|Two empty bottles - a round of applause for me!|
A while ago when my skin was having one of its usual panic attacks, including redness, flaky skin and blemishes, I decided to look out for a very gentle cleanser that wouldn't irritate my skin any further. As I've read many positive reviews of micellar solutions in general I decided to try the Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Makeup Remover (12.53€ for 200 mls).
This is an oil-free, preservative-free and alcohol-free cleanser that basically looks like water.
Ingredients: Avene Thermal Spring Water, Cocamidopropyl Betainamide Mea Chloride, Poloxamer 188, Bisabolol, Fragrance, Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trisodium Edta.
One thing that I don't like about the Avene Micellar Solution is that it contains fragrance - it is very subtle but still why put fragrance in a product that claims to calm the skin and is meant for redness-prone skin; on Avene website they actually claim that: the Pleasant fragrance is tolerated by sensitive skin. Now, I don't know about you but my skin doesn't have a nose and can't distinguish a pleasant smell from an unpleasant smell. Fragrance is fragrance, period.
Rant over, moving over to how the product actually performs. I just used a cotton pad with the Avene Micellar Solution all over my face; I used it only at night to remove my makeup, in the morning I still prefer my cleansing gels. It did good job at removing my makeup although sometimes I woke up with a little bit of mascara left under the eyes. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that it left this annoying sticky residue on my skin. So, after finishing a bottle of the Avene Micellar Solution I decided to try the famous Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution (11.09€ for 250 mls).
This product is very popular with the makeup artists. Combine that with the fact that it's not widely available and you've got yourself a cult product (or a hype).
Ingredients: water (aqua), peg-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, propylene glycol, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, mannitol, xylitol, rhamnose, fructooligosaccharides, disodium edta, cetrimonium bromide.
I have to say I like the Bioderma Micellar Solution very much, more than the Avene. and I will definitely repurchase it. The Bioderma H2O is not fragranced and does a very good job at removing makeup - no racoon eyes in the morning. And it feels less sticky on the skin, although I still use a cleansing gel after it.
So to summarize, the pros and cons of micellar solutions are:
- they are usually suitable for all skin-types and generally they have very few ingredients, which makes them ok for sensitive skins;- the Bioderma H2O removes makeup very well and there is no oily residue that you get with the standard oil-based makeup removers.
- I got through both bottles of Micellar Solutions very quickly; each lasted me about 1-2 months and I used them only at night to remove my makeup;
What is your opinion on Micellar Solutions? Have you tried any similar products from any other brands?