What is Micellar Water and Should You Use It?

So what is this Micellar Water that we see everywhere now? When I first heard about it, it was actually my Dad who asked me if I use it. I had never heard of it! Then, of course, I see it everywhere now!

I was at the ESI Spa Show in Vancouver a couple of months ago and I ended up getting a Micellar Foam Cleanser. I absolutely love foam cleansers because I find they clean lashes really well and I personally LOVE bubbles!! When I purchase shampoo, it HAS to have the POO in it because I don’t feel clean if there isn’t. I know it’s a psychological thing, but that’s just how I am. Anywho! The Cleanser I use at home is OleHenriksen Truth Cleanser and I absolutely love it. I recommend it to my clients but I also want to provide a cleanser in the Studio for you dames to take home with you after your lash nap.

Because everyone has different skin types, sensitivities and preferences, variety is key. Not one cleanser is going to be good for everyone. For strictly lashes, Studio Femme carries Sugarlash Pro LashPure Cleanser. Formulated for Eyelash Extensions, and helps with eye health and preventing blepharitis. But for a full face cleanser, enter MICELLAR WATER.

SO WHAT IS IT?

Micellar (pronounced my-sell-er) water is a combination of purified water; hydrating ingredients, such as glycerin; and low concentrations of extremely mild surfactants, according to cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta.

“The molecules of those mild surfactants naturally group together to form microscopic spheres called micelles, which act like magnets for dirt and oil,” Cincotta explains.

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Dr. Katie Beleznay, a dermatologist at Carruthers & Humphrey Cosmetic Dermatology and clinical instructor at the Department of Dermatology at the University of British Columbia, explains that micelles are molecules which group together and attract dirt and oil. ‘When you wipe a cotton ball soaked with micellar water along your face, the micelles adhere to the cotton while pulling makeup, sebum, and other impurities off the skin,’ she says. Notably, micellar water won’t dry out your skin like traditional foaming face soap, and it doesn’t include any harsh cleansing agents that you need to rinse off either.” - www.chatelaine.com

WHY IS IT SO POPULAR?

It’s lauded as a one-stop shop that both removes makeup and cleanses — without the need to add water. The product was traditionally popular with French women, who began using it in the 1900s before tap water was easily accessible. “Micellar formulas are gentle so there’s no need to rinse them off, allowing the moisturizing ingredients to stay behind and be absorbed by the skin,” says Beleznay. (Which is why it won’t dry out your skin.) As a result, makeup artists elsewhere came to love it because it’s quick. Other users love it because it cleanses with the consistency of water. “Oftentimes people who like it just dislike the feeling of residue on their skin or are afraid of being oily,” says makeup artist Christine Jairamsingh. (source)

SHOULD YOU USE IT?

At the ESI Spa Show I took several classes and one of the them was about Sensitive Skin. I learned about PH levels and how they affect your skin DRASTICALLY. When PH is off balance, it can wreak havoc on your health causing sensitivities and aggravating skin disorders such as rosacea, acne rosacea and even blepharitis! So you should be using something that will balance your PH. The Nelly Devuyst Bio | Organic Skin Care Line really appealed to me because of the many women who have come into my studio with sensitive skin and often have a hard time finding skin care that works.

“The Micellar Foam BioTense is the perfect alternative to the “cleansing milk + toner” duo. Ideal for people on-the-go looking for efficiency and simplicity in their skin care routine. Composed of micelles, this dual solution effectively cleanses and easily removes excessive sebum, make-up and pollution while respecting the skin’s physiological pH.” -

Now that’s speaking my language! Quick, efficient, simple and respects PH.

Are you sold yet?? Purchase one of these babies at Studio Femme for $62 +tax. Located in Historic Downtown Abbotsford, a hip little street filled with shops, cafes and sites to see.

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xxoo

Jaclyn

The Lash + Brow Connoisseur