I used to have to remind my kiddo when he was off to the bathroom to wash his hands and face “and use soap,” followed by “water alone is not going to get the job done.” Seems I may have been wrong.

Enter Micellar Water. Micellar Water is soft water, with tiny bubbles of cleansing oil molecules suspended within (micelles). The micelles grab the impurities on the surface of the skin and clean them away, leaving neither a dry, tight feeling nor greasy appearance.

The best way to use this magical cleanser is with a cotton ball or pad, and then no rinse is necessary. And it not only cleanses but also removes most eye make-up, too. I have been using this product nightly, and I must add that mascara can take a bit more product and time to thoroughly remove, but it does get it all.

Because there is no need to rinse, this is a great cleanser to take on the road. It’s perfect for a make-up artist’s kit, or if your husband said you were camping and you swore he said glamping. And you may find that you do not need to follow with moisturizer. Also, all skin types do well using this product, but here are some caveats:

  • Oily skin: You may prefer to use it to remove all surface dirt and make-up and either rinse or follow with your fave cleanser.
  • Normal skin: Use as described on packaging.
  • Dry: You, like me, may choose to follow with some added moisture.

This product is appropriate for sensitive and acne-prone skin, too!

La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, 6.7 fl oz, $21

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, 6.7 fl oz, $7

Bioderma Crealine H2O,13.5 fl oz, $28

Avene Micellar cleanser, 13.5 fl oz, $32

Micellar Water is readily available in both drug stores and high-end skin care boutiques. (After all it was conceived long ago—by the French in 1913.) It’s reasonably priced, ranging from $7-$40, and as it has been my experience, it lasts a good long time.

So go ahead and wash your face without soap! I won’t tell your mother.


Author: Sheryl Penotti

Sheryl has worked as a professional make up artist for more than 20 years. She has worked with sought after photographers like Patrick Demarchelier, Mark Seliger, Glen Luchford and Robert Altman. She keyed shows during NY fashion week and while she began her career in NYC, she now resides and works in LA. Over the last years she has transitioned her work to private clients, after realizing how much she enjoyed the relationships with her clients. Her mission: To empower women. To make them feel special and look beautiful. To share with women the tools and skills that I’ve had the fortune and privilege to learn during my 20 plus years in the fashion and beauty world. View all posts by Sheryl Penotti

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