For some cleansing jobs (waterproof mascara, long-wear foundation, a dehydrated pallor, et al) only a robust cleansing oil will do. A corner of every beauty cabinet should be reserved for a selection of cleansing creams, lotions and gels, too, to be brought into rotation when your complexion cries out for their individual merits. But there's a reason that micellar water is the cornerstone of any French women's skincare regimen.
The undisputed champion of the multitasking cleansing world, micellar water can be leant on for everything from quick makeup removal (lest we reach for the face wipes), skin freshening and an instant morning cleanse. And unlike other more unctuous formulas, it's super gentle with fragile skin, cleansing efficiently without stripping the surface of all of those natural oils that make the complexion plump and bright.
But don't just reach for any bottle touting the name—not all micellar waters were created equal. In fact, there are only a few we'd trust with our faces, so here we have laid out our rundown of the most efficient micellar water cleansers going. You know what to do.
Most micellar waters lack any kind of scent, but this one is laced with coconuts, which are also utilized for their nourishing qualities. This means the liquid feels slightly oilier than most and that hydration lingers, making this a great choice if the cold weather and incessant central heating has left your cheeks a little flaky.
We like to keep Simple's formula in the fridge so that when you swipe it over the face on a cotton pad, it's extra refreshing. Try it after a rough night's sleep and you'll undoubtedly notice the difference.
There's an air of cult status that shrouds Bioderma's formula, and it's the reason it's found so regularly on the backstage tables of makeup artists the world over. It's slightly pricier than most, but that's certainly reflected in its ability to swipe off mascara without even a teeny bit of rubbing.
La Roche Posay is known for creating skincare formulas that gently cradle skin without upsetting its natural balance. Its micellar water is no different, but don't be fooled by its gentleness, as it's a demon when it comes to removing even the densest of smoky eyes.
Garnier's solution is often dubbed the ultimate high-street dupe, as a giant bottle of this stuff costs less than a Pret lunch. Where it particularly shines is in the removal of lipstick—even those chalky, matte kinds.
Designed for super-sensitive skin, we'd be surprised if anyone suffered an adverse reaction to this saintly formula. It doesn't even hurt if you get it in your eyes, although we wouldn't recommend it.
Elemis' micellar formula comes infused with rose water, which is brilliant at settling easily irritable skin. Plus, there's plenty of added bonuses, like antioxidants and anti-inflammatory chamomile, meaning you get bang for the extra buck spent.