Pricey vs Priceline: Cleansing Waters

by Madeleine Borgersen
Pricey vs Priceline: Cleansing Waters

Cleansing Waters (or Micellar Waters) are a relatively new addition to the skin care world. Micellar Waters are a non-rinse, cleansing solution that contain micelle molecules.

Now one note before you even start looking at Micellar Waters! You need to use them with a cotton pad. I tried to use it like you would a cleansing oil a few times and didn’t understand why it did nothing. The reason they work with cotton pads is because of the scientific structure of the water itself. Micelle water is another name for soapy water.

They are made up of molecules that have a water-hating (and oil-loving!) tail and a water-loving head. The water in the cotton pad attracts these molecules head down, leaving the oil-loving tails to face up towards your skin and makeup. The attraction between the molecules and the oil is so strong that it ‘lifts’ the makeup and sebum (dead skin cells) off of your skin and onto the cotton pad.

Yeah! Science bitch!

Different people use cleansing waters in different ways. Some use it as a makeup remover prior to cleansing, others as a replacement for toner after cleansing to remove any final impurities prior to the rest of their skincare regime. Here’s my take on the two!

1. Bioderma Crealine H²O Solution Micellaire – $29.99

Bioderma’s Crealine H2O Solution Micellaire (what a mouth full!) is the queen of the cleansing water world, coveted around the world. Priceline (yes, again both the products this week are technically available from Priceline) started stocking the product last year.

It’s amazing. It’s soothing and does a fantastic job at removing any makeup, waterproof or not. I use it on a makeup removal pad and it does not irritate at all. A great, quick and easy alternative to makeup removal wipes!

2. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – $11.99

Garnier’s take on the cleansing water scene is impressive! I tried cleansing half of my face with Garnier and half with Bioderma to compare them at the same time. Garnier took off the same amount of makeup from what I could tell. It did feel slightly harsher on the skin, but nothing compared to most toners.

The Verdict:

If you have extremely sensitive skin, I’d recommend sticking with the Bioderma. I have somewhat sensitive skin and it tingled a bit. No noticeable marks or irritation but I’d hate to see someone break out from using the Garnier! I also found the Bioderma worked a lot more quickly and with less product. Definitely loving the pricier option this week!

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