As most dermatologists will tell you, simple is better when it comes to effective skin care. Harsh exfoliants and moisture-stripping ingredients, especially when formulated into cleansers, do much more harm than good. Although its simplicity almost seems gimmicky, micellar water facial cleansers are not only a hot trend in beauty, they’re also extremely gentle and effective.
Functioning as an all-in-one product — cleanser, makeup remover, toner, moisturizer — micellar waters are made of nothing more than water and tiny oil molecules called “micelles.” When applied to the skin with a soft cotton pad, these micelle molecules absorb and surround makeup and surface impurities, whisking them away cleanly and efficiently. Best of all, nearly every skin type can benefit from the gentle cleansing of micellar water.
No matter your budget or your skin’s needs, you’ll love the effects of these top 6 micellar water picks below.
1. Bioderma Crealine Micelle Solution
A longtime cult favorite in France, this micellar solution is gentle and extremely effective at removing makeup — including water-resistant mascara.
2. Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
Ringing in at less than $10, this cleansing water removes impurities, boosts hydration and keeps you beautiful on any budget.
3. Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water
Infused with plant-derived HydroSenn+, Sephora’s micellar cleanser is proven to moisturize better than hyaluronic acid and is suitable for anyone with sensitive skin and sensitive eyes.
4. Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water
Formulated for the most hypersensitive skins, Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear gets rave reviews from all users, including those who consider themselves extremely acne-prone.
5. Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar Cleanser
Another budget-friendly micellar cleansing option, this product includes natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) from the hibiscus flower to exfoliate for brighter, clearer skin.
6. La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution
Once available only in Europe, this respected, beloved micellar water cleanser is finally widely available in the U.S. A cleanser, toner and moisturizer in one gentle product, this solution is perfect for every skin type.