Even though France tends to get all the credit for micellar water—aka the one beauty product that every single person in the universe loves—we’ve had some innovations with the cleanser stateside, too. Case in point? The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water ($7).
In fact, one bottle of this cleanser is sold every four seconds. It’s literally the number one-selling micellar water in the U.S., despite the fact that we can totally buy French-fave micellar cleansers here now too (like Bioderma or Caudalie). Why is it so incredibly good? Well, Garnier’s micellar wash has all of those lovable qualities that we know and continually turn to micellar cleansers for: It’s gentle, has zero harsh detergents, removes makeup like a pro, and cleanses your skin without drying it out. Oh, and you can get it at your local drugstore for less than the cost of lunch. BTW: Here are a dermatologist’s other picks to buy at the drugstore:
“Micellar water is a super gentle method of cleansing skin,” board-certified dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD, previously told W+G. “It gets its name because it contains micelles which are oil-in-water suspensions that attract dirt, bacteria, and makeup, but gently—without stripping moisturize from your skin.” And, because Garnier’s micellar cleanser so light on ingredients and filled with hydration, even the most sensitive of skin types can use it without irritation.
On Ulta’s website, this cleanser has racked up over 800 five-star reviews, while 73 percent of customers on Amazon rated it as five-star. The proof’s in the pudding, which, in this case, is the happy, clean complexions of thousands and thousands of people out there. Micellar water, you win our hearts yet again.
If you’re looking for more face washing intel, here a dermatologist answers: Should you oil cleanse every day? And this is the Dr. Pimple Popper acne treatment that just uses your face wash and your sink for some breakout-busting magic.
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