01 Jun The Laziest Way to Cleanse Might Be the Best Way
Even the most religious skin care fanatics can admit that cleansing can be a pain. For me, it requires pulling back my hair and slapping on a thick headband before standing over a tiny sink with zero water pressure while I try to splash enough water on my face to get rid of makeup and cleanser. It gets old really fast and it takes forever (I’m really impatient). That’s why I’ve opted for the lazy, less time-consuming route by ditching traditional face wash in lieu of micellar water. It’s been months since I’ve used a regular cleanser so you could say I’ve officially ditched the sink and running water. Instead, I wash my face with Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water ($8.99) and my skin has never looked better.
Micellar Bonus: if you’re ever feeling too tired, lazy, or…umm..drunk to wash your face at the end of the night just grab a cotton pad and the micellar water of your choosing and wipe away the day. You can even do it in bed. No running water necessary.
The way micelles work is quite scientific and a bit much for my brain, but I’m going to try to explain it. Bear with me. Here we go: A micelle is a molecule cluster. One end of the molecule loves water and the other hates it. Sworn enemies from birth, tragic really, but not for us. When added to water micelles form a sphere that hates water on the inside and lurves it on the outside. When applied to skin, the sphere opens up and grabs everything except for water before it closes again. Weird, I know. But that’s what makes micellar water better than your typical cleanser. Micelles are like magnets for all the junk lurking on your skin.
How many times have you washed your face only to look in the mirror and see traces of makeup? It’s frustrating. Traditional cleansers dissolve bonds, making it easier to wipe away dirt and makeup, but you have to put in the extra effort to ensure it’s actually removed from your face and not just being pushed around. Micellar cleansers, on the other hand, work like a vacuum. They suction up everything besides water from your face. Basically, they do the work for you, leaving your skin thoroughly cleansed.
So here’s the gist: Whether you want to slash the amount of time you spend on your skin care routine or you’re the type of person who dreads washing their face, I highly recommend trying out a micellar cleanser. You can use it every day or just from time to time. There are a lot of different options on the market to choose from but they’re all essentially the same. Instead of dropping a lot of cash on a micellar cleanser I opt for one of the affordable drugstore versions from Garnier. All can be used for makeup removal, though one of them is specially formulated to remove waterproof makeup. They work amazingly well on any skin type, including sensitive, to gently cleanse your eyes, lips, and face. I promise they’ll leave your skin looking dewy, fresh, and ready for the next part of your skin care routine.
As mentioned at the top, sometimes we come home and we’re a little too tired, tipsy, or not in the mood to do our entire regimen. Using a micellar cleanser is the easiest, best thing you can do for your skin before nodding off to sleep even if you don’t do anything else. It’s also great if you’re in a hurry in the AM. Keep a bottle and some cotton pads on your bedside table, you’ll thank me later.