15/9/I’ve updated this post with better drawings and a better explanation of how micellar water works.
With a bottle of Bioderma’s Crealine H2O sold nearly any 6 seconds worldwide, Micellar water is taking off in a big way, and celebrity endorsements from Kylie Minogue and Gemma Ward.
What is micellar water and how does it work?
The story starts with handy molecules called surfactants. These have a hydrophilic end that’s attracted to water, and a lipophilic end that’s attracted to oils and grease. Actually, the hydrophilic end is also known as the head and the lipophilic end is also called the tail, for reasons that are hopefully obvious. So here’s a question. You know how oil usually floats on water with a clear line in the middle, and splashing water on your makeup doesn’t do much? Well, surfactant molecules can bring the oil and water worlds together so everything can be one happy family!
While sosomething bubbles up, there’s an ideal chance it contains surfactants, Surfactants are the most important ingredients in soap, shampoo, detergents and that sort of thing -they also happen to be good at making bubbles.
How they make oils/makeup soluble in water is summarised in this diagram. Tails grab hold of the makeup and oils, when you wipe it over your skin. It’s quite likely that you’ll need to go over your face a few times, especially if you’re wearing heavy makeup, since the little tails can only grab onto a lot oil.
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