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Make-up is something you can manage frequently within your routine, but the hardest part is taking care of your skin after constant contact with cosmetics and this is possible with micellar water.

It can't be helped that, when it comes to skincare, removing your make-up at the end of the day requires a lot of products, and can become a bit of a tedious routine. That's why it's amazing when a single product can give you a deep cleanse, like micellar water does.

When it comes to skin care products, you may be spoilt for choice, based on your skin type and any deficiencies you may have. In this article we will show you the most important factors to consider in order to make the right choice and demonstrate why micellar water is your best option.


  • Micellar water is a liquid beauty product, designed to cleanse the eyes and skin of impurities. It is ideal for use as a make-up remover as it requires no force or pressure to remove make-up.
  • There are multiple types of micellar water. They all perform the same functions of removing make-up, cleansing and strengthening the skin, but have differentiating factors known as additives to the formula that provide extra benefits and greater removal of impurities to the micellar water.
  • When you are in the process of buying a micellar water, there are main factors that you should take into account to make the best purchase and that the micellar water you buy fits your needs, such as the type of use, frequency, skin type and the additional benefits you want to get when applying the product.

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Buying Guide

Knowing the best and most sought-after micellar water presentations, you should already have an idea of what type to look for based on your needs, but there are certain factors you should take into account when buying to make the right decision on the type of micellar water that is perfect for you.

Micellar water should be applied gently, without the need to use force when removing make-up, a cotton pad can be excellent for application. (Photo: akz/

What is micellar water and what are its advantages?

Micellar water is a beauty product composed of micelles, which are small spheres exposed in the product water. They have the particularity to dissolve products that are difficult or insoluble with tap water.

An important benefit of micellar water is that it has multiple uses in a single application, as it works as a make-up remover, cleanser and moisturiser all in one application.

As many benefits as we find in this product, it also has its disadvantages like any other. This does not mean that it is a bad buy, or that it has unfavourable effects. However, it is important to know all aspects of it before you buy it.

  • works as a make-up remover
  • refreshes and tones the face
  • cleanses impurities
  • not all make-up is soluble in it
  • sometimes it requires the use of another product to obtain results
  • depending on its additives it can be more expensive.

Micellar water and micellar water with Oleo - what should you pay attention to?

There are several presentations of micellar water, but the two most popular on the market are standard micellar water (without any additives) and micellar water (with oil of some kind). In addition to their main noticeable difference, there are other smaller but important differences.

Micellar water: The product in its minimalist and simple presentation meets your requirements, made from micelles, serves as a cleanser, toner and make-up remover, it does not contain any additional products.

With this presentation you will be able to obtain favourable results, but in the field of make-up remover you will need additional components as not all make-up is soluble with it. In addition, it will require some other product on certain occasions; ideal for use before and after make-up, to remove impurities and refresh the skin of the face.

Micellar water with oil: This type of micellar water contains an additional additive, which would be argan oil, coconut oil or some other type of oil. Its main peculiarity is that, in addition to the advantages of ordinary micellar water, it can very easily remove waterproof make-up and some thick make-up such as mascara.

This presentation has its consistency a little thick and greasy unlike micellar water which is very liquid, in addition to removing all make-up it includes moisturising the skin after it is applied being a plus to its wonderful characteristics.

Micellar water Micellar water + oil
Consistency Liquid, water-like slightly oily.
Waterproof make-up Does not remove easily Removes easily
Deep hydration Does not apply If done
Cost Affordable Moderately expensive

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate the different models of Micellar Water

Finally, there are some factors to consider when making your final decision that will allow you to make comparisons between models so that you can choose the right micellar water for you.

  • Type of use
  • Frequency
  • Skin Type
  • Additional benefits

Type of use

When we refer to use, everything will depend on the type of make-up you use, since, if you use a soluble one, simple micellar water will be a good option, if your make-up is waterproof it is better to use a variant of micellar water with oil that is effective against this type of make-up.

While it is true that standard micellar water can remove make-up, even when it is waterproof, the pressure you need to apply for this to happen is high compared to those that have some kind of oil in addition.

Micellar water as a make-up remover: If you only need this product to remove make-up from your face, standard micellar water is the best option for you, as it will strictly fulfil this function, as well as being cheaper.

Micellar water as a make-up remover and moisturiser: If you want to not only remove make-up properly, but also moisturise and hydrate your skin, so that it recovers completely after having been in contact with cosmetics for a long time, the best option is micellar water with argan oil or similar.

The right micellar water will remove your make-up without having to apply too much force to the area, but to choose the right one you need to take into account the make-up you are wearing. (Photo: Olena Kachmar /


Depending on how often you use micellar water, you should take into account its presentations, all depending on the daily amount you use, you will find multiple versions. However, the most common are the following:

150ML: The smallest size, ideal for infrequent cleansing and a good travel or handbag accessory, this is our recommendation for those who use make-up on infrequent occasions, such as a special event.

300ML: This micellar water is the in-between size, also available in 250ML, 350ML, and various sizes above and below. It is the right choice for simple, everyday make-up, as it can offer you a good amount of uses and cleansing.

500ML: The top of the line micellar water from the well-known brands. This option is excellent for those who work with make-up professionally, providing a larger quantity of product. It is a good option for heavy make-up and for professionals who require daily make-up removal.

Cleansing according to skin type

Cleansing will depend on the type of skin you have and the make-up used is one of the most important aspects to analyse, as some strong cosmetics, such as mascara, require other types of products in addition to micellar water.

That said, it is important to note that, depending on your needs, you should look for micellar water with an additive that will provide the best cleansing of impurities, make-up and residues from your skin.

Sensitive skin: In these cases, the best presentation is standard micellar water, without any additives. Its consistency and components are gentle on the skin, which reduces the risk of any kind of allergic reaction or irritation.

Dry skin: In case of dry skin, deep hydration is the key, especially after having spent hours with cosmetics on the skin that can be unfavourable. For this reason, versions with moisturising oils such as argan oil are a great option.

Oily or combination skin: For mattifying, oil-controlling skin, micellar water with ingredients such as aloe vera or coconut oil will do the trick, while still keeping your skin hydrated, without the need for excessive shine.

Additional benefits

When looking for micellar water, the first reasons to do so are usually cleaning, its usefulness as a makeup remover and its ability to refresh the skin, achieving a good facial cleansing, but if you want an additional one, you should look for the right supplements according to what you need.

With Aloe Vera: This extra component in micellar water helps with the prevention of wrinkles, hydrates the skin and rejuvenates the appearance, ideal to apply at the beginning of the day and before bedtime.

With purifying agents: It is especially for sensitive skin and helps to cleanse and remove oil from prone or combination skin, ideal for use particularly in the evenings or at the start of the day, before using make-up as it removes all impurities from the skin.

It is important to know that all versions of micellar water are suitable for all skin types, but its additional benefits have an effect on certain types, so you should know what your skin needs in order to find the product that gives you the most benefits

(Featured image photo: Akz /