Call us fickle, but we never seem to be able to resist the siren song of a new skin-care product — a habit which tends to leave our medicine cabinets clogged and our skin freaking out from the lack of routine. Yes, we know we should probably find a super-basic, French-lady-worthy skin regimen, but the promises of new lotions and potions are just too much to resist. How can we say no to all of the latest claims and promises?
Well, our Euro-chic skin-care dreams have come true: The latest skin craze is micellar cleansing waters, which are liquids that claim to take the place of cleanser, toner, and makeup remover. According to dermatologist Dr. Brandt, who recently debuted his very own one, micellar water does all of the work of multiple products — without disturbing the skin's delicate pH balance.
"Micelles are tiny molecules that are extended in water, and they help digest oil, debris, makeup, and dirt from the face and hold onto it, so that it's swept away," explains the derm. "The micellar water won’t disturb the pH balance of your face, unlike regular water that can vary between acidic and alkaline. Plus, [micellar water] is also anti-inflammatory."
So, if you're wondering if you have the right skin type to benefit from this all-in-one skin-care superstar, the answer is: yes. According to Dr. Brandt, there's no skin type that wouldn't benefit from micellar water. It's gentle enough that it won't irritate even the most sensitive skin types, yet powerful enough to replace all three steps of your cleansing routine. Bottom line: It's clean, soft, soothed skin made foolproof.