Wednesday, 9 January 2013

La Roche Posay Micellar Water Cleanser

Up until now I hadn't been too bothered about micellar water cleansers, despite them being raved about on many a blog and You Tube video.  They just didn't appeal to me for some reason. I felt  eye make up remover and/or a makeup wipe, followed by cleansing was enough. I also assumed they'd be really harsh against my skin, which isn't overly sensitive or anything, but there was just something about these products that made me a little dubious.

After getting a bit lazy with my skincare, and sometimes just using a wipe to remove my make up before getting into bed, I decided to give these micellar waters a go.  While on a recent trip to Boots, I had a look to see what they had to offer in this department.  I didn't want to buy it online for now, as I wanted to actually 'see' the product first, with it being something totally new. Although there were a few to choose from, there were obviously none of the more well known ones such as Bioderma. After much deliberation, I went for the La Roche Posay Solution Micellaire Physiologique.  This set me back around £11 for 200mls, which seems about the going rate for these products.

I've been using this for quite a while now. In fact, since taking this product pretty much as soon as I bought it, I've now almost finished the bottle. This particular one is targeted to those with sensitive skin and while, as I said before, my skin isn't all that sensitive,  I wanted something that I knew wouldn't be too harsh.  It has a really gentle formula and doesn't feel at all harsh on my skin like I had feared.   The smell is quite delicate and pleasant; I can't quite put my finger on what (if anything!) it smells of, but it's quite sweet yet not at all overpowering.  To use, you simply pour some onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over your face.  I've found it useful to use the larger cotton wool pads for this, as it saves using two or three pads each time.  Plus they also seem a bit more durable  I picked mine up from the baby section in Boots for about £2.50.

This cleanser does a really good job of removing my make up, although a few tiny scraps sometimes remain if I've been wearing a lot of eye make up.  I usually follow up with my No7 hot cloth cleanser though, so this isn't really an issue for me.  Plus it removes a hell of a lot more than a make up wipe would, so on the odd night I've skipped a second cleanse, I haven't felt too guilty!  That said, I don't want to get into the habit of  doing this every single night, as I can't see it giving my skin a thorough cleanse.  But as a quick fix after a long day, or a night out, it does the job well enough for me.  It leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed, and leaves no residue at all.

All in all I'm glad I finally caved and ventured into the world of micellar cleansers and would definitely recommend giving this particular one a go, especially if you have sensitive skin or, like me, were a bit dubious that they'd be a bit harsh.  How it compares with similar products, I can't say as this is the only one I have tried, and as much as I like it I don't know if I would repurchase straight away simply because there's so many micellar cleansers out there and now I've tried this one, I want to try them all!

Which micellar water cleansers are you loving? Do you recommend any? Let me know!

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