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I Hated Cleansing Until I Came Upon TikTok’s Micellar Water Hack
Picture of Jacqueline taking a self-portrait while holding a bottle of micellar water. We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Beauty In A Tik, where each week we put TikTok’s most popular beauty hacks and cutting-edge beauty trends to the test.
I love putting on makeup. There is something really relaxing about slowing down and focusing all of my attention on one thing at a time, like getting the placement of my bronzer exactly right or perfecting a feline flick. But by the time I get to the end of the day, I’m so exhausted that I can’t even consider taking it off.
Even though I’ll never make the beauty faux pas of going to bed with my makeup on, I’m sure I’m not the only one who sometimes puts off cleaning their face. One of the most common mistakes that patients make when it comes to their skincare routine, according to a leading dermatologist in London who shared this insight with me, is not cleaning their face on a consistent basis.
Because of this, people see her with complaints of dullness and breakouts, the aftereffects of which can sometimes leave a mark on the skin in the form of scars and discoloration. It is for this reason that the practice of performing a double cleanse in the evening, which entails first removing makeup with micellar water and then performing a traditional cleanse with a cleanser that contains water, has become so popular among beauty gurus and influencers. However, there is no ignoring the fact that it is a tedious task.
Not only does using two different cleansing methods take additional time and effort, but I also believe that using such a large quantity of cotton pads is unnecessary. That’s before I even get into how scratchy some of them can be (especially the reusable pads if you’ve cleaned them a couple of times), not to mention the unavoidable pulling motion that they have on your skin, especially the extremely delicate eyelids.
But you can always count on TikTok to find a method to get around the hassle of twice cleansing, and it’s not the trick where you blow through a cotton pad saturated in micellar water to make it foamy. TikTok has a better solution. With all due respect, I would ask that you refrain from doing that.
It’s possible that you’re wondering why you shouldn’t just use a balm cleanser. We are aware that they can be found, but the thick oils and waxes that are commonly found in balms have the potential to clog pores and make a skin that is already oily much oilier.
Even if you try to get rid of it by washing your face afterward, this is bad news for those of us who are prone to acne. It is not uncommon for cult balm cleansers to come with a large price tag, and the majority of them use essential oils as a kind of fragrance.
Essential oils have the potential to irritate delicate skin and eyes, and it is also not uncommon for these products to come with a hefty price tag. Micellar water is an option that is not only more cost-effective but also has a longer shelf life when compared to some of the more well-known cleansing balms.
As a basis, I use foundation, concealer, and powder, but my favorite makeup products are liquid liner and mascara. I love to layer them! Would it be possible to remove everything with just a few spritzes of micellar water rather than scrubbing furiously with a cotton round? Even though I didn’t trust it, I decided to give the CeraVe Micellar Cleansing Water with Niacinamide and Ceramides, which retails for £11, a shot regardless.
Another one of my top picks is the Bioderma Sensibio Cleansing Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin, which retails for £11; but, if you’d like to save some money, the Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water, which costs £5.50, is an equally effective alternative (and almost always on offer).
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