Simple ingredient facial cleansers that work wonders for your skin without breaking the bank have taken the cosmetic world by storm. Here at Beauty by the Geeks we hate to miss a trend (especially when it’s so science-savvy) so we’ve put the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water into the spot light. The formula is as simple as can be with no added perfumes or ingredients, designed to avoid irritating the skin. We wanted to know if this means it won’t have enough of a punch to make a difference or if this is a good example of less is more. We’re hoping it’s the latter but we’ll let the science speak for itself!

The Claims
Garnier have embraced the power of micelles which are said to gently cleanse, soothe and hydrate the skin, removing makeup and impurities that may have built up on the face. It’s supposed to do this without the need to rub or rinse – just simply apply to a cotton pad and wipe across your face, eye area and lips. It’s proposed that this magic cleansing water will leave your skin feeling beautifully cleansed and refreshed in an instant! This all sounds fantastic, but can the science meet the claims?

The Science behind the Bottle
These micellar cleansers have been around for decades, originally created as a way to help Parisians keep their skin in tip top condition without the use of the regions notoriously harsh water. So what exactly are micelles and why are they such a big deal?
Micelles are surfactants which have assembled into spherical micro-droplets (that’s just small droplets to you and me!) in solution (in water). In basic terms, this means that they are clusters of molecules which form a spherical shape in water.


There are hundreds of surfactants out there but Garnier have opted for a mix of Disodium cocoamphodiacetate, disodium EDTA, and Poloxamer 184; all science-sounding, mild, synthetically produced ingredients. These molecules help water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be removed keeping your skin cleansed and refreshed!

In water these surfactants self-assemble into micelles which have a hydrophilic (water-loving) exterior and a hydrophilic (water-hating) interior which helps them to do their job in cosmetic products. When applied to the skin these micro-droplets will split from the pressure of application to the face and micro-encapsulate dirt or makeup on the skins surface. This combination is designed to lift up the dirt from your skin while maintaining the skins physiological balance. The idea is the cleansing water removes the bad things from your skin but leaves your skin hydrated.

In general Micellar cleansers (Garnier or other), also have a bunch of humectants which act as moisturisers on the skin. So as well as the formula not causing any dehydration which other cleansers might do (e.g. those with high alcohol concentrations) it also further hydrates the skin for any water lost due to day to day damage.

The key humectant in Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water is glycerin which is popular in facial products due its non-sticky feel. This nifty little molecule is classed as a humectant because it’s extremely hygroscopic, so can absorb water from the air. Glycerin attracts water from both the environment and the dermis to increase the amount of water at the surface of the skin keeping it moisturised, and making it the perfect addition to any facial cleanser!

The Verdict
Having to wash away the day after a long night of working, (or better still, dancing!) can be an absolute nightmare. When you want nothing more than to crawl into bed having to walk to the bathroom and scrub your face is the last thing on your mind. This Micellar Cleansing Water could be the convenient solution using nothing but a cotton pad and this bottle (lazy beauties rejoice!). This is a great step for cosmetics especially when the science checks out with the cleansing properties of micelles and moisturising properties of the humectants you can’t go too far wrong!

This hypoallergenic solution is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types and perfect for on-the-go days. One thing is for sure – this product is super simple. And it comes with a super-simple price tag too. Reviewers on the Boots website give this one 5 stars, so it looks like many of you are already convinced. We never thought we’d see the day when we’d stop washing our face as part of the daily routine but Garnier you have yourself some wipe-away cleansing water converts!

You can get hold of this cosmetic bag staple for yourself HERE!

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