Question is: Do you know what it actually is? Don't worry—not many do.
Micellar water is made of tiny cleansing oil molecules called micelles. These little babies are suspended in soft water, just hanging out until they meet dirt and oil. It just happens that micelles are attracted to these impurities and draw them out of your skin. Think: a magnet that sucks up makeup residue and atmospheric pollutants. Bonus: You don't even have to wash your face after. The cleansing water dissolves impurities while hydrating your skin. Miracle product? We think so.
The main drawback? On its own, micellar water won't completely remove makeup, which is why many brands have started combining these magic molecules with formulas that will break down even yesterday's waterproof mascara. Most micellar water are oil-free and don't require any additional water (lazy folks, rejoice!), but some are oil based and do require a rinse after.
Which ones work the best? Shop our favorites below.
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Micellar Cleanser, $31
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes, $5.97
Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleasing Water, $39
The orange and lemon blossom, watermelon and mint scent leaves a lasting impression.
Decleor Aroma Cleanse Micellar Oil, $36
La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra, 19.99
L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water, $9.99
Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Micellar Cleansing Water, $6.99