This no-rinse anti-pollution cleanser made me break up with my micellar water


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Even though I’m a stalwart for the double cleanse, I still like to swipe something over my skin afterwards (yes—that’s a third swipe we’re talking) to make sure there’s absolutely zero trace of the day left. I’ll usually rotate between my dependable acid toner (#P50forlife) or micellar water, but now all I want to use is my Odacite Blue Aura Cleansing Water ($39).

Not only is it appealing because of its Miami Beach ocean-blue color, but this cleansing water is truly a no-rinse face wash (… unlike a lot of micellar waters, which dermatologists actually say should be removed afterwards. It’s a concoction of skin-boosting ingredients that swirl together to remove your makeup, pollution, and any other debris while leaving your skin really fresh and soft.

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The base ingredient is aloe vera (not water!), which gives you the most gentle foundation, and then there are the Ayurvedic herbs like turmeric, neem and holy basil that work detoxifying magic on your skin. This trifecta, along with the cleansing water’s gently exfoliating salicylic acid, are especially helpful for breakouts and blackheads. To top it all of, it even has micelles in it… so that takes care of your makeup removing efforts.

I haven’t even told you about the smell yet. The scent of this potion is an intoxicating, earthy fragrance mixed with, well, just the scent of clean. It even kind of smells blue, if you know what I mean. It’s divine, and once I am done wiping it over my face via cotton balls, my skin looks brighter, dewy, more even, and like it just got its own aura cleansed. Thanks to this product, my skin can withstand NYC’s air and still look healthy… which says a lot.

Pro tip: These are the best drugstore face washes to stock up on for the rest of your cleansing routine. Also, should you oil cleanse every day? Derms say… not so much. 

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