If you have a Mum who’s ever nagged at you for not removing your makeup the second you got home, you’re in good company. Sure, pretty much every Singaporean girl – us included! – is well aware that cleanliness is next to godliness (and gorgeousness), but who has the time and energy for a 12-step regime after pulling an all-nighter in the office preparing Powerpoint presentations to wipe off their warpaint?
Enter Garnier’s dynamic duo of Micellar Cleansing Waters, both of which do triple duty by removing makeup, cleansing and soothing your skin in a single step, making them absolute skin saviours for busy working women – and that means you, you and you.
First, a quick primer on this hugely hyped and relatively new kid on the block, which has been the cleanser of choice for a whole host of beauty bloggers the world over since its UK debut in 2014. The main component in Garnier All-In-1 Micellar Cleansing Water are minuscule “micelles”, or oil molecules suspended in a “shell” of water.
These micelles work like miniature magnets, instantly “sucking up” and lifting off the grime and grease on your skin – no harsh rubbing required. And unlike conventional cleansing oils, this next-gen and non-foaming solution leaves the sort of lightweight shine-free finish you’d expect from a water-based product – which means no sticky residue on your skin.
Indeed, Garnier’s gentle versions ticks off every box you would want in a cleanser’s checklist: They’re dermatologically tested, free of fragrance and alcohol, and are generally great for all skin types – even (and especially) sensitive skin. Sounds good, right?
The best thing about Garnier’s All-In-1 Micellar Cleansing Water? Over and above makeup removal, this multi-purpose marvel is perfect for pulling off all sorts of beauty hacks.
Made a makeup boo-boo like say, a stray eyeliner streak? Try this quick-and-dirty – or is that quick-and-clean? – trick on for size. Dip the end of a cotton bud in the micellar water, press the moistened tip onto the smudge on your eyelid, then sweep out and up towards the temples in one deft, decisive move. The micellar water melds with the makeup, instantly lifting it away alongside any grease and grime on your skin. You can then pat in some concealer to cover up the newly smudge-free swatch of skin. Easy-peasy.
The cool lotion-like consistency of this watery weightless wonder is also very reminiscent of the latest trove of Korean toners, and can indeed be used, toner-style – simply pat on with cotton pads, AM and PM, to comfort and condition your complexion.
Another insider trick: Use your micellar water as an express facial mask. Here’s how.
Grab a generous handful of dry facial sheets – any regular cotton pad will do in a pinch – and douse them in your micellar water. When the cotton is wet all the way through, press it onto your face. Twiddle your thumbs for two minutes, then take the pads off. Pat in any excess and proceed with the rest of your regimen. This DIY mask is super refreshing and especially handy for cooling ruddy complexions, particularly in sweltering Singapore.
If you’re out and about most days of the week, consider stashing Garnier’s PureActive Micellar Cleansing Water in your purse for a quick pep-me-up in the middle of the day.
The fragrance-free formula is fantastic for cutting through the grease of oily-to-combination skin, and leaves your mien matte and comfortably clean for the entire day. If you’re grappling with issues concerning excess sebum and shine on your face, this cleanser’s for you.
Happy beauty shopping, and cheers to clearer (and cleaner) complexion!
Garnier All-In-1 & Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Waters, $17.90 for 400ml and $5.90 for 125ml, are available at all leading pharmacies & supermarkets..
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