Micellar cleansers: how they work and what they do

If you’ve heard “micellar” before, you may immediately think of micellar waters. In this format, micellar cleaners are commonly known as a makeup remover, but it's time to talk about micellar’s lesser-known superpower—balancing excess oil! While it has gained recognition for its makeup-dissolving abilities, micellar cleansers are also an amazing ingredient for combatting excess oil. We’re breaking down what micellar cleansers are, how they work, and introducing you to our new Raspberry Micellar Toner, specially made using the oil-balancing benefits of this incredible ingredient. 

What actually are micellar cleansers?

Before we dive into the oily skin benefits, let’s start with the basics. Micellar cleansing ingredients are tiny spheres of gentle surfactants. “Micelles” refers to the spherical structure attained by these surfactants, made of hydrophilic (water-loving) and hydrophobic (water-hating) molecules. When micellar cleansers are applied to the skin, the water-loving hydrophilic portion of the molecule is attracted to water, while the hydrophobic portion is drawn to oil and other impurities.   

Micellar cleanser’s lesser-known superpower

While in some formulations they work like magic to remove makeup, micellar cleansers also tackle something many of us deal with—excess oil. Micelles are attracted to, pick up, and lift away dirt, excess oil, and impurities without stripping skin. By cleansing away excess oil, micelles help to balance your skin's natural oil production and reduce excess shine. Think of them like a microscopic cleanup crew for your skin!

Why we love it

One of the things we love most about micellar cleansers is their gentle nature. Unlike some harsh cleansers that strip away your skin's natural oils, leaving it feeling tight and dry, micellar cleansers leave skin feeling balanced. Its ability to cleanse without disrupting your skin barrier is why we absolutely had to include micellar cleansers as a hero ingredient in our Raspberry Micellar Toner. This alcohol-free formula gently balances excess oil thanks to micellar surfactants while rice ferment and raspberry oil soften skin and lightly hydrate.

How to use it in your routine

We absolutely love a multi-purpose product and Raspberry Micellar Toner is no exception. You can use it many ways: as an oil-control facial toner after cleansing, as a hair rinse in between shampoo days, to target certain areas on the body, or as a post-workout refresh. This product is primarily a toner for post-cleansing, but will be able to remove light facial makeup (although we wouldn’t recommend this toner for eye makeup removal).

In conclusion, micellar cleansers are a powerful tool for oily skin. Its gentle yet effective cleansing properties make it a must-have for those seeking to balance excess oil. With our Raspberry Micellar Toner, which harnesses the benefits of micellar cleansers, you can now incorporate this versatile ingredient into your skincare routine. Whether you use it as a toner, hair rinse, or post-workout refresh, this gentle approach to oil control will leave your skin feeling refreshed and balanced.