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Everything you need to know about Micellar Water

Today, our article will delve into everything you need to know about Micellar Water. Unfairly overlooked by the everyday skincare enthusiast, we believe that Micellar Water is a hidden gem in the skincare industry. Those who start to use Micellar Water instantly fall in love with the game-changing skincare product, seamlessly adding it to their skincare routine. 

Read on to find out what Micellar Water is, the benefits of using Micellar Water, what Micellar Water does, who Micellar Water is for and the ingredients that make up Micellar Water. We will explore how you can intensify your routine with Micellar Water and common questions around Micellar Water! 

What is Micellar Water?

Don’t mistake your Micellar Water for ordinary “water”. Micellar Water is a cleansing water powerfully formulated to sweep away grime and impurities. It’s light, silky, effortlessly hydrating and kindly exfoliates the skin. 

Micellar Water is formulated with active ingredients, distilled from nature, reawakened by science to balance hyper-pigmentation while preserving collagen and elastin. 

A common misconception is that Micellar Water should be rinsed after applying it to the skin.

Micellar Water should NOT be rinsed off your skin after it has been applied. 


Who is Micellar Water for?

Micellar Water is recommended for all skin tones, ages, and types: including dry, sensitive, oily, and combination.

What does Micellar Water do? 

Micellar Water purifies the skin in one uncomplicated step. 

Micellar Water contains tiny oil droplets called micelles that you can’t see or feel because they’re hiding. Micelles have two dynamic behaviours.

One: Micelles attract and bind to the junkie grime left on your skin from the day or night: makeup, sunscreen and overnight build-ups. When you swipe the Micellar Water-soaked pad across your face, it will remove all the impurities. 

Two: The Micelles counterpart infuses skin with hydration, promoting absorption of antioxidants and polyphenols to enhance skin’s natural brilliance. 

Micellar Water hides an active ingredient; melanin modulating active – This powerful ingredient evenly tones the skin by directly targeting brown spots and age spots. The perfect go-to for those concerned with hyper-pigmentation. AHA’s within the Micellar Water formulation exfoliates the skin.

Micellar Water is unapologetically sophisticated; all it takes is a sweep of the face to awaken the skin.  


What are the benefits that come with using Micellar Water?

Micellar Water brightens the skin reviving lacklustre skin tones with a natural glow. 

Micellar Water helps hyper-pigmentation by dramatically lightening spots on the skin to restore an even tone throughout your complexion

Micellar Water is pro-aging, ensures peak cellular functioning by preventing damage, promoting repair and increasing hydration. 

Micellar Water clears the skin as it sweeps away makeup, impurities and congestion from your skin upon application.

Your Micellar Water will Cleanse the skin, leaving it nourished and keeping your skin healthy and firm. Don’t forget, there is no need to rinse.


How do you use Micellar Water?

AM: Start your day with a fresh face. Saturate your cleansing pad with Micellar Water and gently sweep the pad across the contours of your face, allowing the Micellar Water to do the heavy lifting. There’s no need to rinse. 

PM: Finish your day with your clean face. Saturate your cleansing pad with Micellar Water and gently sweep the pad across the contours of the face. The Micellar Water will remove sunscreen, makeup, grime and impurities. There’s no need to rinse. 


What are the key ingredients in Micellar Water:?

Micellar Water is home to power ingredients; the results are exceptional when they are married together.

Algaktiv LightSKN™: Derived from micro-algae, this marine extract evens skin tone by selectively targeting brown spots thanks to its intelligent melanin modulation. This highly innovative ingredient also brightens the skin. 

Green Tea: Rich in potent antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. Green Tea works harmoniously with Vitamin C to soothe, protect, calm skin and reduce the signs of ageing.

Cucumber Fruit Extract: An effortless antioxidant with hydrating, anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. The behaviour of manganese and potassium in cucumber is exceptionally beneficial in gently firming and tightening the skin.

Calendula Officinalis Extract: A hero ingredient that calms skin with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that preserve collagen and elastin. Calendula Officinalis Extract is a nourishing and moisturising ingredient that keeps skin firm, healthy and protected from external aggressors.


How can you intensify your Micellar Water Skincare routine? 

For the ultimate skin experience, use Micellar Water twice daily, morning and night. 

Skin penetration is essential for a formula to work effectively as a part of your skincare routine.

When the skin has been cleansed, and all the surface blockers that would usually hinder absorption have been removed, your skin is better equipped to drink more nutrients from the follow-on products you choose to use.

A water-based serum is the best skincare product to apply to freshly cleansed skin.  Water-based serums contain small molecules that can penetrate faster and deeper into the skin to deliver a high concentration of active ingredients where they are most needed. 

Follow your skincare ritual with S8-28 Assist Anti-Ageing serum, WPC Eye Complex and S8-28 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser.  


Common Questions we get asked about Micellar Water: 


What is Double Cleansing:

The first cleanse removes makeup, pollutants and dirt from the day. The second cleanse removes dead skin cells, meaning the products you apply to your skin afterwards can work more efficiently. 

However (this is important), using too many products that do not perform harmoniously thanks to clashing ingredients, can cause unwanted inflammation and irritation- leading to acne. Acne is an unwanted side effect and very different to skin purging. 


Double Cleansing and Skin Purging: 

Skin purging is much like a needed skin detox. 

Claire Hill’s Micellar Water contains AHA’s (alpha-hydroxy acids), so it cleanses and exfoliates the skin simultaneously. AHA’s can send your natural skin cell turnover into fast-forward mode, forcing the microcomedones underneath the skin’s surface to come up faster than typical. In other words, it’s your baby pimples ‘growing up’ at a speedier rate than they normally would on their own. These pimples would have eventually made their way to the skin’s surface, and AHA’s have just accelerated the process. Purging can last for 6 weeks.


How much Micellar Water should I use? 

How much Micellar Water you use depends on your skin’s day or night.  Your cleansing pad should feel as if the product is absorbed into it, so that the micelles can effectively pick up dirt and expel the clean oil within the formulation (Sidenote: This delicate oil doesn’t feel like oil: because it’s lightweight). We recommend you re-sprinkle Micellar Water until your cotton pad is left clean after sweeping your face, this means you may use more than one pad. 


What makes Claire Hill Micellar Water a superior product?

The secret to an effective Micellar Water is in its formulation and the quality of ingredients mixed to bring the product to life. The Micellar Water you find in the supermarket is generally formulated from one- dimensional ingredients.

Claire Hill Micellar Water is not only a cleanser; it is also a skin brightener. It’s formulated with complex ingredients that speak to transformational properties. Claire Hill Micellar Water targets hyper-pigmentation by modulating melanin production and melanin transfer while maintaining your natural skin tone. 

Claire Hill Micellar Water also contains polyphenols (micronutrients) high in antioxidants and other compounds that soothe, protect, and calm skin to counter the early signs of ageing.


Micellar vs Toner: 

Micellar Water: Micellar Water is for removing makeup, sunscreen, and grime. It’s a gentle cleanser that’s super hydrating and does not disturb the skin’s pH balance. 

Toner: After cleansing, a toner is used to restore the skin’s pH balance and is helpful if you’ve used a harsh cleansing agent like soap, which strips the skin, leaving it tight and dry. 

A toner does not have the same cleansing characteristics as Micellar Water because it does not contain surfactants (cleansing agents that dislodge oil and dirt so it can be washed or wiped away). A toner can modestly remove some residual debris following a cleansing routine but is NOT a cleanser.


Micellar vs Cleansing Oil:

Micellar Water is a water-based cleanser that acts like an oil-based cleanser. Micellar Water looks and feels like regular tap water because the tiny oil droplets called micelles responsible for attracting and binding to makeup, grease and grime, are hidden in the water. 

It’s an excellent cleansing alternative for those that don’t like the greasy feel of oil on their skin.

Cleansing oil is, as its name suggests, an oil-based, not a water-based cleanser. Unlike Micellar Water, it needs to be rinsed off the skin. It also leaves a thin oily film on the skin’s surface; this may not be suitable for acne-prone skin.

More on the science behind Micellar Water: 

We are 100% transparent in the science behind our formulas, and it is something we are incredibly proud of. Do you want to read more about the science behind Micellar Water? Click here > 

That wraps up our article on Micellar Water. If you have any further questions please feel free to send an email to

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