The Future of Micellar Cleansers

A few years ago the must have product was Micellar Water - namely Bioderma Sensibio H20. A cleansing water that turned the beauty world onto its head and caused sheer pandemonium - back them importing it from France was the only real option and it didn't come cheap. Now every skin care brand and their dog has some form of Micellar Water, in fact some companies are taking the trend further and offering up other cleansing options boasting micelle technology.

The Future of Micellar Cleansers

As I am not a skin care expert nor a scientist (my school reports are a painful reminder of this fact), I can only offer the bare bones of a scientific explanation in regards to micelle chemistry. Apparently (all in laymen's terms of course) micelle is the term for a spherical liquid crystal - they are too small to see within products but they do enclose water within and are fairly common place within skincare. Now before I lose myself, I'm told the real reason so many brands are turning to micelle technology is because they are great at deactivating irritating ingredients. In a nutshell they offer a gentle approach to cleansing and can prevent irritation. 

The Future of Micellar Cleansers

Painful science lesson over, let me share three new innovative Micellar based cleansers that offer a tender yet effective slant on traditional cleansing:

Superdrug Micellar Cleansing Facial Wipes (£1.29/30 wipes) - Yes, yes we all know that in the long run cleansing wipes aren't all that great for your skin but every now and then they are a necessity. With festival season and summer fully in swing you may need a pack of facial wipes to refresh and cleanse? Well they don't come much more gentler than Superdrug Micellar Cleansing Facial Wipes. A large and super wet wipe, that glides over both the face and eyes quickly removing all traces of make-up and general grime. The Superdrug Micellar Cleansing Facial Wipes are also one of the few finds of this type that do not sting or dry out my skin - after use there is no redness or irritation, as a matter of a fact my skin feels refreshed and softened. At just £1.29 a pack they more than come in handy when in a pinch and may well become a Summer skin care staple.

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Micellar Make-Up Removal Gel (£12.50/200ml) - If ever a cleanser was designed for the warmer weather it is this. La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Micellar Make-Up Removal Gel is of course a gel based cleanser but what sets it aside from the rest is the skin cooling technology. The idea is that upon application it cools, calms and reduces any visible signs of redness - on the skin it feels nothing short of heavenly, perfectly refreshing and ideal for both morning and evening use. La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Micellar Make-Up Removal Gel quickly melts off even the heaviest of make-up (foundation and waterproof mascara included) without stripping the skin. I would recommend to all - redness or not. This is the cleanser I will be packing for my travels later this Summer, mainly for the cooling properties but also because in general it is a great, suit all make-up remover.

Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil  (£13.25/125ml) - Perhaps the most luxurious micellar based cleanser I have used, despite costing just over £13 this could and does rival many other pricey oil based make-up removers. Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil is a light, highly nourishing oil that has been formulated to not only remove all traces of the day (make-up included), while helping to rebalance the complexion.  Not only does this remove impurities such as excess sebum but also dead skin cells in one swift swoop and can be used on the delicate eye area. Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil contains Camelia Oil to moisturises and soften, combined with Vitamin E to provide antioxidant protection against the elements. It is one of the few cleansing oils that will benefit all skin concerns - oily and dry. I can not recommend it enough, I'm already on my second bottle since its launch a few months ago.

It will be interesting to see where micellar based products will go next, I have yet to stumble across a stand alone eye-make up remover within this category? Maybe that is the future or I simply have not been looking in the correct places? What are your thoughts on this genre of skin care?

- This post contains both press samples and items I have purchased myself.