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Should you rinse off micellar water after each use?
In the time it takes for your bathroom tap to warm up, one swipe of micellar water on a cotton pad would’ve had your waterproof mascara successfully dissolved, leaving you ready to dive into bed.
Or, if you’re doing us really proud, the next step of your skin care routine.
With the texture comparable to a toner, micellar water is often labelled as a ‘no-rinse’ product. But before we take this as gospel, there are a few factors to consider.
While micellar water is effective at removing stubborn makeup and drawing out dirt and oil from our pores, unlike regular cleansers, they can leave residue on the surface.
This means you may just be swishing the dirt around your face, rather than actually cleaning it off, which according to facialist Kate Kerr, “can act like a film, blocking pores and oil, disrupting oil production,” she told Elle UK.
Although a godsend when it comes to removing thick mascara or long-lasting lipsticks that would otherwise have us scrubbing our skin raw, lingering product (particularly on sensitive skin) may trigger irritation or dehydration over time.
“Micellar waters can be great when used as a makeup remover, especially for stubborn heavy eye makeup” Kate shared.
But as the be-all and end-all for a skin care routine? Maybe not so much.
“I would always recommend using a cleanser containing salicylic acid afterwards to ensure the residue left over is fully removed from the skin” she said..
And for those nights where you just can’t rinse off? Don’t fret. Luckily, there are some soothing, mild micellar waters on the market which incorporate a blend of ultra-gentle ingredients to ensure skin is left feeling refreshed and hydrated.
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