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The Best Makeup Remover For Sensitive Skin: Micellar Water

The Best Makeup Remover For Sensitive Skin: Micellar Water


After much of my 20s were spent avoiding stepping outside my apartment without foundation (thanks, adult acne!), there's something supremely liberating about hanging out completely bare-faced. Getting squeaky clean skin isn't always a quick process though—especially after a video shoot. The eyeliner wiggled in between my lashes? Flattering yes, but also likely to linger for days after applying. For that reason I often use a three part cleansing routine: 1. makeup remover on my eyes 2. cleanser all over 3. another round of makeup remover on my eyes and all the nooks and crannies of my face.

That much cleansing could take a toll on sensitive skin like mine but it doesn't because I use micellar water as my makeup remover. Micellar water looks a whole lot like plain water (and in fact it leaves zero residue like regular H2O) but it also includes molecules that are attracted to dirt and oil and take away makeup with a cotton pad. On light makeup days micellar waters can be used in place of any cleanser, and they don't need to be rinsed off afterwards—a major plus for dry skin types. Here are my two favorites:

1. The cult favorite: Bioderma Solution Micellaire Hydrabio H2O

Bioderma has gotten markedly easier to locate stateside in the last few years but you'll still look in-the-know for owning the french product a million makeup artists have stashed in their kits. The brand's Sensibio product is their most well known but I prefer the Hydrabio, which is for sensitive and dry skin. No need to mention you ordered it online—just let them think you picked it up on your last trip to Paris. 

2. The new guy: Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water

Dr. Jart+ is the Korean brand known for their skincare (think BB Creams and sheet masks that target every skin concern) so I was expecting to love this product as soon as it launched this year. I wasn't disappointed: I consistently reach for this after cleansing to get rid of every last residue of makeup and it never leaves my skin feeling tight.