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What Is Micellar Water And Should I Use It?

24th July 2017 | By Jessica Taylor

Models love them. Celebrities rave about them. Makeup artists won’t go anywhere without them. And you’re sure to find a bottle sitting in every single beauty editor’s bathroom. Yes, micellar waters are possibly the best skin care invention yet.

But what actually is micellar water? And why is it so famous? BiodermaSam

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What is it?

It looks like water, it has the viscosity of water but when you put it on your finger and feel, it has a different texture than water.

Cult French Skincare brand, Bioderma, were the first to invent this miracle water after they discovered a very specific concentration of cleansing agents group together and form micelles. Think of these ‘micelles’ like magnets as when applied to the skin they latch onto dirt and makeup.

"The idea is that micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying the skin." Bioderma say.

This means micellar water can be used as a facial wash, makeup remover and moisturiser all in one. Et voila! Skin is left clean, soft and comfortable.

What’s important to note is that micellar water has the same composition as the skin, which makes the solution perfect for those with sensitive, reactive and fragile skin.

How do I use it?

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Just like a makeup remover, place solution onto a cotton pad and swipe over the face. Use until cotton pad is clean. The best part is you're not left with any oily residue and there's no need to rinse your skin afterwards. So you can just wait a couple seconds until it all dries, then moisturise.

Does it actually work?

 French edit

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We had our beauty member’s road test the ‘OG’ of all micellar waters, Bioderma Sensibio H20 in our recent French Beauty Edit. See the results for yourself.

  • 78% said Bioderma Micellar Water effectively removed makeup, dirt and impurities.
  • 57% found it gentle and easy to use
  • 97% said they were satisfied with the results
  • 84% said they would purchase it in the future


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