The Problem with Micellar Water

What does Micellar Water do?

This is a form of skin cleanser designed for the removal of light make-up through the action of chemicals added to water.

It is composed of micelles, small lipid molecules suspended in water which, ironically, can leave the skin dehydrated over time owing to the alcohol or other astringent components.

What are the Micellar Water Side Effects?

Common side effects and disadvantages of Micellar Water use:

  • Dryness and Irritation - This can lead to skin irritation, redness, and a compromised skin barrier.

  • Acne - can leave a residue on the skin that blocks pores  

  • Allergic Reactions - can cause allergic reactions or skin sensitivities (rash / soreness / inflammation)

  • Eye Irritation - even when promoted as safe for removing eye makeup

  • Accelerated Ageing - Stripped away skin barrier exposes skin to UVA light and premature skin ageing

Does Micellar Water damage the skin barrier?

Yes - Micellar water strips away the nutrients and the natural oils that sit on the skin, that would normally keep it hydrated and protected, leading to increased sensitivity and vulnerability to UV light and pollutants.

Can you overuse micellar water?

Yes. Often used with cotton pads, people tend to repeat until the pads are clean. This overuse is damaging to skin because the Micellar water removes the nutrients and the natural oils that sit on the skin, that would normally keep it hydrated and protected. Ironically a sticky residue remains which may attract dirt.

Does Micellar Water Dry Out Skin?

Yes, For all skin types: Normal, oily, or non-sensitive skin, you may only observe dry skin after using it for a couple of weeks. For sensitive and dry skin, you may experience irritation and dryness following the initial use, or after a few applications. 


It's quite literally water with harsh chemicals added that dry out and damage the skin cells. Continued use of Micellar Water will not only dry your skin but it will cause premature ageing. 


The chemicals within it gradually strip away the nutrients and the natural oils that sit on your skin, that would normally keep it hydrated and protected.

Dehydrated and unprotected skin is open to UVA damage, Free Radical Damage and higher risk of Skin Cancer.

Does Micellar Water Clog Pores?

Yes. it can leave a residue on the skin that blocks pores for those prone to Acne. 

Who should not use Micellar Water?

Especially those with skin prone to congestion and acne. Substances in these products tend to leave a coating on the skin, which can obstruct pores and alter the balance of oil production

Can Micellar Water Irritate skin?

Skin irritation and burning have been reported. It seems possible that people who have not previously reported sensitive skin have suffered discomfort and burning skin as after effects. 

Can Micellar Water Burn Skin

Does Micellar Water Burn Eyelids?

The skin around the eyes delicate and could be prone to burning from the chemicals within which gradually strip away the nutrients and the natural oils that sit on your skin, that normally keep it hydrated and protected. Dehydrated and unprotected skin is open to UVA damage, Free Radical Damage and higher risk of Skin Cancer.

How to Heal Micellar Water Burn

Gently wash off any Micellar Water residue. Don't apply makeup. Apply a specialist soothing oil, one that provides intense moisturisation and cooling along with the nourishment needed to help the burn heal quickly .


Your way back to healthy skin involves a few key steps. 

  • First, it's crucial to halt micellar water use.


    It's not suitable for you. Your skin is telling you to stop

  • Focus on hydration and barrier repair


    To heal retinol burn fast, reduce skin irritation by avoiding harsh skincare products and applying gentle, soothing moisturisers. Keeping the skin hydrated and protected from the sun's ageing rays.


    There is urgent need to protect skin from Ultraviolet (UVA) radiation.


    The skin immediately needs:

    • A deep reaching oil to reach the newer (surviving) skin cells which don't yet have the necessary natural protection.
    • Protection against free radical damage caused by UVA rays
    • Stimulated melanin production

Best Moisturiser for Micellar Water Burn

Your skin needs moisturising and deep down protection to get your skin on a fast-track to recovery. This is what the Restoration Serum was created for.


Your skin has suffered a chemical burn and the skin needs the help of oils.


Suitable for all skin types, this is wonderfully soothing to sore skin. It nourishes and moisturises Micellar Water damaged skin.


 It is intensely moisturising and nourishing to damaged skin and reaches deep down for the fastest recovery.

 

Samples available ...

Sample Restoration Serum ~ Treatment Eye Area NES028/S
€9,95
  • 5ml sample size lasts up to 7 days depending on extent of damage

  • Suitable for all skin types suffering from Micellar Water Burn

  • Soothing 

  • Nourishing to skin

  • Intense moisturiser

  • Suitable for very sensitive skin

  • No allergens, no perfumes, No steroids

NES028

Restoration Serum 30ml
€32,95

How Long Does Micellar Water Burn Last?

Depending upon the severity of the damage and your skin's healing process, it can last anywhere from a few days to upto 3 weeks. During this time you have increased skin exposure from UVA radiation.

Best skin barrier repair after micellar water

Your unprotected skin is open to UVA damage from sunlight and you need that protection back ASAP.


Pre-Sun UVA Protection Facial Oil 

This Ultra-Sensitive Oil contains neutralising natural oils, which fight against free radical damage caused by UVA rays and stimulate melanin production. 


The oil's molecular characteristics enable it to reach deeper than a cream to protect the skin where it is so urgently needed.

 

Samples available ...

€4,95
  • Suitable for all skin types suffering from Micellar Water Burn

  • Stimulates melanin production

  • Intense moisturiser

  • Protects from UVA

  • Soothing 

  • Nourishing to skin

  • Deep reaching repair

  • None of the harsh spf50 chemicals

What do dermatologists think of Micellar Water?

Is micellar water bad for skin?

Micellar water can strip the protective skin barrier, thus accelerating the UVA ageing process.

Sarah McGarry is a skin care educator

"... it's good as a pre-cleanse,  but will attract dirt and leave a residue behind...."

 

  • Micellar water can strip the protective skin barrier, thus accelerating the UVA ageing process.

Sarah McGarry Skin Care Expert 

A Better Way - After the Burn has healed

Natural Elements offers a facial oil as natural alternative to Micellar Water for use after the Burn use has fully healed


This blend of vital oils, combined with a triple-action brightening complex, protects the skin from the primary causes of ageing. 


The formulation, offers superior protection against free radical damage. 


Contains none of Micellar Water's burning ingredients so ...

  • No more Burn

The infusion of orange, grapefruit, and patchouli ensures dead cells are removed harmoniously, promoting cell regeneration and revealing a radiant complexion.


What can I use to substitute micellar water?

Natural Alternative to Micellar Water


Eliminate your need for a Micellar Water or Micellar Toner and replace with our Natural Clarifying Face Wash. 


An invigorating blend of Aloe Vera and Cellulose Gel will be actively repairing and soothing to the skin whilst combating irritation and sensitivity.


The Cellulose Gel which delivers rich antioxidants to help protect your skin against environmental damage and provide anti-ageing protection.
 

Samples available ...

Sample Clarifying Face Wash NES009/S
€4,95
  • Remove all ingrained dirt

  • Remove heavy face and eye make-up

  • Tighten the skin

  • Neutralise Free Radicals

  • Reduces redness & Soothes irritation

  • Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory

Best Rehydrating Face Wash


Eliminate your need for a Micellar Water or Micellar Toner and replace with our Natural Face Washes.


A light, easy to use, hydrating cellulose gel wash. 


This anti-ageing facial wash cleanses the pores, removes make-up and firms skin without leaving it tight and dry.


Enriched with potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory oils, this wash leaves the skin hydrated, soft and firm to touch.


Samples available ...

Sample ~ Rehydrating Face Wash 3ml NES015/S
€4,95
  • Remove all ingrained dirt

  • Remove heavy face and eye make-up

  • Tighten the skin

  • Effective Hydration

  • Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory

  • Neutralise Free Radicals

It's time

to move away from skincare products that contain synthetic or petroleum-based chemicals which can:

  • Damage skin 

  • Strip away protection

  • Scar and cause sudden or premature ageing

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our Natural Anti Ageing Oils and Serums plant compounds which  

  • Soothe, repair and nourish your skin

  • Reach deep down to surround new-forming cells to protect them

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