If you're looking for an easy, gentle way to remove makeup and dirt from your face that won't damage your skin, then micellar water could be for you! Made popular in recent years thanks to its effortless cleansing abilities, micellar water uses tiny balls of cleansing oil (micelles) suspended in soft water to remove your makeup at the end of the day. It delivers a softer and more sensitive cleansing routine, and can act as a face wash, makeup remover and moisturizer all in one! But how does it work? And is it better for sensitive skin?
What is Micellar Water?
Micellar water consists of two main ingredients; water and surfactants. Surfactants are compounds which lower the surface tension between two liquids. By doing this, it means you can blend water and oil, which would otherwise repel each other.
Surfactants are made up of two parts. The 'head' of the surfactant is hydrophilic which means it attracts water, and the 'tail' is hydrophobic meaning it attracts oil. Adding surfactants to a mix of oil and water means it will stop the two from repelling each other, and they'll mix.
Think of it like washing up liquid. When washing oily pans with water you need to use washing up liquid as a surfactant. This means you can lift the oil off the pans into the water to wash it away.
The way micellar works is similar to washing up liquid, but obviously gentler on your skin! Cotton pads are made of cellulose which means the head of the surfactant will stick like a magnet. When it comes into contact with the oils and dirt on your face and in your makeup, the tail of the surfactant will pick them up and allow the soft water to wipe it away.
This means using micellar water is as effective as using soap and water, but there's no need to wash it off. Micellar water is also much less abrasive on the skin, and won't leave any harsh chemicals that will lead to the dehydration (and eventually aging) of the skin! Wait? Does that mean micellar water can help you look younger? Well, effectively, yes!! By cleansing your face daily with an effective product, you can help keep your skin healthy and the rate of aging reduced.
What Products Should I Use Along-Side Micellar Water?
Micellar water works by washing the oils, dirt and makeup from your face, and while it remains gentle on your skin, it's important to replace some of those oils and rehydrate your skin afterwards. Often, even though micellar water isn't harsh on your face, it can feel tight straight after use as your skin has yet to replace the sebum that's been cleansed away, which is why it's important to moisturize your skin directly after cleansing.
Encouraging cell turnover and higher collagen production will help prevent your skin from prematurely aging. By using skincare boosted with stem cells, you can diminish fine lines, wrinkles and dryness. At Cel, we've been able to ultilize Stem Cell Technology for home-use, enabling you to boost your skins collagen and youthful glow from the comfort of your own home!
As we age, the quickest areas to get wrinkles and lose their plumpness is around the eyes and the neck area, which is why these areas need to be targeted as you moisturize. Around your eye area, the skin remains incredibly delicate due to the lack of collagen and high sensitivity, so using our specific Eye Serum means you can ensure this area is tighter, firmer and more youthful than ever, encouraging more collagen and cell turnover.
The area around our neck is also surprisingly an area that ages much quicker than anywhere else. This is because the muscle is further away from the skin's surface, making it saggier than the rest of your face. For this area, we created our Neck and Décolletage Cream which works to encourage the collagen in your skin to ensure it remains tight and plump! Because there are also fewer sebaceous glands on our neck, it's incredibly important to keep it moisturized, too.
If you're after a gentle cleanser that can actually help keep your skin healthy, then micellar water is for you! Some surfactants in cleansers can be irritating as they can pull proteins from your skin, breaking down the protective layer. Typical face washes will also leave behind harsh chemicals on your skin and dry it out, and unlike some toners and cleansers, micellar water doesn't contain alcohol. All of this totals in a kinder, healthier way to clean your face, and a better chance of that youthful glow sticking around!
Although for some people with really sensitive skin, even micellar water can be too harsh. If your skin feels tight, dry or itchy after taking your makeup off using micellar water, simply wash off the remains with fresh water or a wet towel.