To learn more about cleansing and removing make-up with a micellar water, explore responses from dermatologists and allergists to questions submitted by internet users during chat sessions organised by Bioderma.
Yes, make-up-removing milk or micellar water is as effective and cleanses just as well. Washing after removing make-up is unnecessary. That is two steps, which can irritate skin. You want to cleanse skin without irritating it.
A dermatological bar is a soap-free soap. It is known as a syndet, a synthetic detergent. It lathers very little and has few surfactants. It is good for very sensitive skin. It works best for cleansing fragile skin, rather than removing make-up. To remove make-up, the product must contain surfactants, which emulsify make-up particles so they can be removed. If you use something ultra-mild, it won’t remove your make-up. A dermatological bar is useful for cleansing skin without make-up on it, so I would not recommend it for removing make-up.
Since micellar water is a make-up removing water, you would be removing make-up twice. Toner removes milk residues. So, you should either use a make-up-removing milk with a lotion when the milk needs to be rinsed or use a micellar water by itself. It won’t hurt you to use both products, but since they do the same thing, you don’t need to.
Yes, micellar waters and milks are both products that can be used daily. They’re made specifically for that purpose.
Not unless you’ve forgotten to do so the night before. There’s no reason to since you don’t have any make-up on. You should rinse with some water or mist face with some water for freshness, but you shouldn’t use make-up remover or rub skin. Rubbing too hard or irritating skin can lead to reactional seborrhoea if you have fragile skin. In general, you should remove make-up in the evening. In the morning, follow your cleansing routine, but don’t use a make-up remover. Use special cleansing products if you have very oily skin you need to wash.
You do need to wash your face, at least in the evening. If you don’t wear make-up, once a day is plenty. But you do need to cleanse skin to remove traces of pollution, sweat, etc. I recommend washing in the evening. In the morning, you can simply mist water on your face with an atomiser or rinse while in the shower for a clean feeling. No need to wash it again. Even if you don’t wear make-up, it’s a good idea to wash your face in the evening because it has been exposed to the air.
Yes, even if you get home late, you need to do it. And besides, waking up with racoon eyes isn’t great for your mood…
Non, they’re just two different methods. They both cleanse equally well.
Most micellar waters can be used to remove eye make-up, but not all of them. This will be indicated on the product. Some made for oily skin have active ingredients that may irritate eyes. But you can use most micellar waters to remove non-waterproof or light eye make-up. They won’t work well if you have on lots of make-up. In that case, a special solution for waterproof make-up or cotton wool soaked in make-up remover would be better.
Masks should be applied on make-up free skin because you want it the active ingredients to be absorbed deeply. So, you need to remove make-up before using a mask with micellar water or a milk and lotion combination. What’s most important is to have clean skin so you are not putting the mask on over make-up. After you’ve removed the mask, you don’t need to use a make-up remover, but you can use a product like micellar water or a milk to remove the last mask residues from your skin.
Yes, you should dry your face. First of all, leaving your skin wet doesn’t feel very nice. But more importantly, it dehydrates the skin. So, be sure to dry your face. Then apply a night cream. Not everyone uses one, but if you do, you should choose a nourishing night cream. If you have acne-prone skin, use a treating cream and apply it to dry skin so it absorbs better.
No. Micellar water is a solution with a huge number of small surfactant spheres that catch dirt. Unlike a milk, the product does not remain suspended on the skin. Many people rinse off micellar waters because it they feel like it makes their skin extra fresh, but there’s really no need to. You can just dry skin after using it.
Micellar water is a water with little micelles in it. Micelles are small surfactant particles that capture dirt, then deposit it on the cotton wool. Micelles trap make-up particles. They remain suspended in water indefinitely but do a good job removing make-up. And, of course, they’re invisible to the naked eye. That’s why it’s called micellar water.
For atopic skin, you should use comforting products because skin is dry and has a tendency to become irritated. I generally suggest using a micellar water for fragile skin or a make-up-removing milk that you would rinse off using a gentle lotion instead of an astringent lotion. But before we focus on removing make-up, let’s look at make-up itself. Be careful about what products you use; avoid products that dry out the skin. Long lasting tinted foundations are usually fairly drying. However, there are several BB Creams made especially for sensitive or atopic skin. So, I recommend looking for gentle products for make-up and make-up removal.
It’s important because removing make-up cleanses skin and prepares it for the next day. It also prepares the skin in the evening to absorb a moisturising cream if you have dry skin and gets skin ready for putting on make-up the next morning. This is important because if you put make-up on skin that hasn’t been properly cleansed, you risk triggering allergies, irritation, intolerance, acne and clogged pores. Removing your make-up is just as important in your cleansing routine as washing skin.
Not if it just happens once. But a British journalist conducted an extreme experiment: for one month, she didn’t remove her make-up at all; she simply put new make-up on top each day. You can find the before and after photos online and it’s quite terrible. The result? Her skin was full of wrinkles because the moisturising cream didn’t absorb and the tinted foundation dried out her skin. So, yes, your skin will age if you never remove make-up. If it happens occasionally, your skin may get irritated or develop a few pimples. So, it’s better to remove make-up every day.