Everyone is looking for the perfect solution to remove your makeup. If you’ve tried makeup wipes, you know they can be a little harsh on your skin. Many people have also tried using oil makeup removers, but unfortunately those can sometimes leave your pores clogged, resulting in breakouts! Finding the right makeup remover should not be as complicated as it is. What could be the happy medium that your skin will thank you for?

Cue micellar water. Micellar water was invented by the french founder of Bioderma and is the new holy grail for most skincare professionals. It was created to remove makeup without irritating the skin while still getting rid of all the dirt and oil that can clog your pores. Sounds like a miracle product, right?

Who is Micellar Water Meant For?

This water-based cleansing solution usually comes in different formulas for dry, sensitive, and oily skin.  Anyone who is looking to remove their makeup, have a quick post-workout refresher, or doesn’t have time to wash their face in the mornings should try using micellar water. It’s the perfect solution for on the go cleansing!

What Even is Micellar Water?

Contrary to what the name might suggest, this magical cleansing water isn’t just water. It actually contains soft water (unlike the hard, harsh tap water that comes from your sink) so it’s much more gentle on your skin.

Micellar water also has micelles (hence the name micellar water) that are actually tiny little particles of oil that naturally attract the dirt and debris on the skin. These micelles are what gives micellar water its cleansing properties and effectively removes your makeup. Because micelles naturally attract dirt and oil, micellar water doesn’t throw off the ph balance of your skin like other makeup removers usually do. You’re left with soft, clean, non-irritated skin!

Is Micellar Water and Toner the Same Thing?

We can definitely see how you can think this, but the short answer is no. Toner is generally meant to restore the ph to your skin after using harsh cleansers that strip the skin of its natural oils. Some toners even contain alcohol, which can irritate your skin and make you break out!

Micellar water is basically meant to do the opposite, it doesn’t strip your skin whatsoever and allows you to use a more gentle cleanser. This is because you’re effectively removing your makeup before you even touch your cleanser. This means you can use a cleanser without harsh ingredients!

How Do You Use this Magical Cleanser?

Micellar water is best applied with a cotton ball or round. To remove your makeup, soak the cotton round in the micellar and gently swipe it across your face. If you’re looking for a more sustainable option, you can purchase reusable washable cotton pads from Amazon!

If you’re using micellar water as a toner, the process is more or less the same except you can just use a little bit less than when removing makeup. And guess what? In either case, you don’t have to rinse it off! It doesn’t leave any type of residue or film on your skin after use.

If you want something on the go, a lot of companies sell mini bottles of their full size micellar waters! These are great to keep in the car, on your gym back, or in your locker if you’re a student.

Our Favorite Micellar Waters

Are you ready to make the transition from irritating makeup wipes to soothing micellar water? Congratulations! We’ve compiled a list of different ones for all skin types and price ranges, so we’re sure you’ll find one that’s perfect for you.  

Bioderma Sensibio H2O ($15)

Bioderma is the original micellar water and my personal favorite! This one comes in three different versions for sensitive, dry, and oily skin. All of them are extremely gentle but will effectively remove your makeup with minimal effort.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water ($8)

If you’re in a pinch, the Garnier micellar water is a great option that you can easily pick up from any drugstore, Walmart, or Target. This one also comes in two different formulas for dry and oily skin, but both are still gentle!

Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water ($9)

You can get great skincare benefits from a micellar water, even if it’s drugstore. The Simple brand is known for using the gentlest ingredients so that your skin doesn’t become irritated. Glycerin, hexylene glycol, and lactic acid are all ingredients you can find in this affordable micellar water. You can expect for your skin to feel soft, smooth, and conditioned afterwards!

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra ($20)

If you’re looking for a dual-action micellar water, this is the one for you! This cleansing water actually contains AHA’s (alpha-hydroxy acids), which are chemical exfoliants that remove dead skin cells. AHA’s also brighten your complexion and can help with acne and texture, so if those are concerns for you, consider picking this one up.

Klavuu Pearlsation Marine Collagen Micro Cleansing Water ($17)

Similar to the La Roche-Posay water, this one has further skincare benefits as well. It contains collagen that encourages elasticity and helps your skin maintain that youthful, supple appearance! After immediate use, it leaves your skin looking dewy and fresh. After consistent use, it will help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All of that for only $17? Sign us up!

Girl Undiscovered Under The Waterfall Crystal Cleansing Water ($40)

Okay, we know this one is a little expensive. But we promise this will be the most beautiful micellar water bottle that will ever sit on top of your vanity! Why is that? Because there are actual crystals in the bottle. This cleansing water tones, hydrates, and restores the ph balance of your skin. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, it also deeply hydrates your skin, perfect for you drier gals out there.

Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Towelettes ($5)

If you’re really in a pinch, Burt’s Bees offers cleansing towelettes infused with micellar water instead of harsh, irritating ingredients that most wipes contain, which can leave an oily residue on the skin. These are perfect for on the go and keeping in your purse for emergencies!