Ever since Lisa Eldridge told us that every makeup artist and their granny had been on the ol' Bioderma for years, we've been obsessed with all things micellar. Garnier followed suit shortly afterwards, and more recently came out with more targeted formulations - the one above is Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water, aimed at sensitive/combination skin. I have used the original version of this for a long time with no spot aggravation or skin irritation at all.
What actually is micellar water, I hear you secretly ask? I had no idea, either.
Do not fear. Nothing too weird. Apaz, micelles are molecular aggregations within the solution which act like a magnet, lifting oil, dirt and makeup from the skin without drying it out or leaving a residue. So far, I'm on board.
In practice, this is a makeup remover/first step in a double cleanse/emergency non-face-wipe pre fall-into-bed cleanse. (See my previous post for more skincare tips). Just splash some on a cotton pad and wipe it all over your face and neck. You will be both horrified and amazed in equal parts at what comes off your face with this seemingly benign, watery liquid. Follow on with your favourite balm/oil/more luxurious cleanser, aimed at actually benefiting your skin type, and you've just double cleansed! Woo! That wasn't so bad, was it?!
Honestly, I have noticed no difference using this formula compared to the original Garnier Micellar Water formula - both leave no residue on my skin, and do a good job of getting rid of makeup. For mega eye makeup/lashings of mascara you may need something a bit more heavy duty, but for everyday makeup removal, it's a tall glass of great.
I have to say - I absolutely love this stuff. So convenient, an enormous bottle, and so inexpensive compared to its more famous French counterpart. If you're new to micellar waters, this is a great, affordable option to try!
Keep your eye out for offers at Boots or Feelunique - it is frequently even more of a bargain!
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