like a normal human being? This cynicism and the fact that previous experiences with cleaning agents have left my skin incredibly dry didn't really leave me yearning to try this...until of course I dug deeper and did some research.
Micellar water 💦 💧 pronounced (my-cellar) is the staple of French women and supermodels. All great beauty trends seem to start in France and in this case, the invention of micellar was one of pure necessity. In the not so recent past, the beauty conscious inhabitants of Paris found the water in the city too 'hard' to use on their faces, birthing this new trend, ("hard" water will basically strip your skin of any moisture faster than the heat from an exploding star).
The practicality of the product is also apparent for models who I can imagine need to change makeup looks quicker than you can say 'Commes Des Garcons' during fashion week. Whatever the reason for its invention, this stuff removes make up and tones your skin like nothing else. So we already 💙💙💙💙 this stuff without even trying it of course! 😊
With such magical properties I had to try this stuff out, (of course!). To clarify, micellar water isn't some bottled-in-a-mythical-spring and kissed-by-the-Gods water, (with flecks of real gold added for dramatic effect!). Micellar water isn't actually water but its ability to remove make-up and cleanse skin is unparalleled. Here are my top three recommendations from some that I've tried and done some research on...👩🏻💻👩🏾💻
The Cleansing Micellar Water from La Mer.
WHAT IS IT?
Formulated without parabens or sulphates this micellar water is the Rolls Royce of all micellar water. La Mer products in general are very pricey, but from a recent conversation with someone who is in the beauty industry its because their ingredients are sourced from the absolute best sources. This is a light product specifically for dry skins. Its also 'powered by micro-capsules, and marine micelles (small round cleansing structures)'. The idea is these products easily lift away impurities whilst leaving your skin undamaged with the restorative ingredients that are also included.
According to La Mer, 'Miracle Broth is at the heart of La Mer and is infused into every treatment in the collection. This elixir is formulated with hand-harvested sea kelp and other nutrients and minerals unlocked via a natural fermentation process'. We believe you La Mer, but at this price point this may have to be reserved for those special occasions!
R 1375 for 200 ml from Edgars
La Roche-Posay Eau Micellaire .
WHAT IS IT?
Credited as 'one of the original' micellar water brands alongside brands like Biogene, this product is a cult classic. Walk into any pharmarcy in France and this is stocked front and centre. This is now available in Dischem stores throughout the country. Part of the brands effaclar, which was designed to cleanse and moisturise whilst reducing redness and inflammation. However, this range is designed specifically for oil-prone skin and is alcohol and soap-free.
However, since the formulation is for oily skin, people with normal, combination or dry skin may find this drying. People who also don't like scented products may also dislike the light scent this has. However, this is a better priced alternative good for daily use.
R 199 for 200 ml from Dischem
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water In Oil
WHAT IS IT?
This is very different from the traditional micellar water in how its formulated. With cleansing properties, this product goes the extra mile with an added layer of moisturising oils. It's extremely gentle, (perhaps a touch too gentle for some). Removing makeup with this will take a few more drops of the product than average.
That said this is great for people with sensitive skin. For people with extra sensitive skin, it may be best to use a slightly moistened cotton rondelle to make sure this doesnt dry your skin out too much. This is a good buy, but may not be for people with dry or oily skins who need more from their micellar.
Let me know which micellar water you're using or if you're using any at all!