Your 3-in-1 Beauty Solution: Micellar Water

By Colleen McTiernan and Nicole Irving

Taking care of your skin can be an involved process, with multiple steps and products required to maintain clean and youthful looking skin. Even if you ascribe to the most simple of beauty routines, you most likely have makeup remover, face wash and a moisturizer in your bathroom to keep your face fresh and hydrated. But what if you could combine those three essentials into one simple step? With micellar water, you can!

Micellar water, while relatively new to the American beauty scene, has long been a favorite of French women. This gentle cleansing solution consists of micelles, which are droplets of cleansing oil, in soft water. These oil droplets then draw out oil and dirt from your skin, leaving your face nice and clean without using harsh soapy ingredients. And unlike traditional cleansers, micellar waters do not have to be rinsed off with water, allowing the hydrating ingredients to soak into your skin for a perfectly moisturized finish.

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes

$6.99, Garnierusa.com

Perfect for sensitive skin, these wipes are formulated with silk fibers for an even softer cleansing experience.

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Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Micellar Cleansing Water

$8.99, Ulta and Ulta.com

Kick your traditional micellar water up a notch with the addition of charcoal, which helps to detoxify skin without over-drying it.

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof Travel Size

$3.99, Garnierusa.com

Take your new cleanser on the road with this travel-sized version! This formula also helps remove waterproof makeup in addition to cleansing and moisturizing.

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Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Micellar Water

$14.50, Vichyusa.com

Made with Vichy mineralizing water, this micellar water contains 15 minerals designed to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier while cleansing.

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DevaCurl Buildup Buster

$28, Ulta and Ulta.com

Micellar water is not just for your face! This cleansing serum uses micellar water to remove buildup from the hair and scalp without the harsh ingredients of other clarifying shampoos.

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Jane Iredale BeautyPrep Face Cleanser

$28, Janeiredale.com

This no-rinse cleanser contains micellar water with cucumber extracts that hydrate the skin, as well as oat amino acids that provide a deep pore cleanse.