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DAILY WISDOM: TRY MICELLAR WATER

It can act as a three-in-one skincare product.

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TODAY'S TOPIC: CERTAIN SKIN TYPES MAY BENEFIT MORE FROM THIS TRENDING WASH

THE SCIENCE

Beauty experts are talking about micellar water as an ideal alternative to the typical skincare routine, since it promises to act as a makeup remover, skin cleanser, and moisturizer.


EXPERT INSIGHT

"Micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water," says Hadley King, M.D. a dermatologist at Skinney Medspa in New York. The idea is that micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying out the skin. Micellar water can therefore be used simultaneously as a facial wash, makeup remover, and moisturizer. However, “very oily and acne-prone skin types may benefit from slightly more drying cleansers, or ones with active ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid," notes King. Heavy makeup users can also benefit from the hydrating effects of micellar water but King suggests using a waterproof makeup remover or washing the face with a creamy cleanser first.

THE BOTTOM LINE

"Dry and sensitive skin types may benefit most from micellar water because it is so gentle and hydrating," says King. "A typical foamy wash can strip the skin and leave behind harsh chemicals, further drying out skin. And unlike many toners, micellar water does not contain alcohol and never stings." King recommends La Roche Posay's Micellar Water Ultra and Simple's Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes.