We all know beauty rule number one is to never sleep in your make-up, for years I thought sweeping a baby wipe across my face and pulling out my falsies was enough, but who was I kidding? I'd awake in the morning to parched, red, blotchy and altogether crap skin. I realised this had to change and over time have been a little kinder to my face and developed more of a routine when it comes to removing the face cake -yes girls that means even after too many Woo Woo's on a night out! I first came across Micellar water a couple of years ago at work, I worked for a company which manufactures toiletries and cosmetics and was sent comp shopping to buy Vichy thermale 3 in 1 Micellar Solution to benchmark against. I'd never tried it but was intrigued. I liked the sound of the formulation and so gave it a whirl myself. I honestly have never looked back.
Micellar Waters are different to general cleansers in that they leave something behind, give something back to your hard working complexion after removing the days troubles. They are non rinse formulations which is great for quickness and I have to say they seem to work fantastically for my dry/sensitive skin type. They are chemical free and still remove even the toughest of eye make up at the end of the day.
Of course there are now many many other brands providing their own versions of this magic water all at different price points. The L'Oreal Micellar Solution is one of the cheaper offerings at only £3.49. I find this one removes my make up with ease whilst toning too -Brucey bonus! However although for sensitive skin I find it a fair bit harsher than others that I've tried. It doesn't leave my face as moisturised as say the other two but that's just personal preference, it didn't harm my skin at all and did a good job at what it was supposed to do, this I'd use when my skin is feeling good and not in an uber sensitive state, for most skin types it'd be fabulous. Hell at £3.49 I shouldn't really complain.
My favourite out of the three has to be the Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 calming cleansing micellar solution, it retails at £11. This not only performs brilliantly but also smells like cucumber, so calming and feels like angels kissing your skin ..ok tad overboard there but I friggin' love this stuff! It leaves skin feeling clean, pure and moisturised. I never have a problem using it when my skin has gotten a little angry, no stinging, dryness or sensitivity, it is my go to cleanser and I can't get enough of it.
Finally we have perhaps the original Micellar water, this is the Bioderma offering, I always opt for the Hydrabio version as is specific for my skin type (dry, sensitive bla bla blaahh). This formulation is said to be 'ultra mild' and 'locks in moisture' both statements of which I whole heartedly agree. This product is the daddy of all cleansers if you are a sensitive Sally like myself, it isn't quite so tough at removing make up as quickly as say the L'Oreal or Vichy, but it does the job well but with a much more pleasant user experience. I will always keep a bottle of this handy for those times when my skin is upset and in need of a bit of pampering. On really bad days, I sometimes use this just to inject a bit of life back into my poorly complexion. You can get your hands on a 250ml bottle for £7.99 and it lasts ages.
Have you tried any Micellar waters? Which brands are your favourite?
Love Hammy x