Miceller Water vs Skin Cleansers: The Better Choice


Miceller Water vs Skin Cleansers: The Better Choice

Micellar Water? What on earth is that? Yeah, even a few days back I used to think this way. So for women who aren’t still that aware of this product, this post is for you all.

Miceller Water has become a trend in makeup removing products. Micellar water is growing in popularity and lately I see a lot of brands coming out with their own Miceller water.

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What exactly is this Miceller Water?

Originating in France, micellar water gained its name because of the micelles oil molecules in its water-like formula of ingredients. When applied to the skin, these molecules latch onto the dirt, make-up and other impurities sitting on your skin, removing them in an effective and gentle matter.

Miceller Water vs Skin cleansers

It is not a toner, it is not a cleansing lotion and it is definitely not a face wash. But Miceller water excels at cleansing the skin, feels and looks like a toner and also leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated. All what maximum skin cleansers don’t do. Three-in-one formulas, they require no rinse and thus are perfect for travelling and night outs. Moreover, micellar waters are free of soap and alcohol and thus they are a gentler alternative to your harsh, full of chemical skin cleansers. According to Dr. Quynh Sebastian, The cleansers available in the market are great at cleaning the skin, but they extract lipids and strip the skin’s moisture barrier, leading to redness, irritation and discomfort, whereas miceller cleansers are more mild and perfect for those with rosacea or sensitive skin.

The added benefit is that they do not need to be rinsed off; rather, they can be applied with a cotton pad and simply wiped over the skin. I recommend following up with a corrective cream like tretinoin or tazarotene. So don’t buy into the hype that they can replace your whole skin care routine, and certainly not at night.

How to use

It is designed to be swept away with a cotton pad rather than rinsed off. Thus, just soak a cotton ball with a little miceller water and sweep it across your whole face to remove your makeup. Concentrate on your eye and lip areas. The tiny micelle particles draw make-up, including every trace of your waterproof mascara, liner and super matte lipsticks, dirt, grime, sebum and other impurities from the skin. There is no need to rinse afterwards. Just enjoy the clean, fresh feel and look it gives.

Suitable for what skin types?

Micellar cleansing water is especially suitable for all skin types. There are many varieties available in the market, including formulations for oily, dry or sensitive skins.

Some of the best Miceller Water available in the market

Biotherm Biosource Eau Micellaire Total & Instant Cleansing Water

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New BIOSOURCE Total and Instant Cleansing Micellar Water provides a comprehensive cleansing and makeup-removing application experience combining time-saving efficacy and a gentle solution. In a single gesture, this solution fully cleanses the skin, even sensitive ones.

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water is an all-in-one make-up remover that harnesses the active cleansing principles of micells to capture and remove excess sebum, impurities and make-up without the need for rubbing. Suitable for all skin types, the formula cleanses the face, eyes and lips while moisturising the skin, delivering a refreshed and nourished complexion.

Vichy Normaderm 3-In-1 Micellar Solution

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For men and women of all ages with sensitive skin who want to cleanse, remove makeup and purify their skin without rinsing. Vichy’s Normaderm range treats blemish-prone skin without stripping it, and the Normaderm Micellar Solution 3-In-1 is one of its hero products. Great for acne-prone skin, it sweeps away dirt, sebum and make-up and soothes with Vichy Thermal Spa Water.

La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution

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Cleanses, tones and soothes skin, while respecting its physiological balance. With dirt-encapsulating micelles to cleanse while respecting skin’s natural physiological balance. A gentle, mildly scented texture that wipes off with a cotton pad. Use as a 3-in-1 no-rinse solution: cleanses, tones and removes make-up.


A favourite of models and makeup artists worldwide, it is widely available in the market outside India and you are sure to find a bottle sitting in every single beauty lover’s dressing shelf. The Bioderma sensibio H20 is available online in India too. So what are you waiting for? Add the convenience of a one-step cleansing process in your skincare routine today.

What is your choice between Miceller Water and Skin Cleansers?

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  1. I’ve used both cleansers and the micellar water and would say that I’ll definitely go for the latter… Saying that I’ve used only the bioderma sensibo and Vichy one… Though recently I saw Vivel launched their own miceller water and that too on a budget… Good review dear…


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