By Lynsey Eaton | Photography by SUKILYNN
No doubt the new “it” product on the beauty scene, micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. If that’s about as Greek to you as it was to me, just know it is meant to be a magical, no-rinse cure-all that both removes your makeup and moisturizes your skin in a single step.
As it turns out, although it was new to me, micellar water isn’t new to the beauty scene. It was originally designed over 100 years ago to help Parisians deal with their harsh water supply. (The things you learn…)
So how does it work? It still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but those namesake micelles in the water are allegedly attracted to dirt, grime, and oil, and draw out impurities without drying out your skin. Sure, ok. I can accept that. Here is the part that is hard to comprehend: Those same micelles we were just talking about actually cling on to said dirt and makeup and dissolve them (as in, make them magically disappear) while leaving behind a glowy, hydrated finish.
Nothing short of magic.
What’s more? It is suited for all skin types, needs nothing for application save a cotton pad and is perfect for travel because it basically does away with your need for, you know, your entire toiletry bag. Boom.
I’ve been using the La Mer Micellar Cleansing Water since I discovered it and this girl is nothing short of obsessed. It is easy to use (which means I actually use it) and has really helped my Sahara-dry skin. Considering I don’t wear much makeup on the regular, I have found that it really is the cure-all it was intended to be. Sure, when I have an event or wear a smidgen more eye makeup than normal I have to use a more traditional makeup remover first. But when it comes to my daily skincare routine, this stuff is a total game changer.