For a few years now, I’ve been hearing about how great micellar cleansing waters are for gently removing makeup, but I honestly thought — how? It’s just a bottle of water! Turns out, I’ve been wrong. Professional makeup artists swear by Bioderma Sensibio H2O like crazy, but I refused to buy another expensive makeup remover when there are so many great inexpensive ones out there already. For example, I paid $6.95 for just almost 3.4 oz of Bioderma. (I bought it for the purpose of this review.)
The new Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water just hit my local CVS, and I paid about $9 for 13.5 oz, that’s four times the amount of the Bioderma. So if the Garnier works, we’re talking major savings here.
Okay, so what’s micellar water?
I had to do a little research here, because this was so foreign to me, but I found this great article on Huffington Post that explains it all.
According to board-certified dermatologist Hadley King of Skinney Medspa, micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. “The idea is that micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying out the skin,” she says. Therefore, micellar water can be used as a facial wash, makeup remover and moisturizer all in one. — Huffington Post
Pretty interesting, right? The article also states that micellar waters have been around since the days when traditional plumbing and the water in France was really harsh on the skin. Now, it’s becoming totally mainstream in the U.S. to use them, in fact — kinda trendy — especially now that mass brands are launching their own versions. So I took a challenge for a eight days. For four days, I used the Bioderma version, then for four days I switched solely to the Garnier version. Let’s take a look at the ingredients, then I’ll tell you the results. [Read more…]