I think it’s safe to say that micellar waters have taken over in recent years. They are a fast and effective way of removing makeup and cleansing the skin and are seen as being great for people with sensitive skin. However, the popularity it has gained has also left it open to people questioning whether it really is as good for your skin as it claims.
What is Micellar Water?
Micellar water is made up of oil molecules, known as micelles which attract the dirt and oils, removing them from the skin. One of the first brands to develop this type of product was Bioderma and they are still highly commended for their simple formula which is safe for even the most sensitive skin types. The worry comes from all the brands who have jumped on the micellar bandwagon (if that’s a thing!) and are competing for the market share. They are adding different types of ingredients to their formulas which seems to be a wide array of chemicals – not quite the original idea of micelles suspended in water!
I’ve been using the Garnier micellar waters for quite some time now and find them great. They don’t leave a residue on my skin, have no fragrance, don’t cause breakouts and are very affordable. To change things up, I decided to give Nivea’s new micellar water a try to see how it measures up.
Testing the Product
Nivea Micellair Skin Breathe claims to be a combination of ‘MicellAIR® Complex’ with dry oil and black tea extract that works like a magnet to lift away all makeup, including waterproof makeup. It is free from perfumes and Nivea claim that you don’t need to rub the skin so it doesn’t cause any damage.
The first thing to do is shake the bottle, you can clearly see that the oil layer separates in the bottle so this needs to be incorporated. I use cotton pads and find this product really easy to use. It’s best to get the majority off with the first cotton pad and then go in with another to get any remaining makeup off. I completely agree with the claims that it leaves no residue on the skin, as someone with oily skin I was concerned that if I used it for a quick cleanse in the morning that it would make my face more oily than usual throughout the day. This didn’t happen at all so I’m guessing this is down to it being a ‘dry oil’ formula.
I usually use a specific eye makeup remover to take off my waterproof mascara because the Garnier micellar water doesn’t always cut it (it works but can sometimes take quite a lot of rubbing and crumbles quite a lot). The Nivea micellair water is quite impressive on waterproof mascara, it removes it much more quickly and all the product ends up in the cotton pad rather than crumbled all over my face! The only downside is that I don’t agree with the claims of ‘no rubbing’, especially if you’re wearing a lot of mascara. Even if you lay the cotton pad on your eyes for a bit, I still find that you need to rub more than you would with other eye makeup removers… but less than I’ve found with other micellar waters. It’s not really an issue for me, I thought it was a big claim anyway!
It’s very gentle and doesn’t sting at all but it does have a slightly unnerving ingredients list! The main one that came as a surprise to me was sodium hydroxide… in simple terms – caustic soda! I did some reading up and found that sodium hydroxide is a highly corrosive substance, so can’t be ideal when you’re applying it all over the face and close to the eyes. Apparently, it is used in small amounts for skincare with its main purposes being as a cleaning agent and a pH balancer. I’m hoping that Nivea haven’t included this chemical for its use as a cleaning agent because that should be down to the dry oil. It also got me thinking that if these no-rinse formulas are used every day and left on the skin, could this cause skin problems in future?
This product definitely does what it says on the tin, it’s a great makeup remover and is kind to sensitive skin. It is also excellent value and lasts a long time. I will continue to use it and it’s likely that I’ll repurchase but the only adjustment that I might make would be to rinse my face with water after use, just to be sure that it doesn’t leave any chemically residues on my skin.
A great product that sits somewhere between standard micellar waters and waterproof eye makeup removers.
Purchase from Superdrug – Nivea Micellair Professional Micellar Water 400ml
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