The Gentle Micellar Waters That Really Work
The Gentle Micellar Waters That Really Work

The Gentle Micellar Waters That Really Work

Micellar water isn’t just an easy way to remove a face full of make-up in seconds – it can also lift away impurities, excess oils, pollutants and dead skin cells. Fancy a gentler, lighter alternative to traditional cleansers or make-up removers? Here are the ones we rate…
By Sapna Rao

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Micellar Water, £32 | Verso

Best For: Anti-Ageing Properties 

Innovatively formulated with spherical molecules that act like magnets, this micellar water removes all unwanted pollutants from the surface of the skin. The formula is also enriched with niacinamide and anti-inflammatory turmeric to soothe any irritation, while your complexion looks brighter and smoother post-use. The best bit? It also works to turn back the clock by firming and smoothing fine lines over time.

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E-Rase Milki Micellar Water, £25 | Drunk Elephant

Best For: Enhancing Moisture  

After whisking away make-up, dirt and any lingering pollutants, this ultra-nourishing formula goes deeper to purge the skin of impurities and hydrate the delicate skin barrier. Impurity-capturing surfactants and emollients work together with a plant-derived tri-ceramide complex to flood the skin with moisture, in turn balancing and protecting the skin’s barrier to keep your complexion plump, soft and glowing.

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Vinoclean Micellar Cleansing Water, £15 | Caudalie

 Best For: Natural Ingredients 

When it comes to sensitive skin, a gentle and naturally derived formula is guaranteed to keep irritation at bay. Caudalie’s 98% natural origin derived micellar water removes make-up, while its organic grape water-infused formula hydrates and soothes. A fresh and fragrant blend of mandarin tree blossom, lemon leaf, watermelon and fresh mint gives off an indulgent spa-like scent.

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Micellar Cleansing Water, £8 (was £10) | CeraVe

Best For: Affordability  

SL readers will know how much we rate CeraVe and its range of simple, ‘do-what-they-say’ products. This micellar water is designed to support and strengthen the skin barrier by incorporating three essential ceramides. By encouraging the skin to hold moisture for longer, it enhances the look of a fresher, more hydrated complexion overall.

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Cleansing Micellar Water, £27 | Elemis

Best For: Multi-Use 

This easy-to-use spray-bottle micellar water removes make-up but can also be used to freshen up your skin on the go. Rosehip seed oil, apple amino acids, organic English rose water and soap nut come together in this luxurious blend – which is designed to support long-term hydration, making it great for dry skin types.

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Pure Arctic Miracle Micellar Water, £12 | Lumene

Best For: Hydration  

Gentle but thorough, this whisks away even the toughest of waterproof mascaras to leave behind a fresher and cleaner-looking face. Meanwhile, Nordic birch sap moisturises and rebalances the skin at a time when it can feel slightly stripped – simply apply to a cotton pad and sweep across the face, eyes and neck to cleanse and refresh.

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Micellar Water Facial Cleanser, £5.99 | Garnier

Best For: Cult Favourite Status 

There’s a reason this is such a cult product. Probably the most popular micellar water out there, Garnier’s is affordable and gentle, actively encouraging better glow as it cleanses. Plus, it’s multi-purpose – use it as a make-up remover at the end of the day or to just to freshen up skin when it needs a boost. We love using it as a quick morning cleanse, too.

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