Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water ($8) is a waterless cleanser designed to completely remove makeup, dirt, and impurities from skin without stripping it of its natural oils. The technology behind this is pretty interesting: suspended inside the water are microscopic fat-based molecules called micelles. Being a fat themselves, the micelles absorb other fats (oils) on your skin and whisk it away, along with all the other potential gunk that’s clogging your pores (makeup, dirt, etc.).
To me, this stuff is like a magic potion in a bottle. Sometimes I can be super lazy about washing my face at the end of a long day. I occasionally rely on makeup removing wipes to clean my face at night, and this was a great alternative for me. All you do is wet a cotton pad/ball with this cleanser, swipe it over your skin, and you’re done. You don’t wash anything off, and there’s no water involved. It’s so effortless, compared to actually washing my face. Same outcome with less work? I’ll take it.
It’s also amazing for use in the morning. After I’ve applied a lot of skincare products that have sunk into my skin all night long, this is amazing for giving me a clean complexion free of product buildup.
And my skin feels great after I use it! It feels like I’ve cleansed and toned, but with only one product and about 10 seconds of actual time spent on my face. I honestly don’t know how I lived without this stuff; this will be holding a permanent place on my vanity for a long time.
This is also a pretty good deal, as you get 13.5 fl. oz. of product for under $10.
If you’re interested in trying a micellar water without spending too much, this is a great option that you can find at most drugstores. Another version is Simple Micellar Cleansing Water ($7), which I also tried and liked. They are both very similar, but I just felt that the Garnier version left my skin with a more refreshed feeling after use.
Have you ever tried a micellar water? Does it work with your skincare regimen?