The French “No-Soap” Way To Cleanse

If only you’d known this earlier


When it comes to beauty, French women have a certain je ne sais quoi that make them seem effortless yet polished at the same time.

The secret to their glowing and hydrated skin is a fuss-free one, too: Micellar water.

Also known as cleansing water, Micellar water seems almost magical. It’s soap-free, doesn’t require rinsing off and can remove makeup and impurities simply with a swipe of a cotton pad doused in the fluid.

So what is it exactly? The cheat sheet version – it’s a liquid that contains tiny oil molecules to dissolve dirt, oil and grime without drying out the skin. 

The one-stop-wonder is a quick-fix lifesaver for late nights when you just want to hit the sack. And that means you no longer have reason not to remove your makeup before bed.

Here are five to try:

From left: Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Top Secrets Toning & Cleansing Micellar Water, $69; Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser, $37.70, from Watsons; La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, $32.90, from Watsons; Caudalie Cleansing Water, $35, from Sephora; Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution, from $14.90; from Guardian.

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