The Best Beauty Ingredient to Clean Your Skin and Hair

Here’s why you should be using micellar beauty products to clean your hair and skin. Hint, hint: no itching, stinging or tightness ever.


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Micellar Cleansing Waters

Micellar water products

Photo by Marty Baldwin

Photo by Marty Baldwin

You may have seen micellar cleansing waters in the drugstore beauty aisle—Simple and Garnier are some of our faves. Now micellar technology is expanding and for good reason: it gently yet effectively cleans both skin and hair.  What exactly are these “micelles” you ask? Michelle Henry, MD, Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell, explains:

A micelle is a tiny ball made of mild surfactants which remove oil and dirt when you wipe them across your skin, says Henry. They do so gently without stripping the skin’s moisture.  Micellar water has been used by French women for decades to protect their skin from excessively drying tap water. In addition to the classic cleansing waters, micelles are now being used in gel cleaners, cleansing wipes, sprays and more.

Related: Five Reasons You Should Try Foam Beauty Products

Similarly, micellar shampoos act like magnets for oil, dirt and product build-up in hair, yet don’t dry out or strip hair of its natural oils. This is great for someone who wants to wash their hair every day, says Henry. Think of these like very gentle clarifying shampoos without any conditioning ingredients.

Don’t worry about overusing micellar products—most are super gentle and can be used daily. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see the best new micellar beauty products.

Also see: 5 Reasons You Should Try a Chemical Peel


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Simple Skincare Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes

Simple Skincare Water Boost Hydrating Cleansing Wipes

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Photo courtesy of target.com

Available at target.com, $6


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Kenra Platinum Hydro Gel 13

Kenra Platinum Hydro Gel 13

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Photo courtesy of ulta.com

Available at ulta.com, $22


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Bb.Scalp Detox

Bb.Scalp Detox

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Photo courtesy of bumbleandbumble.com

Available at bumbleandbumble.com, $34


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Comodynes Micellar Solution Spray

Comodynes Micellar Solution Spray

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Photo courtesy of comodynes.net

Available at comodynes.net, $14


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Herbal Essences Blue Ginger & Micellar Water Shampoo

Herbal Essences Blue Ginger & Micellar Water Shampoo

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Photo courtesy of ulta.com

Available at ulta.com, $7


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Pantene Pro-V Micellar Gentle Cleansing Water Shampoo

Pantene Pro-V Micellar Gentle Cleansing Water Shampoo

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Photo courtesy of target.com

Available at target.com, $10


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Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body

Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash

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Photo courtesy of target.com

Available at target.com, $5.50