Remember when serums were considered cutting-edge and essences were just another fad from the East? Well, here comes another one! The next big thing in skincare is a product we have difficulty pronouncing: micellar water.

WHAT IT IS

Since the ’90s, micellar water (pronounced my-SELL-ar) has been beheld by the French as the secret to perfect skin. It’s basically water infused with micelles, tiny molecules of cleansing oil that cling to impurities like magnets. Once micellar water comes into contact with skin, it immediately lifts away all traces of makeup and excess oil.

WHAT IT DOES

Micellar water works as a makeup remover and facial cleanser in one. As the micelle molecules dissolve the dirt on the surface of your face, the gentle formula keeps your skin from drying out on the inside. Unlike other makeup removers, micellar water does not have to be rinsed away, so you can simply wipe your face and go. And what really sets it apart is the consistency—it feels like regular water. With daily use, micellar water provides thorough cleansing, moisture-level maintenance, and a fresher appearance.

HOW TO USE IT

So simple! Just soak a cotton pad with micellar water, then gently sweep the solution over a full face of makeup. You’ll see the makeup residue collect on the cotton pad, so just keep wiping until all traces of it are gone. Voilà! Your bare skin is now ready to absorb the rest of your skincare regimen. No rinsing, no rubbing, and absolutely no sticky feel.

WHY YOU NEED IT

Micellar water became a global hit after rave reviews from supermodels and makeup artists began circulating the web. Here’s the summary of what they said: it’s an extremely effective way to remove makeup. Micellar water provides you with the full benefits of double-cleansing without any actual double-cleansing involved. That makes it a godsend for long-haul flights, rushed mornings, and late, late nights. Oh, and just so you know, it’s safe for sensitive skin.

Intrigued? Try one of these!
1. Bioré Micellar Water, P189 — This one’s a Tokyo drugstore favorite, pumped full of water from the Japanese Alps.
2. Nuxe Paris Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals, P895 — This one’s a French beauty staple, purified with rose water and developed especially for sensitive skin.
3. MORES Magic Cleanser, P1,150 — This one’s sweeping South East Asia with its pure Korean mineral water and toxin-busting Nephrite minerals.
4. VMV Hypoallergenics Oil-Free Quick & Complete Makeup Remover, P875 — This one’s proudly Filipino: a no-rinse formula laced with glycerin and green tea.

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