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An immediate difference I have noticed with my skin upon arriving in England, and especially on the Devon coast, is the natural hydration of my skin. In fact, yesterday evening, I wandered out into the large pastures overlooking the Bristol Channel and took a loop around the edges as the “mizzle” (as described by the farm’s owner of the mist and drizzle that blows across the land) brushed up against my skin.
I share this moment of appreciation of nature because part of the balance of healthy skin is ensuring it is hydrated, and the other part is making sure it is cleansed well. There often is where the contradiction lies. We want our skin to be clean, so we clean it well, but as was the case with my skin in the past when I lived (and still do) in more arid, dry climates, my skin was left dry and therefore creating its own oils to hydrate which then led to more breakouts. (Listen/Read this podcast/post when I shared this discovery for the first time with more information about how to create glowing skin.) However, now there is a solution.
For the past three weeks I have been using micellar water to cleanse my skin at the beginning and end of my days. Since I only wear tinted moisturizer, I use it as well to remove my makeup. I have tried two different brands: one available for fewer than $15 (for 16 ounces) and one from an upscale beauty company, Caudalie (from which I use their moisturizer religiously) for $24 (for 6.7 oz).
My finding is simple: Micellar water is now a permanent part of my daily cleansing routine.
What is micellar water you may be wondering?
Originally, it all began in Paris. Let’s take a look at why it came to be.
Evidentially the water in Paris and the region in which it is settled has harsh water which is not a welcome ingredient on delicate skin. The solution: micellar water. A no-rinse solution that soaks up the oil, but leaves the moisture. Micellar water is made up of micelles which are tiny balls of cleansing oil which are suspended in soft water.
Simply place micellar water on a cotton ball and apply to your skin. No rinsing needed, and your face is clean and your makeup removed. Most importantly, your face is not left feeling dry and taut. From that point, I then apply my regular facial oil, moisturizer and eye cream. No fuss with a washcloth or splashes of water, which means it is perfect for travel. There are also travel micellar wipes which I love as I don’t have to worry about the bottle opening and soaking my other travel beauty supplies.
Okay, to the products I have been using and recommend as well as other brands to check out:
I tried both Bioderma (16.7 oz) which was $15 and Caudalie (6.7 oz) for $24. And for travel I have been using Bioderma’s micellar solution wipes ($10). After comparison, the price difference is not worth paying for Caudalie as Bioderma makes my skin feel wonderfully clean and moisturized, even more so, based on my experience than Caudalie.
~the items I tested (above). After comparing both, I have continued to use Bioderma (the bottle for at home, and the wipes for travel)~
Below are a few other brands you may want to check out:
~Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (13.5 oz)
~Eau Thermale Avéne Thermal Spring Water (10.58 oz)
Caring for our skin is a daily task, and if we can make sure we tend to it well as well as save time, money and unnecessary effort, well, I’d say that is simply luxurious skincare.
~SIMILAR POSTS FROM THE ARCHIVES YOU MIGHT ENJOY:
~8 Ways to Create Glowing Skin (podcast #13)
~View more TSLL recommended Beauty products here