NUXE Micellaire aux 3 Roses Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar Water


If, like a lot of people I know, you have wondered how the models on Next Top Model shows and actors who wear a mask every day for shooting a film, and such like, remove the thick layers of face paint every day without harming the delicate epidermis of the skin on the face? Well this is their secret. Micellar water.

At its simplest, a micelle is a microscopic cluster of oil molecules suspended in soft water. The clusters are hydrophobic and oil-loving, therefore grabbing and absorbing dirt and makeup without ever breaking or upsetting the skin's natural lipid barrier, like a foaming or rinsing cleanser would do.

Alcohol and soap free, it can be used as a gentle makeup remover, after-cleansing toner or as a non-rinse cleanser for sensitive skins.

Micelle definition

A micelle is formed when a variety of molecules including soaps and detergents are added to water. The molecule may be a fatty acid, a salt of a fatty acid (soap), phospholipids, or other similar molecules.

The molecule must have a strongly polar 'head' and a non-polar hydrocarbon chain 'tail'. When this type of molecule is added to water, the non-polar tails of the molecules clump into the center of a ball like structure, called a micelle, because they are hydrophobic or 'water hating'.

The polar head of the molecule presents itself for interaction with the water molecules on the outside of the micelle.

This means, in only one gesture, make-up removing micellar water eliminates all the impurities from the face, the eyes and the lips.

Without the addition of paraben or phénoxyéthanol.

How to use micellar water

It can be used in the evening to remove makeup and in the morning to refresh the epidermis.

For effortless makeup removal:

  • soak a cotton ball in micellar water and cleanse your face;
  • continue to sweep the cotton ball over your face until it comes up clean; 
  • do not rinse or follow with toner
  • gently pat your skin dry with a clean cotton towel; 
  • protect your skin with soothing, nourishing and hydrating products.

Micellar water is such a gentle solution that it can even be used on the delicate eye contour area. It will remove every last trace of eye shadow and mascara (except maybe waterproof products!).

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