Dr Debunks: Is Micellar Water Really Worth The Hype?

Dr Debunks: Is Micellar Water Really Worth The Hype?

Back in the 19th century the French
woman in Paris were famed throughout the globe for their amazing skin. However its
industrialization occurred the water became not so great, it led to impurities
the skin suffered and it became dull. Out of this mess came micellar water! the
greatest invention for skincare possibly of all time, and I’m here today ladies
and gentlemen to talk to you about the great invention that is micellar water! Hello I hope you enjoyed my snazzy intro
there welcome to my new series Dr Debunks. In this series we’re going to be
talking about beauty myths and misconceptions and exploring whether or
not things are always what they seem. If you don’t know my name is dr. Sarah
Tonks I work in medical esthetics and I’m a genuine bonified ER doctor
you’ll find me on the medical register should you wish to do so I also have a
diploma in cosmetic science from the Society of cosmetic scientists and one
in dermatology as well. So I guess you could say that most of the time I know
what I’m talking about. Usually Micellar water is basically micelles which are this, its a bit sciencey so sorry, It’s something which has got a
hydrophilic head and a hydrophobic tail which kind of aggregate round in like a
globule like this. So they’ll have all their hydrophobic tails pointing inwards
and all the hydrophilic heads around the outside we will do a graphic about this
because it’s a little bit complicated but they look basically look like these
little spheres and these micelles they act as surfactants. Surfactants are
things which lower the surface tension between two surfaces which means that
you need to use less energy basically to transfer something from one place to
another. Let’s not get too technical with the micellar water but
that’s essentially what they do. And it’s a mixture of oil in water. Now normally
if you traditionally try to mix those two things together they’ll end up
separating so you’ll have your oil at the top and then your water at the
bottom, but these micelles with the fancy way that they have the bit that loves
oil in the center and the bit that loves water around the outside means that they
can cohabit and exist peacefully together for the benefit of your
skincare. First thing, is micellar water good or bad for your skin?
I think speaking very very generally it’s good for your skin and here’s why.
So if we’re using products which contain a lot of alcohol or we’re destroying our
skin’s barrier function by using a lot of water and maybe soap for example, if
you’re someone like me who used to have acne or sometimes I get dermatitis. So I
do suffer with perioral dermatitis when you use something like in micellar
water because you’re not having these negative impacts on the barrier function.
I found that I’ve had a lot fewer flare-ups, so from that point of view I
think definitely good. From a practical point of view with micellar water you
have to put it onto a cotton pad so it is a bit of a pain if you’re traveling
and you know maybe you’re one of these people who likes to just use wipes and
go because with this you’ll need to take separate pads with you. I have tried it
with tissue it doesn’t seem to work as well all the tissue kind of gets filled
up and bunched up and it kind of just destroys the whole sheet so it really
does have to be a cotton wool pad. Do you have to wash your face after you’ve used
micellar water? Well I think the jury is definitely still out on this one I think
it depends on how sensitive you are to the surfactants inside the micellar
water so, if you’re somebody who gets very irritated skin extremely easily you
may well still need to rinse off the micellar
water once you’ve applied it on the cotton pad. But let me tell you this it’s
really really cool to use so you just get yourself a cotton pad you whack that
micellar water on and even if you’ve got makeup on it we’ll take that right off.
It’s amazing so maybe you’re traveling you’re going to a festival or something
there isn’t enough water around for you to actually wash properly this could be
the solution for you. Makeup wise, if you’ve got a lot of heavy
eye makeup on or you’re wearing waterproof makeup it’s probably not
going to come off with micellar water, so you’ll probably still have to use a
separate makeup remover for those two places. But everything else, foundation
just comes straight off. Can you use micellar water as a toner? Great question
Sarah let me answer that for you so I would say depends what you like to have
in your toner. So I like to have an acid toner. I’ve just started using the pixi
glow tonic which I am loving right now so I wouldn’t want to replace my toner
with a micellar water. I see it more of something that helps you take your
makeup off or something that you use when you don’t have access to water or
maybe you’re not wearing makeup at all and you just want to very click quickly
clean your face before you then put makeup on you can also use them to touch
up small areas of makeup. So you can just put a little bit on a cotton bud if
you’ve got a tiny bit of eye makeup that’s out of place and you just want to
correct that so it’s really really good for that but, because it doesn’t contain
the acids that I like to see in a toner I would have to say no unless you’ve got
a good reason not to be using acids. So say you’ve got eczema or psoriasis or
they just don’t agree with your skin in which case the answer may be yes. But I’m
only / combination so you have to do much right for you.
Which micellar water do I like to use? I know that’s what you’re all thinking
well Bioderma that Old Faithful with the pink cap.
This one is probably the one which is the most widely used. It’s the most
talked about online, a lot of makeup artists talk about this as well because
it’s easy for them to change their clients makeup between sheets.
Don’t be confused between this one and the Garnier version which also has a
pink top which has got very very different ingredients. And I haven’t
actually tried the Garnier version myself yet but I am told that it’s very
irritating, so I would definitely go with the Bioderma. Next up this one I’m trying
at the moment it’s Avene now as you’ve probably seen my French is not great so Eau micellar. That’s French of all micellar water. This
one is good if you have got an oily skin type as it has something in which
regulates sebum production. I found myself out of the two – I preferred
the classic Bioderma. I do think this one might be a little
bit too stripping for most people which then can lead to overproduction of sebum
another good one would be the Simple micellar water if you guys have heard of
that one. We’ve got a premium products here now which is the RHA micellar
solution from TEOXANE. Now if you didn’t know – TEOXANE are a
company who also produced dermal fillers so they make a hyaluronic acid dermal
filler called TSL and one of their ranges is called RHA in an injectable
dermal filler and this micellar solution actually contains the same hyaluronic
acid as is in their filler so it’s the same but obviously it’s not in a syringe
and you can’t inject it into your face. It’s just kind of free in the liquid and
the idea behind that is that it stops it from dehydrating and drying your skin
out too much. I do use this in the clinic sometimes as a prep so if somebody comes
in with quite a lot of makeup on obviously we have to take that off first
for infection control reasons. So I’ll take it
off with Johnson baby white first and then use a bit of this afterwards to
really make sure that the skins very clean and then I’ll do the surgical prep
afterwards. So I do really like this I think it’s a really good product but it
is quite pricey. I think if you’re looking for something that’s kind of
sitting in the middle of the road I definitely go with the Bioderma. So to
sum up ‘Is micellar water worth the hype?’ I’ve got to tell you yes it
definitely is worth the hype from my perspective. It’s definitely changed how
I clean my skin at the end of the day, how I take my makeup off. You do have to
make sure that you get the right one for you.
I think if you’re just entering the market now when you’re just looking for
an all-rounder I’d probably go with a Bioderma. Sorry if that’s a bit boring
but you know it’s a good price point, it does what it says on the tin and it’s
my pick of the day. Okay so that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the episode!
Join me again next week were I’m going to be talking about sheet masks. Are they
worth the hype? If you’ve tried any micellar water or if there’s something
that you’re dying to get off your chest about it, let me know in the comment
section below and don’t forget to Like comment and subscribe… have a great day!


  • John Smith says:

    informative! Cant wait for more vids to come!

  • Sally Smith says:

    Hilarious. Keep it up!

  • Canadian says:

    amazing video!!!!

  • Vanluna 75 says:

    Love your videos !!! Thanks for sharing this information!!!

  • Francis wintour says:

    Make a video of bio oil

  • Old and Still Here says:

    Just discovered you and am so glad I have! Thank you for these wonderfully entertaining and informative videos!!😘

  • J D says:

    I can't sleep…and who do I click on for viewing first…??? The doc 🤗

  • clare pickering says:

    Awesome sauce, helpful as always….* clicks on Amazon types out Bio….*

  • Sharon S says:

    Really as a toner? No way it's got surfactants in it…that can't be good…can it? Loved this video😁💗

  • Susan O'Brien says:

    I agree with what you say, they can be very useful. However, I'm not finding any of the ones I've tried very good with mascara removal. Bioderma's, Garnier pink and orange tops, Superdrug's B. Pure and Cosmetics A La Carte's Total Lift Off – my personal favourite and the best I've used. However, removing mascara with any of these still leaves me with panda eyes in the morning.

  • Laura Streeter says:

    Love your channel but I have to disagre with the "water after industrialization" statement from the book you read. Prior to industrialization, the water supply was not sanitized at all. The water in London and Paris and most other larger cities was a thing of horror. The Thames and the Seine carried corpses, dead dogs, feces, rats, bats and all sorts of dreadful things. It spread infectious diseases, typhoid, dysentery, tape worm and any number of awful sicknesses. Generally in the 19th centruy, prior to the invention of water sanitation, people avoided drinking water like the plague. (pun intended) Common folk drank beer, and lots of it! Gallons of the stuff. In the process of making beer it's boiled, thereby killing all the bad stuff. The upperclass drank wine which is also sanitary. Nobody drank water, it was filthy, disgusting and crappy and taking a bath in it wasn't exactly a joyful occasion.

    Being from the London area you might know about The Great Stink of 1858. If you aren't you should google it. It's a real hoot! LOL! Here's a short video on it. Geeze, the guy has a very annoying voice though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD7nRrSH_VE Thanks for letting me comment. Carry on. :))

  • Mary Jane Erard says:

    You’re a nut. Lol.

  • radicallytubular says:

    I use micellar everyday and I generally rinse after. After washing my face for the last 22 years, it just feels right to rinse.

  • Sheri A says:

    I have a YouTube friend who used to Rave in every video about bioderma. She would buy it in mass quantities. So finally, on my first order from beautylish, I decided to try it. I don't get it. It doesn't do much for taking off makeup and it makes my eyes horribly red the next morning. 🙁

  • RPS Trust says:

    This stuff was ritating to my very delicate skin. Sounds like it is magic, I will try again. Great video,
    Somewhere in Silicon Valley.

  • Sandy Beach says:

    Great info… thank you. I’m using Nivea micellar water and the wash after ( double cleanse). I love it!

  • Nicole Ernst Boris says:

    My personal preference to take off makeup is a cleansing balm as a one step removal system. I follow up with a gel based cleanser. However, in the morning if I just want to quick cleanse and rinse it is great. I always rinse off, just to be sure my sensitive skin isn't bothered. I like the Simple water boost one.

  • J Hoffmann says:

    Great explanation with stupendously cool graphic. Eau micellaire was pronounced with near precision.

  • J Hoffmann says:

    Wondering what you think of Body Shop Aloe Vera big pot of cream.

  • cyantulip says:

    Please don't apologize for getting technical and explaining the science behind the marketing. I, for one, wouldn't be here if I wasn't seeking that knowledge.

  • doombuggy123 says:

    I still don’t understand what they’re for after watching this. “They’re for removing makeup but they don’t do a very good job and can cleanse the face but you still have to wash your face afterwards. Great if you don’t have any other water available for a proper wash. So yes BIG thumbs up.” …….what?

  • doombuggy123 says:

    Do you use affiliate links?

  • Heather Stacie says:

    f**king hilarious! You are a great storyteller😄

  • Sunfish OutOfWater says:

    Highly recommend Marcelle’s & Lumene’s Micellars, both of which are also cruelty free (which Bioderma &Simple are not). Personally I don’t use micellar water in a daily basis but there are definitely times they come in very handy so I do like to always have one on hand.

  • KD says:

    Even after this explanation, it still sounds very gimmicky.

  • Modest Energy says:

    Cleansing oils are way more effective and a lot of them are fragrance free. Oils and balms are cheaper too and last longer

  • littleblackpistol says:

    The Garnier micellar water burned my skin with one application and I always rinse after using any kind of cleanser. It gave me two large patches of eczema on my cheeks. Thanks, Garnier. L'Oreal made a good micellar water that didn't upset my highly reactive and weirdly rosacean and atopic skin at all but it is really hard to find for some reason, haven't seen it in shops around me for a couple of years. Shame, it was nice to take my make-up off with. I have oily but dehydrated skin prone to eczema when aggravated by bad products, rosacea and in 2011I had a major year-long battle with severe seb derm combined with a terrible painful roascea flare that resulted in a lot of dermatologist appointments and drugs. I found the best thing – confirmed by a top NHS dermatologist I saw – for my skin is plain, unscented soap and water, once a day, after removing my make-up with a non-irritating cleanser (right now that means Simple cleanser but I would use the L'Oreal again if I could actually buy it followed by Simple soap or equivalent applied with a soft washcloth). I clean my skin with water and Cetaphil for oily skin in the morning. I use Dermol moisturizer after washing twice a day as my facial skin really doesn't tolerate anything that is not bland, uncomplicated, unscented and mineral-oil based. Plant oils on my reactive facial skin always lead to a reaction eventually. I'm no longer on any meds for any of my conditions as this seems for the most part to keep it all in check.

  • Little Blizzard says:

    I’ve used the CeraVe micellar water and it stings my eyes. It also leaves my skin feeling oily, which is too bad because I’m usually a big fan of their products. I’m trying the sensitive – blue cap- Garnier micellar water and I’ve had zero irritation and my skin feels moisturized but not oily. So far so good 👍

  • Dexter Ortega says:

    Can you also fix your tounge?. Its really hard to listen and watch you.

  • Dana's #1 Fan says:

    I'm a guy and I have rosacea, I use micellar water (bioderma sensibio h2o) as a cleanser I don't know if that's good or bad thing but so far its the only thing that's worked to clean my skin without irritating it , btw I still rinse my face after

  • Clarissa Butelli says:

    the sciencey parts of your videos are the best parts! no apologies and please more!

  • Nida Lloyd says:

    I bought some. It left a weird film on my skin and gave me my first breakout in over a decade.

  • Mama Penguin says:

    Can I use micellar water in place if a face wash, after I use my makeup remover?
    I prefer to double cleanse but I cant find a cleanser that will leave my skin feeling clean but not stripped or not feeling stripped but not clean.

  • Mistress Mars says:

    OK….so if you bought ANY brand of micellar water and are disappointed, don't throw it away! I just cleaned the front of all my kitchen cabinets, with 1/2 cup micellar water and a toothbrush. It cuts grease like a chain saw! Garnier Micellar …utter rubbish for removing eye make up, bloody brilliant in the kitchen!

  • Nicole Osman says:

    I use the garnier micellar water in the green top for oily skin, but I’ve never found my skin irritated afterwards, but interested in switching to a more pure one. What are the “Bad” things in the Garnier formula?

  • Aleksandra says:

    I'd love to hear your opinion on Clarisonic brushes, I got myself one a month ago and my skin has never been so great, I've read some people had bad experiences with it.

  • the artistry the elegance says:

    micellar water has never done me any favours, it makes you think you’ve cleaned your face but it’s done fuck all

    oil and balm double cleansing all the way for me

  • Ya Whatever says:

    LOL that intro tho 😄

  • The Face of 50 says:

    I don't use a toner, my skin is pretty clear, but im now in my 50's. Should i be adding this to my routine?

  • Renesanti Refugio says:

    Micellar water by Marcelle is wonderful

  • B. Alex says:

    Can you talk about french thermal water sprays? Thank you in advance

  • Verena travels says:

    I love Bioderma micellar water. I put it on a cotton wool bud to clean the inside of my shoes. Lovely jubbly. 👠 On my skin I use it to clean up around my eyes. To cleanse properly I need something more heavy duty.

  • Barb Mynott says:

    You look lovely in this presentation !

  • Thelly Shirendal says:

    I never use cotton pads because they irritate my skin. I step into the shower, but before turning on the water, I pour a couple of tablespoons of micellar water into the palm of one hand, then rapidly apply to face with both hands, massaging gently but thoroughly. I then turn on the shower and rinse well. This method works well for me to cleanse without residue, and without drying my skin.

  • Peter Martin says:

    Dr Debunk 😂😂😂😂♥️♥️♥️love it . Yes you sure do know your stuff and thankfully you put it in terms I can understand 🙏♥️

  • tocopheryl acetate says:

    burts bees micellar water works great for me.

  • Tango Lilt says:

    Garnier micellar water I really like it and would not describe it as irritating, but everyone is different. Surprised you hadn't tried it but passed along second hand comment…Other than that great video as always. Big fan 🙂

  • Alli Sea says:

    Hi Dr. Tonks,
    I have enjoyed your videos for a long time but never commented before.
    I highly recommend La Roche Posay micellar water. Initially I purchased this to gently cleanse my face and neck whilst experiencing a bout of hives – which lasted 10 days. I rinsed well afterward. It cleansed my oily/combo skin without irritation. Packaging was not ideal (large plastic bottle with a pump) so I decanted into a small amber glass bottle.
    I have used this whilst traveling on a long car journey (not wearing makeup) and misted afterward with a can of Thermal Water to "rinse", then tissued dry. Freshness on-the-go! I consider this as a "2nd cleanse" product when wearing makeup as I use a cleansing balm to remove makeup.

  • Catherine Bent says:

    I like the Bioderma. Glad I haven’t tried any of the others after your explanation. They would not suit me.

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