Earlier this week, I went for a facial, and to my horror , realised that my skin could be clogged due to an inadequate cleansing regime. Being my typical OCD manic self, I of course went on a complete rehaul of my cleansing regime and started digging out all my cleansing products 😀
Micellar waters have been gaining lots of popularity these days. They’re convenient and easy to use, since most of them do away with the need to rinse. (there’s no need to rinse the no-alcohol ones). They’re essentially created so that the miniscule micelle particles floating in the water draw the dirt and makeup out onto the cotton pad, so you can sweep the makeup away. They’re also gentler alternatives to the makeup wipes (yes, the very same ones I’ve been using).
- This comes in a tall frosted glass bottle that’s reminiscent of those used to contain Korean treatment toners.
- The scent is absolutely heavenly – yes, it doesn’t take a genius to guess that it’s scented with roses.
- The liquid is watery like -duh- water.
- It also acts as a skin prepping toner, so after your morning cleanse, you can sweep this over your face before applying your makeup.
- Containing botanical ingredients such as French Damask Rose, Rose of Jericho and Hollyhock, this item (as well as the entire range) is aimed at boosting your skin’s radiance as well as hydrating / keeping it hydrated.
- It cleanses rather effectively (although I wouldn’t say it’s a deep cleansing item – you’ll still need your oils and milks and emulsions for that) – it sweeps away most of the makeup and dirt. I’m pretty sure that there’s still a very slightly inkling of grime leftover, so remember to follow up with a cleansing session (best accompanied by a Clarisonic).
- It leaves no residue / no sticky feeling / no greasy feeling.
- The skin feels refreshed and seems slightly plumped up.
- On days that you’re tired, you can theoretically use this to remove your entire makeup and not rinse – you get leeway cos you’re tired. However, since there’s alcohol in the ingredient list (I take things literally – if it says “alcohol”, I’m gonna assume that it is some alcohol derivative), it might be in the long-term interest of your skin to still drag your carcass out from bed to give it a quick rinse.
Overall: I’d say it’s a pretty okay alternative to the Bioderma SensiBio, especially if you’re looking for something to freshen you up both physically and mentally – it gives a decent cleansing / toning session, and it also has that wonderful aromatherapeutic effect if you’re into rose-scented products.