Micellar Water AKA The Best Way to Remove Makeup Without Irritating Your Skin

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After an eight-hour work shift or a heavy night out with friends, I'm sure you'd all agree that as soon as you step foot in your home, you usually don't want anything to come between you and your bed. Typically, the one thing we all dread doing is removing our makeup, because honestly most of the time we're either too drained or too drunk to do so.

However, sleeping with makeup on should never be an option  yes, one could consider it as a cheat way to wake up with an overnight smudged smoky eye, but your skin will literally resent you afterwards. And if you think simply rubbing your face with a cleansing wipe is all it takes to clear up your makeup, you're seriously wrong. There are actually 'correct' or 'recommended' ways to cleanse all those layers of foundation, concealer, mascara and eye shadow...

You’ll need:
  • Cotton pads
  • Cotton swabs
  • Micellar cleansing water
Why are micellar solutions best to use when removing makeup?

Micellar solutions are best for women and men with sensitive skin. They consist of non-irritating ingredients that don’t aggravate your skin. The term 'micellar' derives from micelles, which are 'microscopic oil spheres', according to Marieclaire.co.uk. These are found in all micellar solutions and act a lot like magnets  capturing, absorbing and wiping away makeup without stripping your skin’s natural oils. I used to remove my makeup with wipes but then I noticed that they'd leave my skin feeling dry, tight and weirdly itchy, which is why I consequently made the switch to micellar solutions. They're as light and smooth as water and they really do leave your skin feeling soft, dewy and hydrated after use.

Another factor that makes micellar waters suitable for all skin types is that they don't include added fragrances or alcohol, which are well-known skin irritants that can often kickstart potential breakouts. Also, micellar waters don't require additional rinsing or scrubbing, so essentially they're made to sustain moisture, and to be gentle and soothing on the skin.

Two that are currently in my makeup kit are: L'Oreal's Skin Perfection Micellar Water and Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water  both available at Clicks. As more and more brands have jumped onto the micellar water trend, I've noticed that quite a lot of them have made these solutions accessible for incredibly high retail prices, making micellar water appear more as a luxury for beauty buyers. But thanks to cosmetics brands like L'Oreal and Garnier, everyone can now enjoy the benefits of micellar water without denting their wallets; as both brands have recently launched their own solutions to the masses, retailing at more affordable prices.

L'Oreal's Skin Perfection Micellar Water is R99.95 at Clicks.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is R79.99 for 400ml at Clicks.

The best way to...

Remove lipstick...

  • Fold a cotton pad in half and soak one side with cleansing water.
  • Then press the damp side onto the right corner of your bottom lip.
  • Drag the cotton pad across to the opposite corner, and you’ll see how easily your lipstick wipes off.
  • Repeat this on your top lip.
Remove eye makeup...

  • Dampen a cotton pad with cleansing water.
  • Press the entire pad against your eye lid for at least 15 seconds. (During this time the solution will soak up all makeup on the eye).
  • After 15 seconds, slide the cotton pad outwards, instead of lifting it up, to completely wipe away any leftover eye makeup.
Remove your cat's eye...

  • Soak a cotton swab in cleansing water.
  • Instead of rubbing it across the eye line, rather roll the swab over your liner repeatedly, until it completely fades away.
Remove foundation... 
  • Soak a cotton pad with cleansing water.
  • Then rub the pad in circular motions around the jawline, cheekbone area, temples and on the forehead.
  • Soak a new cotton pad and sweep it along the t-zone to remove makeup and excess oil build-up.
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