The Micellar Waters That My Dry and Sensitive Skin Loves

Say hello to flake-free and perfect-cleansed skin...

It seems like this magic French water has become a trend lately, and both drugstore and high-end brands are jumping on the bandwagon to crank it out. Personally, micellar water is my most favorite cleansing product for my makeup-removing routine. Simply because it's basically water, but acts like no regular water. Like water, it's super gentle and hydrating, so it won't irritate my dry and sensitive skin. It's also easy to use, just squirt some on a cotton pad and rub it over the face. The same thing too acts powerfully to wipe off dirt, oil, and makeup. That's why micellar water is like the holy grail to my daily skincare routine.

Talk about "favorite", I have some suggestions on the best micellar waters for super dry and sensitive skin like mine. I've been using micellar waters for around two years and I've experienced some hit and miss: from dry and itchy skin to perfect double-cleansed and hydrated skin. And these are the best ones so far, mostly affordable and coming from much-loved brands like Bioderma and Garnier. Also, the most important thing: you don't need to book a flight to France just to stock up on them..


Micellar Waters for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution. I mean, if we're going to talk about micellar water, I have to include this one. I call it the original micellar water. It's fragrance-free, easily getting every bit of makeup off of my face, no fuss and scrubbing needed... This product surely sets a high standard for micellar waters. I always go for it whenever I come home late and need to wipe off my makeup—either heavy or daily—quickly before I crash the bed. Sadly, the price range for Bioderma micellar waters is holy guacamole. I mean, no s#!t, Rp 219k ($16) for the small 250 ml? It's worth the price, but definitely not something that's worth to be used daily.

Corine de Farme Purity Micellar Water. I stumbled upon this when I was starting to be bothered by the price range of Bioderma micellar waters. Well, I can purchase the 500 ml (the biggest one) of Corine de Farme micellar water at around the same price of the 250 ml Bioderma. And both brands offer the same great products! The Corine de Farme formula is pretty much similar with the Bioderma. It can remove dirt and makeup as clean as the Bioderma one, and also doesn't leave the skin dry or sticky. However, the Corine de Farme micellar water has subtle floral scent, which actually refreshing. It also comes in a lock-able pump bottle that I really like, better than the regular cap bottled Bioderma.


Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. This one also can be categorized as the cheapest dupe of the Bioderma micellar water. It gets all the makeup off of my face just as easy and doesn't irritate the skin. My dry skin doesn't feel dry or greasy after using this product, and the most important thing is... my wallet loves it too! Since it's extremely economical, I use this product almost every day for removing my daily makeup. However, the Garnier micellar water is slightly lighter than the Bioderma one, so it would take more product to wipe off heavy makeup than the Bioderma. The thing that I hate is the packaging, which comes with a regular cap and not travel-friendly since the bottle is bulky.

Nivea Make Up Clear Micellar Water. Among all the products I've mentioned, this one is the most gentle micellar water that I've ever tried on my dry skin. No alcohol, no irritation and whatsoever. In fact, it doesn't only cleanse the skin, but also really soothes it. And though it's hydrating and gentle, it doesn't make my skin feeling greasy. This product works well to remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup. But since it's rather gentle and light, you would need more product to really clean everything up. Apart from that, it easily wears off light daily makeup. And it's cheap too! I always use this product whenever my skin goes cray-cray and super dry.


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