By now I think every beauty blogger, their mother and their bulldog have gotten their greedy little hands on a bottle of the new Garnier Micellar cleansing water. First and foremost that price is too good to resist. R80 for a 400 ml bottle puts a certain other cleansing water to shame. But hey, I’m not here to sling mud. The aforementioned cleansing water is all sorts of amazing and has a special place in my heart and beauty drawer. However, as a self-confessed babe on a budget I’m always drawn to products that work just as well without the hefty price tag attached. Okay, so with the introduction out of the way let’s get started.
What exactly is Micellar water and why is everyone freaking out about them? Let me start off by explaining how it got its name. Micellar water is made up of micelles (or micella) which are tiny oil molecules suspended in water. These fatty bubbles are able to effectively break down other fats such as sebum and makeup oils. The great thing about these (originally) French origin cleansing waters is that they don’t feel greasy or oily on your skin. They leave zero residue and by zero I mean zilch, zip, nada, nothing. They are also extremely gentle on your skin which means they are ideal for use around the eye area as well as for all those with hypersensitive skin. I’ve actually over-saturated a cotton pad before (by accident) and proceeded to cleanse my eye area without a sting or burn in sight. It’s essentially the same as cleansing with water. Well, if water removed makeup really well.
Your next question might be “Well, isn’t this the same thing as toner?” The answer is no. I’m a huge toner fan. I generally double cleanse and sometimes when I’m not feeling super lazy/tired I’ll even triple cleanse. These steps usually involve a cleansing wipe, a foaming facial cleanser and a toner or Micellar water. Toners can sometimes strip your skin and heaven forbid some of them even contain drying ingredients such as alcohol. Micellar water is actually a cleanser but without the ‘wash-off’ part. Think of it as a cleanser and a toner having a really awesome baby who has magical powers.
The Garnier Micellar water is the absolute best thing for lazy, on-the-go beauty girls that can’t be bothered to remove their makeup. Shame on you! You can effectively remove makeup with one sweep of a cotton pad and not worry about harsh chemicals that will irritate and inflame your skin. The Garnier Micellar water is Hypoallergenic and is completely fragrance-free. It removes eye, face and lip makeup easily and to be completely honest it does more than compare to the expensive one we all already know (and love). My skin doesn’t feel dry, soapy or irritated after use and I’m so impressed I could squeal. This gem from Garnier removes about 95% of makeup and can be a bit stubborn when it comes to waterproof makeup. But with a bit more elbow grease you can remove everything without experiencing redness or burning. I will just add that I wouldn’t throw out your foaming/gel cleanser just yet because as I said before I use these cleansing waters as an added step in my beauty regime.
You probably didn’t even realise that you need a Micellar water in your life but once you go Micellar you don’t go back. Grab a bottle of this at Clicks for R80. Such a steal!