If I’m wearing a bit of slap, not one but two cleanses are needed at the end of the day. The first cleanse is to take off said makeup, the second to actually cleanse. But you don’t want to be using your lovely balm or cream cleanser to remove makeup, mais non.
That’s where good old micellar (‘my cellar’) waters come in handy. The ‘micelles’ in them are invisible bubbles of cleansing oil suspended in a totally non-oily water. They’re not a substitute for a proper cleanse, they’re like a first step, and I also find them handy for a pre-run freshen up in the morning. You can use them as an eye makeup remover, or even a toner after cleansing. In fact, you may wonder how you ever got this far in life without one. Here are my top five.
Bioderma wrote the book on micellar water. Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (from £4.80) is fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and super mild, but busts through even waterproof makeup. It’s the one they use backstage at the catwalk shows apparently, so it must be OK.
Thoroughly enjoying my Embryolisse Micellaire Lotion 3-in-1 (£15.99). It’s 3-in-1 because it says it’s a cleanser, toner, and makeup remover, but I wouldn’t use this instead of a cleanser – unless it was 2am in which case it’s better than nothing. Love how soothing this is thanks to its camomile and witch-hazel extracts.
Thalgo Cleansing Water 2-in-1 (£25) is my pick for when I’m feeling a bit oily and hormonal. This one is probably the most like a toner out of the five and is a great way of getting rid of any remains after cleansing to avoid spot-encouraging grime. It’s pretty zingy though, thanks to the grapefruit extract, so go easy around the eyes.
I love Caudalie and their whole grape shtick. Their Micellar Cleansing Water (from £9) contains orange and lemon blossom, watermelon and mint leaves so smells as lush as you would expect. I also really like the pump dispenser so you don’t pour it out down the sink.
Finally, new brand alert: Katherine Daniels. Her Essential Micellar Face & Eye Make-up Remover (£19) contains Laminaria Digitata for its healing, calming, soothing and regenerating properties, and in spite of having quite a posh, floral smell is not remotely stingy and dissolves makeup a treat. Lovely.