Sunday, 15 December 2013

(Micellar) Water Over Wipes

Ever since buying and trying my first ever micellar water - the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution - I can now say I completely understand the micellar water hype for removing makeup. It makes me wonder why I bothered using face wipes for so long (I have used other liquid makeup removers, but I'd always have a pack of wipes handy too)! I never ever relied on face wipes for anything but removing makeup (mainly eye makeup) and would always double cleanse afterwards. Now my half full pack of Tesco Cleansing Facial Wipes are sat in my bedside drawer redundant. 


So why am I liking micellar water so much? First of all I love the formula; micellar waters contain little molecules of oil suspended in water, which are designed to "pick up" and dissolve particles of dirt and makeup. I've only ever tried the L'Oreal Micellar Solution, but it's just so good at removing makeup. L'Oreal say that "this solution feels as gentle as water on your skin but acts like makeup remover, toner and skin soother all in one". It barely contains any ingredients, none of which are alcohol or perfume. The main ingredient is water, but it also contains Glycerin, which is known for its moisturising properties. The solution is gentle on my skin and it lifts the makeup off my face swiftly and easily, no rubbing or dragging of the skin necessary. (Of course you do have to hold the cotton pad on your eyes for a little while to remove mascara.) Plus they leave no horrible residue behind and do not dry out my skin at all. Micellar waters are so effective that they can be used as your first cleanse and although I generally prefer to wash my face twice, I will use the L'Oreal Micellar Solution as a first cleanse when I'm in a rush or feeling really tired.

In comparison, I find that face wipes take a lot more effort to remove makeup, especially around the eyes. I just feel like wipes remove some of my makeup and then move the rest around my face, leaving a wet and almost slimy film with it too. The Tesco Cleansing Facial Wipes I've used do not contain alcohol, but I know many do, which is only going to dry out your skin. I think the other thing that annoys me is how they're packaged - if you don't pop the little cover over properly they'll dry out really quickly and surely if the air can get to them it's just inviting bacteria in to breed among the layers of wipes? *shudder*

I'm a little late to the micellar water party but I'm certainly enjoying it now I'm here! Are you a micellar water fan? Have you given up facial wipes yet?

Beauty Bird xx



  
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  1. L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution is the first Micellar water I tried ass well - it's a great product and well priced too!

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    1. It would be nice to try Bioderma one day but I'm pretty happy with L'Oreal right now :-) xx

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  2. I definitely prefer Micellar water!

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    1. It's such a no brainer for me now!xx

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  3. Love them as well! I use Bioderma as for whatever reason the L'Oreal one hasn't shown up in any of the drugstores I've been to

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    1. Ah that's a shame! It would be interesting to compare the two xx

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  4. I've never been a wipes fan and always use micellar and proper make-up removers now, they just do the job so much better! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. I can't believe it took me so long to try micellar water - perhaps I just thought they were overhyped xx

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  5. Sounds like a perfect product for a sensitive face. Thank you for sharing your honest opinion.

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    1. You're welcome! Thank you for your comment :-) xx

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  6. Great alternative if you haven't worn a lot of make up, but also if your cream cleanser hasn't got everything off. I've got the b.skincare (Superdrug) which is really good.

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    1. I haven't read much on that one, will have to check it out! xx

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