The Truth About Micellar Water

Around this time last year bloggers started to get very excited about the water. A writer (in made a life change. Of course, this is not ordinary water, but water micellar. Much more recently, it has come to pharmacies with known brands get your feet wet with this new fashion. Well, this is just a fad and that even water?

taught me pronounce micellar (MI-France) with a slight accent of New Jersey by “Dr. Angie” on the website of Garnier. Elsewhere, there are claims that has been one of those little secrets that French women like to keep to themselves. In which case the pronunciation would be more like “yo-sellaire ‘. I tried this on women in the family of my French husband only to be greeted with nuances he shrugs and blank looks. O my pronunciation was poor or were keeping your little secret beauty secret. Or deep French heritage micellar water was a myth.

I set about trying to seize the truth about the micellar water. What exactly? Everyone agrees which is a very special type of cleanser that removes makeup and no need to rinse. However, for a real definition of micellar there are as many answers as brands of mineral water in a supermarket shelf.

Garnier says his micellar cleansing water “has cleaning micelles molecules that pull oil and dirt from the face. Dr. Angie kindly extends saying that comes from France and these molecules are like magnets that attract dirt. Elle said water micellar oil is tiny molecules suspended in soft water. While single (now in most pharmacies) sold says it is triple purified water and makes no mention of the molecules. They come back mode even with La Roche Posay as “small round balls of molecules cleaning.”

As clear as mud. I was beginning to think that my research efforts were washed until I decided to come to the micellar water from the angle of a micelle – there had to be some connection. Let’s start with some basic chemistry: a micelle is formed when a variety of molecules including soaps and detergents are added to water. Now, I’ll say it again -. Soap or detergent

The molecule may be a fatty acid, a salt of a fatty acid (soap), phospholipids, or other similar molecules. You must have a strongly polar “head” and a string of non-polar hydrocarbon “tail”. When adding such water molecule, the nonpolar tails of molecules grouped in the center of a ball like structure, called micelles, because they are hydrophobic or “water hating.”

At this point we must reflect on the science of face washing. As everyone knows, the oil and water do not mix (why water alone does not do a great job getting compensate off). Surfactants are at home in both oil and water. This because the polar head of the molecule interacts with water molecules outside the micelle ( source ). This basically describes how surfactants – frothy, detergenty, things soap -. The work

And this means that the micellar water is basically soapy water.

After cleaning all that, I took a look at some of the popular micellar waters on the market from simple, available at Ulta for $ 7.99. To be sure it is a common surfactant, PEG-6 caprylic glycerides / capric. I must admit that the addition of vitamins C and B notch above a pharmacy basic cleaner. However, the problem with micellar water is not supposed to be rinsed off. So are the other ingredients that you want to leave on your skin? The surfactant does not seem too bad, but there may be problems of pollution ( source ). More worrying is DMDM ​​hydantoin , which also acts as a cleanser (besides being a preservative) and contains formaldehyde. Lodopropynyl butylcarbamate is a preservative that is normally found in cleaning products and listed as a toxin in some countries.

Bioderma, which causes water micellar another popular, says its special molecules are fatty acid esters. Not surprisingly, this cleaner also has its dirty little secret, polysorbate 20 , a common surfactant which has been demonstrated by one or more animal studies to cause skin irritation in moderate doses. Surfactants not end here. Bioderma has also added polyglyceryl-4 laurate / sebacate, I polyglyceryl 6-caprylate / caprate and methyl gluceth-20.

Good for both the soapy water that does not require rinsing. I stay with my regular cleanser.

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