What is Micellar Water?

What is Micellar Water?

Makeup artists, celebrities and the fashion industry have relied on micellar water for years. This seemingly-magic cleansing water can save you time, revolutionise your skin care routine, and help you care for your face like never before.

How does micellar water work?

While micellar water might look and feel just like regular water, it actually contains millions of molecules, called micelles.

Micelles are microscopic oil molecules that draw and trap dirt, makeup, and excess sebum.

When you apply micellar water to a cotton pad, the micelles act like a magnet. They perform a triple function in a single wipe:

  1. Clinging to the cotton pad
  2. Collecting and removing all the pollutants and impurities from your skin
  3. Replacing impurities with purified water and added hydrants


Your skin is left feeling naturally fresh and soft.

Why is micellar water great for your skin?

  1. No rinsing required

    Unlike other makeup removers and cleansers, you don’t need to rinse it off.

  2. Eye-friendly formula

    It is ideal for removing even the most stubborn makeup from your delicate eye area

  3. Gentle on your skin

    Micellar water is perfect for all skin types. It has the properties of a toner, but unlike harsh soaps or alcohol-based solutions, it doesn’t:

    • Strip your skin of its essential oils
    • Upset the pH balance
    • Dry it out

  4. Time, fuss and space saver

    Micellar water turns a lengthy make-up removal session into a process that takes a matter of seconds.

    When you’re on the go or packing for a holiday, lighten your load by replacing your toner, make-up remover, and cleanser with a single bottle of micellar cleansing water.

What to look for when buying micellar water

Not all micellar waters are created equal. Many formulas have added ingredients designed to sooth and moisturise your skin even further.

NIVEA’s Sensitive Caring Micellar Water contains a B5 pro-vitamin and lightweight grapeseed oil that leaves even the most sensitive skin feeling fresh, clear, hydrated, and youthful. Check out these NIVEA micellar water reviews and see why Australian women love it as part of their daily face care routine.

The history of micellar water

When it was first developed in France, micellar water was designed as a way to avoid using their notoriously hard water supply.

Hard water has a high mineral content of calcium and magnesium. It can dry out skin, block pores, and upset your skin’s delicate balance, leading to redness, blotchiness, eczema and acne.