A big buzz word in skin care in recent years has been “micellar water,” but what exactly is micellar water? It’s a cleaner commonly used to remove makeup and other skin impurities thanks to micelles, which are compounds that are highly effective at eliminating dirt and oils to help keep skin clear. It doesn’t require any rinsing, which prevents over drying, and it can be used on almost all skin types. There are lots of different micellar waters out there, and these are four of the best. —Jennifer Cox
Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 (sold through Amazon, $9) has Vitamin C for added nutrients and good-care. This micellar water removes make-up and cleanses while brightening your overall complexion. It works especially well with dull or sensitive skin. It also contains no alcohol, perfume, or oils.
The Micellar Water from Clé de Peau ($75) effectively removes makeup and tones in a single step to leave skin refreshed and supple. It gently and effectively removes long-wear formulas as well as various pollutants, and nourishes with hydrating rosemary-infused water to maintain skin’s moisture balance for six hours. It also promotes skin resilience and defense against external aggressors with antioxidant-rich Starfruit extract, harnessing the power of micellar technology and instantly binding to impurities and makeup for all-day clean skin.
Purifying Micellar Water from Laura Mercier ($30) is a water-based cleanser that is naturally infused with vitamins and amino acids, from waterlily to noni leaf extract, to purify and reinvigorate skin by locking in moisture and dissolving dirt as well as makeup (even waterproof makeup!). It leaves skin feeling soft, nourished, and hydrated.
NARS’ Makeup Removing Water ($38) gently lifts makeup with a unique gel-texture to cleanse and refresh in one quick step. It is kind to skin as it requires no harsh rubbing or rinsing, helping to seal in moisture and repair dry, painful skin.