Pick the right micellar water for your skin type

How the cleansing solution can benefit you

Beauty Crew Editor / May 25 2017

Ever since micellar water was introduced to the world, it’s been making waves as the go-to cleansing and makeup removing solution, and it’s not hard to see why. 

Micelles, the active cleansing ingredient found in the water-esque liquid, act like magnets to attract dirt, impurities, dirt, oil, and makeup, meaning that there’s no need for vigorous rubbing to effectively cleanse your skin. 

But did you know that on top of it being an efficient makeup remover, you can actually get added benefits from your micellar water if you pick one that’s suited to your skin type? Garnier has just released two new micellar waters in addition to the original, meaning you can now find a one better suited to your skin type. 

So here’s how to choose the right Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for you. 

Skin type: Normal to dry

If your complexion doesn't seem to be particularly oily, and is pretty resilient to most ingredients, the world is pretty much your oyster when it comes to picking your micellar water. 

It does, however, pay to ensure that you maintain the balance of your skin by using a formula that will properly cleanse and remove makeup with ease, while keeping it nourished and hydrated. 

If your skin tends to be a bit on the dry side, one of the biggest fears is that a makeup remover will dry out your skin even more. Luckily, micellar waters tend to be free from astringents and other ingredients that can leave skin feeling tight or even drier. 

It’s still a good idea to look for a formula that’s soothing and moisturising for skin, as this will help maintain the texture of your skin and ensure any dryness is kept under control. 
Try: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Normal to Sensitive Skin   

Skin type: Oily/combination 

If you suffer from shine – whether just around your forehead, nose and chin, or all over – your goal should be to regulate that excess oil. 

While removing your makeup and cleansing impurities, your micellar water should also actively work to remove the extra oil that’s troubling you, as well as mattify your skin to leave it soft, smooth, and shine-free. 
Try: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Combination to Oily Skin 

Skin type: Acne-prone or prone to imperfections

While the gentle nature of micellar water will benefit those who have skin prone to imperfections by not causing any flare-ups, finding one with added skin care benefits to treat problem-skin will work wonders for your complexion. 

By using a formula that can help reduce the excess oil that can lead to pimples and breakouts while still caring for your more problematic skin, you can help fight and prevent imperfections while gently cleansing your skin and removing the day’s makeup and dirt. 
Try: Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water for Skin Prone to Imperfections 

Skin type: Sensitive

If your skin tends to be quite reactive, you’ll need to look for two things in your micellar water: a gentle, perfume-free formulation and one that requires no rubbing and excessive wiping. 

On an ingredient level, the perfume-free nature will ensure that your skin will be left feeling soft and soothed after cleansing, and by using an efficient formula that removes makeup with ease, you’ll be minimising the chance of irritating your skin by vigorous or repetitive rubbing. 
Try: Any of the three above Garnier Micellar Cleansing Waters as they are all suitable for sensitive skin.

Best for normal, dry & sensitive skin

Best for combination to oily, & sensitive skin

Best for skin prone to imperfections & sensitivity

Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.