Makeup Wipes or Micellar Water: Which to Choose?

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If you’re a skin care lover, we can guess one item you definitely own: makeup wipes. They’re convenient facial cleansers that remove a day’s worth of makeup in just a few swipes. They may not completely get the job done, but they work beautifully with most makeups while a cleanser can take care of the rest.

Here’s a word of advice from your friends at iSkinCareReviews: ditch your makeup wipes.

According to an article in Glamour:

Makeup wipes don’t really clean your skin. Mostly, they smear around whatever makeup, dirt, and dead skin is hanging out on your face, leaving a trail of irritated skin in their wake.

Furthermore, if you don’t follow up your makeup wipe with a good cleanser, you risk developing inflammation.

Makeup Wipes Discriminate…No Joke.

If you have sensitive skin, you may already know that makeup wipes aren’t your friends. They may cause irritations, and the fragrance can lead to sudden breakouts. In the same Glamour article, I came across something that shocked me:

“Rubbing can cause low-grade inflammation that, over time, can promote skin pigmentation or even early wrinkling,”

Those of us in the dark thought makeup wipes were designed to benefit the skin; to wipe away the harsh ingredients from our makeup. Instead, we find out that they do more harm than good. If it causes skin pigmentation (a personal skin issue I curse every day) and premature wrinkling (better get your DermaSet) along with other long-term problems, then it’s time to make a change.

This is where micellar water comes in…Ever heard of it? Before you go to to the nearest beauty store or drugstore, please purchase your micellar water with caution. We’ll explain why in a jiffy.

What is Micellar Water?

Micellar water, pronounced my-seller water, is a facial cleanser that removes impurities from the skin. Adapted in France, low concentrations of a mild surfactant (the chemical that rids the skin of dirt and makeup) merge together to create micelles which efficiently extract dirt and oil from the skin. By using a cotton ball soaked in micellar water, the product pulls off makeup and other impurities from the skin. Can you already see the difference between micellar water and makeup wipes? One removes dirt and oil, the other smears it across your face. Unlike facial wipes, most micellar water work well on sensitive skin.

Many skin experts say you don’t have to cleanse after using micellar water, but I personally like the idea of double cleansing. Micellar water rids the skin of dirt, oil and makeup. Follow that up with a gentle cleanser, and that rids the skin of deeply hidden gunk lingering in your pores.

Cons: Here’s the bad part about micellar water: most products are created with alcohol, which can strip away natural bacteria. Therefor, when you purchase micellar water, look out for alcohol-free products. We did our research and found 3 alcohol-free products that the beauty world raves about.

1. La Roche-Posay – This product is also good for acne
2. BIODERMA Sensibo H20 Water– A favorite by every skin care guru on the internet
3. Mustela No-Rinse Cleansing Fluid – So natural, a baby could use it (actually…I think it is designed for babies)

Now for the million dollar question: will you switch to micellar water or stick to your makeup wipes?

About Ria Rankine

I'm a vegan who enjoys natural skincare products and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

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