How Micellar Water Saved My Skin (Dry Skin Fixes-Part 1)

I’ve been chasing after my skin’s lit-from-within glow for a while now, so I thought I’d do a beauty series about how I got my complexion back on track. I’ve had oily-combination skin all my life, so when my skin type changed to dry and sensitive, it took me a loooong time before I figured out which skincare combos to use.

My bare skin now and a little brow. Finally feeling like my glow is starting to come back!

My bare skin—saved with the help of micellar water—and a little brow. It’s still kinda dry, but you can see what it looked like last month here—red, dull, and kinda splotchy.

So my first plan of attack was to save my dry skin was to switch to a non-foaming facial wash. The only problem? Creamy cleansers make me feel like I’m not getting a good-enough clean. Could be my imagination, but sometimes, I feel like there’s still dirt and bacteria mixed with the residue I feel after I rinse or wipe it off.

That's why I was so happy I found this in my stash! It's La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water, P>>>.

That’s why I was so happy I found this in my stash! It’s the La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water.

I know, I know. You’re probably wondering what the heck micellar water is…and what’s it really supposed to do anyway? *cracks knuckles* Well, let me tell you! Micellar water is made up of micelles (they’re tiny balls of oil molecules) suspended in soft water. They work like a magnet that can draw out impurities and makeup without drying your skin or stripping it of essential moisture. It’s been around for at least a century—possibly even longer—and French women first started using it when the water in Paris became too harsh or dirty for their skin.

Micelles work like a magnet to draw out impurities and makeup without drying your skin or stripping it of essential moisture.

When I first encountered micellar water, I thought it was just a makeup remover. But after more research, I realized that it can double as a cleanser and moisturizer, too.

What makes La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water different is that it’s powered by marine micelles that lift away surface impurities and pollutants. It also contains the legendary Miracle Broth, a magical beauty elixir, that’s formulated with hand-harvested sea kelp and other minerals to help boost your skin’s moisture, radiance, and regeneration skills.

According to the website, you're supposed to use it as a makeup remover or cleanser that you don't have to rinse off. But I broke the beauty rules and used it as a toner instead. 

According to La Mer’s website, you’re supposed to use it as a makeup remover or a no-rinse cleanser. But I broke the beauty rules and used it as a substitute for my toner instead.

I heard about a Korean skincare technique called “deep cleansing” recently and I was fascinated by it. How it works: After you double cleanse using your makeup remover and facial wash, you follow it up with micellar water. This way, you’re sure that your skin is impeccably clean without the dry or tight feeling!

Thanks for saving my skin, La Mer!

Thanks for saving my skin, La Mer!

Let me be honest with you: The first time I used La Mer, I was in my mid-twenties and I was very unimpressed. I tried the serum, eye balm, and even the A-list approved cream…and nothing. No dramatic skin changes, no J.Lo glow, nothing. I think that’s why I was so surprised by the results now. It’s sooo good! But then again, I’m in my mid-thirties and probably need their famous Miracle Broth more than I used to. And guys, I really felt like it was a miracle when my skin began to transform! Haha! Here’s what went happened:

  • On Day 1, I went in with zero expectations. I just wanted really clean skin at this point. I couldn’t use a toner or moisturizer since my skin was too sensitive, so I opted to use the La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water (only at night) to get that extra clean after using my non-foaming facial wash.
  • On Day 3, I noticed that the right side of my face was looking extra glowy. The downside? I also noticed that the left side of my face had a few breakouts EXACTLY on the same spot where the redness was. I used the product one last time that evening and spot-treated the acne with this zit buster until it went away.
  • After resting my skin and just using a facial wash for about 3-4 days, I went back to La Mer’s Micellar Water. Why? It’s expensive and I wanted it to work! I was hopeful that it was just drawing out impurities like it said it would. And besides, the glow that appeared on the other side of my face was amazing and I wanted it back.
  • The day after using it, I noticed more red splotches on the left side of my face. This time around, it was on top of my cheekbones. I spot-treated the pimples again and repeated the whole cycle. After resting my skin for about 3 days, I went back to La Mer.
  • And voilà! Now, I use it regularly and don’t breakout. It has purged my skin of whatever underlying impurities it had and helped me get my glow back. My skin’s texture improved the more I used it and it was starting to look younger, too. As for dryness? I was happy that my skin didn’t feel as tight before. I still wasn’t using any moisturizers regularly at this point (only sunscreen in the morning or a light layer of Embryolisse if my skin really feels dry).

So now…I’m screwed. Haha! Because I’m a fresh La Mer convert and have become a huge believer in their legendary Miracle Broth, I’ll have to save up to make sure I can buy their moisturizer next. Or at least, keep this luxe micellar water habit alive (the bottle’s US$90 a pop!). I know it’ll be worth it though. Your skin is the best investment you can make, beauty-wise, so I don’t mind hustling to keep this skincare addiction of mine going.

The winning combo that got my skin back on track: one drugstore and one luxe beauty find.

The winning combo that got my skin back on track: one drugstore and one luxe beauty find. Who says you can’t mix and match?

Now that I think about it, I feel like using La Mer’s Micellar Water to remove makeup is a little too extra for me. But if you plan on using it as a skincare solution, then that’s what makes it worth it and that’s when I’ll encourage you to buy it! Hehe! (P.S. If you do decide to invest in this product, make sure you always close the cap tight! I cried when I knocked it over and spilled the precious drops all over my dresser.) Oh, and in case you wanted to try the whole Korean “Deep Clean” Routine, here’s my step-by-step guide:

How I Use Micellar Water To “Deep Clean” My Skin

Step 1: Remove all makeup with cleansing oil or makeup remover wipes.

Step 2: Wash face with a non-foaming facial wash or a cleanser of your choice.

Step 3: Place a few drops of micellar water on a cotton pad to gently wipe away leftover dirt, oil, and makeup.

Now tell me—how’s your skin doing? Share your dilemmas below, so I can help you find the best solutions! ♥

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