This Really Works: Micellar Water From the Drugstore

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Every dermatologist touts the importance of hydration, so perhaps it’s no surprise that water is one of the trendiest ingredients popping up in skincare products. Micellar water, a no-rinse, soap-free cleanser created in Paris in the 1990s, has become the latest “it” product thanks to its easy application and gentle nature. One luxury version called Bioderma is an industry favorite, often spotted in the kits of makeup artists who need to remove and reapply cosmetics in a flash. But the pricey French import has some new competition. If you want to know what the fuss is all about (and trust me, you do), you can pick up a bottle of Simple Cleansing Micellar Water for $8 at CVS. is already backordered.

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Perhaps the reason micellar water is such a hit is because it works on all skin types—from oily, acne-prone skin to dry, sensitive skin like mine. Unlike many cleansers and makeup removers that strip moisture from your skin and leave it feeling tight, the formula is designed to be delicate and hydrating. Just apply the solution to a cotton pad and wipe everything away—no greasy residue left behind. I’ve tried the fancy French versions and found that Simple’s affordable mass version works just as well, removing even waterproof mascara with ease. Simple’s ultra-hydrating formula contains triple-purified water, which removes skin-irritating contaminants, and vitamin C and pro-vitamin B3 to soothe and soften skin.

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Whether you’re experiencing a harsh polar vortex or ultra dry air, everyone’s skin could use an extra dose of moisture. And what better than a multi-tasking product that can cleanse your skin and remove makeup, too.

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