By Arshi Siddique
What the heck is a micellar solution? I’m pretty sure this question might have popped up in your mind just at the glimpse of the title. Well, I’m not going into the scientific details of micellar water but giving you just a gist of it. A micellar water is a water-like cleansing solution which effectively eats up the dirt, makeup and other impurities sitting on your skin, removing them away gently without the need to rinse with water. So ideally, it can be used either as a makeup remover, a cleanser or a toner.
About La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution:
For gentle cleansing without water. 3-in-1: cleanser, toner, make-up remover. With breakthrough technology: Micelles – micro-encapsulates dirt on skin’s surface and lift it up without rubbing, thereby maintaining skin’s physiological balance. Made with antioxidant La Roche-Posay thermal spring water to strengthen skin’s natural defenses. Physiological pH. Soap-free. Alcohol-free. Paraben-free. Safe for sensitive skin.
Poloxamer: Mild cleanser used in contact lens solutions.
Micelles: Micro-encapsulate dirt and lifts away without rubbing.
Wipe-Off Formula: Wipes off with a cotton pad.
Ingredients: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Poloxamer 184, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Dihydrocholeth 30, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Fragrance (Parfum).
How to use: Apply with cotton pad. No need to rinse.
Price: $18-$20 for 200ml of the product. Price may vary according to the store.
My experience with La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution:
Before laying my hands on this product, I had read a lot of articles on the benefits of micellar water and how excellently it works at removing skin impurities and makeup. So I had really high hopes from this one.
Packaging: It comes in a tall transparent plastic bottle with a flip-top cap; simple yet functional packaging. It does not spill or leak during travelling.
La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution looks and feels exactly like water with the exception that this smells heavenly, very fresh and invigorating fragrance though not strong.
Cleanser, toner and makeup remover; I’ve tried La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution in all the three ways and for me this works well as a toner. I just dab it with a cotton pad after cleansing and it makes my skin feel fresh, soft and hydrated. Like many other micellar waters available, I was expecting it to remove makeup in a breeze – like one swipe and whoosh! All gone! But no, it doesn’t do that. Actually it is very gentle and mild that you will need multiple swipes to remove makeup – especially waterproof. It is devoid of any sulfates, surfactants or alcohol, making it most suitable for sensitive skin types.
On lazy days, when I’m not wearing any makeup, I use it as a cleanser and it works well in drawing out dirt from the skin. I have oily skin and I love the fact that it leaves my skin rightly balanced – neither tight nor stretchy and there wasn’t any oily residue left behind.
What I like about La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution:
- The fragrance!
- Travel friendly packaging.
- Did not break me out.
- Contains La Roche –Posay thermal spring water.
- Works as a mild cleanser and a toner.
- Does not sting the eyes.
- Does not contain sulfates, parabens or alcohol.
What I dislike about La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution:
- Doesn’t remove makeup easily and completely.
- Won’t help you with any pore-related issue.
Final Thoughts: I was really expecting La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution to work as an excellent makeup remover but it didn’t work for me in that aspect. People with sensitive skin and who wear minimal makeup may like it more. I’m still on the hunt to find the best micellar water for my skin type.
Have you tried La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution?
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