We’re all about micellar water and we’re certainly not alone. Originally from France, this basic makeup remover/facial cleanser hybrid has been super popular for years thanks to its ability to gently get rid of grime without leaving your skin feeling squeaky clean (read: tight and dry). You can count on micellar water to do its job and do it well thanks to tiny little molecules called micelles that do all the work of lifting away makeup and dirt on your face.
While the most simple of skin care products can be effective, sometimes basic is boring. That’s why many brands are creating souped-up versions of micellar water featuring super trendy ingredients like charcoal and coconut oil. Beyond that, some brands are adding micelles to everything from makeup remover wipes to shampoos.
Piqued your interest? Good! Here are nine cooler than cool micellar-powered beauty products that are anything but blah.
E-Rase Milki Micellar Water, $28 at Drunk Elephant
Drunk Elephant’s new micellar water boasts ceramides, plant oils and vitamin E, giving it a milky texture. The powerful blend nourishes skin while gently getting rid of any and all makeup and dirt.
100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Micellar Water, $9.99 at SheaMoisture
Coconut oil has major moisturizing and soothing properties. If you have dry skin, then you know that even the gentlest of makeup removers can leave your face feeling a bit uncomfortable. This take on micellar water is packed with a variety of ingredients (shea butter, coconut oil and coconut water) that pump up the moisture while you remove your makeup so you’re not left with flaky skin.
SkinActive Micellar Foaming Face Wash for Oily Skin, $6.46 at Walmart
Real talk: When you have oily skin, micellar water sometimes doesn’t offer quite as deep a clean as you need to keep your face from getting overly shiny. This micellar foaming cleanser has an oil-free formula that’s particularly suited to those who experience midday grease on the reg.
One-Step Micellar Gel Makeup Remover, $22 at Bluemercury
Cool your complexion at the same time as you take your foundation and mascara off with this gel makeup remover that relies on micelles. It’s loaded with calming ingredients like cucumber, aloe, coconut and green tea extracts, while papaya extract brightens.
Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Hydrating, Anti-Aging, Makeup Removing Micellar Wipes, $14 at Ulta Beauty
What do you get when you combine micelles with towelettes and an anti-aging serum? These pre-soaked wipes that remove makeup, clean skin and work to make you look younger. Talk about a skin care triple threat.
Body Wash Micellar Water Pack of 3, $27.90 at Amazon
Together, two skin care basics (body wash and micellar water) are anything but. As well as Dove’s proprietary moisturizing cream and cleansing micellar water, this product ups the body wash game by soothing environmentally stressed skin.
Thick & Full Shampoo, $4.99 at Target
We were serious when we told you earlier that micellar-infused hair care products exist. And they do more than just nix buildup from your strands. If you’ve got fine hair, then listen up. This shampoo, which features micellar technology, also contains glycerol for a more voluminous look.
Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire Shampoo, $45 at Sephora
Bring luxury home with you with this fancy-smelling, silicone-free shampoo. While micelles cut through buildup, Amazonian Brazil nut oil supplies nutrition and Thai rice bran oil nourishes plus protects strands from external aggressors.