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Micellar Water, Milk, or Cleansing Oil: Makeup Removers to Choose From.

Micellar Water, Milk, or Cleansing Oil: Makeup Removers to Choose From.

Contrary to popular belief, the choice of makeup removers is not to be taken lightly. Whether a cleansing oil makeup remover, a milk, or gel, each formula has its advantages and disadvantages depending on your skin type. It's also important to know which ingredients to avoid. Our Typology experts tell you all about the best way to read labels.

How to Choose Your Safe Makeup Remover.

For beautiful skin, makeup removal is an essential step. But for it to be 100% effective, you need to pick the right product for your needs. Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice:

  1. Consider your skin type:

    Because every skin has different needs, it's essential to consider the fragilities and strengths of your own, so you can pick the correct and safe makeup removers. While an oil-based makeup remover or balm are ideal for all skin types, micellar water is more effective on oily skin. Milk, on the other hand, is more suitable for dry skin, which requires rich care products to rebuild its hydrolipidic barrier and meet its need for fats. Finally, gels are more suitable for normal to combination skin, thanks to their balancing and purifying action. 

  2. Know the pros and cons of each formula:

    As with all cosmetics, makeup removers also have their share of advantages and disadvantages:

  • Cleansing oil:

Contrary to appearances, oil does not leave a greasy film on the epidermis. It can therefore be used by skins with an oily tendency. However, you should choose a cleansing oil makeup remover based on a non-comedogenic vegetable oil, such as sweet almond, hazelnut, or jojoba oil. Furthermore, makeup removal oil is highly effective for removing all, even waterproof makeup types, which are particularly resistant. Beware, however, of dry, sensitive and reactive skin, where this type of makeup remover should be avoided as it must be removed with water. These skin types tend to react to limescale. 

  • Cleansing gels:

These gels can purify the skin without damaging its protective barrier. Lightweight and easy to use, they were originally only suitable for normal to combination skin, as they were essentially composed of surfactants, which have the particularity of being drying. Today, however, they also contain moisturizing agents such as aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. They are now suitable for dry skin. The only drawback of makeup remover gels today is that they are not very effective on waterproof makeup, where they are partially removed by the makeup remover gel.

  • Cleansing milks:  

Cleansing milks can remove makeup and impurities without having to be rinsed off with water, and are particularly appreciated by dry and sensitive skin. In addition to removing makeup, they moisturize the skin without aggressing it, thus reinforcing the cutaneous barrier. On the other hand, they do not meet the needs of combination to oily skin, which tends to find them too rich.

  • Micellar water:


Made up of small particles of surfactant, also known as micelles, which attract both oil and water, micellar water is suitable for all skin types, although it is more suitable for combination to oily skin. Nevertheless, it can tend to dry out the skin. In fact, its famous micelles remain active on the surface of the epidermis and may prove too astringent if you have atopic skin and a consequently more fragile cutaneous barrier than normal. In this case, remember to rinse your skin. Moreover, micellar water is not very effective against waterproof makeup.

Choose Certain Ingredients.

Whether it's for your inner health or that of your skin, there are certain ingredients you should pick so that your makeup remover can become part of your beauty routine without counter-productive effects. Safe oil-based makeup removers should be made from plant esters or unmodified vegetable oils, such as sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, hazelnut oil, etc. Vegetable esters are common fractionated oils (coconut, rapeseed, palm, etc.), i.e., they have been stripped of their heavier constituents and fragrances in a gentle chemical process. The result is very light, highly penetrating, silky-smooth natural lipid fluids. These esters liquefy the formula, enabling it to emulsify more easily and thus facilitate makeup removal. In fact, plant esters are lighter and less difficult to rinse off than unmodified plant oils. Examples of plant esters include caprylic/capric triglyceride derived from coconut oil, or isopropyl isostearate derived from rapeseed oil.

When it comes to the surfactants found in micellar waters and makeup-removing oils, opt for those that are gentle and oily, such as PEG-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, poloxamer 184 or polyglyceryl-4-oleate.

And Avoid Others…

Like creams, serums and lotions, makeup removers can also contain ingredients in their formula that are harmful to skin and health. Among the five major elements to avoid are: 

  1. Sulfates, which are used to lather the formula with agents similar to those found in household products.

  2. Silicones, which provide immediate comfort on application but end up clogging pores, due to their wax-like structure.

  3. Phthalates, chemical components that are hazardous to health.

  4. Parabens, which disrupt the endocrine system. 

  5. Mineral oils, derived from petrochemicals, which have no virtues for the skin and are comedogenic.

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