Battle of the Cleansing Waters

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cleansing, or micellar, waters are like the lazy girls dream come true, its one step up from face wipes so you feel slightly more adult but its still just as simple.

In short, micellar waters remove makeup and cleanser the skin without the need for water, but the science of it is actually pretty impressive. Micellar waters are named after the molecules, micelles, they contain; the composition of these molecules make them perfect at sucking in and trapping dirt.
Best Health Mag described them as "the swiffer of skincare".

The price of these miscellar waters can vary greatly so i thought i'd pit two from opposite ends of the price range against each other. (just wanted to note that both are vegan- yay!)

Starting at the lower end of the price range, the B. Pure Micellar Water from Superdrug is £2.48 (regularly $4.99) and available at the drug store Superdrug in the UK.

This stuff has a great slip to it making it great at taking off your face makeup and even waterproof eye makeup without too much rubbing involved. Its that same slip that leaves your skin feeling clean, but not tight or dry like some can.

I've used this to remove heavy face makeup and have found it really does remove every last bit.

Leaves my skin feeling clean and toned so all i need is a light moisturizer afterwards.

I give this one a 5/5, i was tempted to only give it a 4 since its a UK product and i can't get it here but thats my problem :/

Onto the pricier option, the REN Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water is available for $25 at Sephora. 

I found this one very hard to use around my eyes, not because it wasn't gentle enough, but because it just did not take all of my eye makeup off. It did a good job on my face and left it feeling clean and toned; you can definitely sense the rose ingredients because it feels very soothing.

It didn't quite take off heavy face makeup as well as the B. one and i think its because it just didn't have the same slip to it.

Personally, i'd use this first thing in the morning just to freshen up my skin and remove oil or i'd use it after using a cleansing wipe just to remove any last bits and to tone and sooth my skin.

When i used this around my eyes without makeup on them, i found it left them feeling primed for my eye cream so i tend to use it as an eye toner now... maybe thats weird, but thats its new designated job.

Good for very light makeup removal or as a refreshing cleanse on bare skin. I give it a 3/5.

Generally i do find that higher end skin care does make a difference and is worth it but of course there will be some exceptions. I also think that UK drugstore skincare is of better quality than what we have in the US, sadly.

What are your favorite drug store and high end skin care items?


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