So when I tell you I’ve been looking for this stuff forever…..I mean I’ve been looking for it forever. I’ve been to numerous Target’s, CVS’s, and the like and NOWHERE had it in stock. Then…low and behold one day I’m walking around with my friend in another city and BAM! There it was! Right on the shelf with a bunch of others. I made sure to secure myself a bottle and walked out of the CVS elated.
Why was I so fanatical about this product? Simple. It’s magic. Well, not exactly, but basically. If you’re not familiar with what micellar water is, here is a little blurb from PopSugar:
“Micellar waters are different from traditional cleansers that need to be applied and then removed,” explained Jacqueline Flam Stokes, vice president of retail marketing and sales for Avène. You simply pour a little product on a cotton pad, then wipe your skin clean — and it feels delightfully refreshing! For stronger skin-purifying benefits, some micellar waters contain a light surfactant (read: cleansing agent) to break down makeup to make the micelles’ job easier. According to Flam Stokes, adding a surfactant “immediately solubilizes and draws impurities from skin like a magnet.”
According to dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, it all comes down to little molecules called micelles. “Micelles are nano-sized, single-layer fatty bubbles,” explained Dr. Alexiades-Armenakas. “They are able to absorb other fats such as sebum and oils inside.” Consider: though olive oil and balsamic vinegar separate from each other, two oils would blend together. So, by using a lipid to cleanse your skin, the oils on the surface join up and leave you squeaky-clean.
Micellar water has been pretty popular in France for a while, but of course with social media and the interwebs, word spread and now bloggers, beauty enthusiast, skin care professionals, and more are flocking to store shelves to get themselves bottles of this magical cleansing water.
Pretty much all resources suggest that the best way to use it is by saturating a cotton pad, and then wiping it gently over the face. Afterward, you can do the same to the eye area. It is important not to tug at the skin or exert any extra pressure, as the micellar water is formulated to be able to cut through the makeup.
I soaked about 3 cotton pads with the micellar water and went to work on my face. Here, I have a picture of me before, wearing all the products of my every day summer face:
Here is half my face with the makeup taken off, and the other half still with makeup applied:
And here is a picture with everything clean off:
Whatever is in it, it’s not irritating. It didn’t irritate my skin, nor did it leave it dry. My skin is fairly resilient, but Simple is also known for creating skin friendly products. I really love this product, and I think it is going to become a regular part of my skin care routine. I think that Simple has really outdone themselves with this product, and I’m happy that this product is finally stateside.
I highly recommend this product to anyone who wears makeup, especially those lazy girls out there (I have my moments to) who like to go to sleep with their makeup on. Even though I still advocate cleansing after, this is a good product to at least ensure that the real gunky stuff is off of there.
Will I repurchase this? Hell yes!
Have any of you tried micellar water?