I’ve been thinking of getting my skin glowing again, but I can’t afford true rich girl skin. Before I break out a complex 12-step skincare routine cleansing, exfoliating, toning, masking, and moisturizing, I decided that some research on the most persistent beauty trends was in order.  Over the next few posts, I will give a quick and dirty low-down on some fundamentals, serums, facials, eating for your skin, and the best natural, cheap, miracle, and customizable things to do to get ready for summer, when that no make-up make-up really makes sense.

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Starting at the top, cleaning your face seems like a pretty simple process, but for the past two years a surprisingly consistent trend has been to not wash your face with water at all.  Micellar water has been the answer for bloggers, make-up artists, and fashionistas everywhere.  A micellar cleanser is supposed to act as a make-up remover, cleanser, and toner all in one, but after some research, let’s clear up the misconceptions.

 

WHAT IS MICELLAR WATER?

  • The lazy girl’s solution to make-up removal
  • A rinse-free facial cleanser touted as the fastest and least aggressive way to clean skin and remove make-up
  • Surfactant molecules (micelles) suspended in water
  • A fancy way to market what is essentially a mild non-foaming cleanser
  • Fairy dust
  • Backlash against the 12-step Korean skincare routine

Answer: All of the above!

 

SUPPOSED TO DO

  • Eat away make-up and dirt without stripping moisture
  • Streamline your skincare routine by removing the step where you put water on your face
  • Remove impurities from the skin
  • Thoroughly cleanse your skin before you go to bed

 

ACTUALLY BEST FOR

  • Removing surface grease, dirt, and make-up before hitting the gym
  • As a travel companion
  • A quick touch-up of your skin before reapplying make-up (it was originally used by make-up artist’s backstage at fashion shows)
  • Washing your face during the morning but only after a thorough cleaning at night
  • As a final cleaning step

 

SURPISING

  • Use on a Qtip to clean up edges of eye make up
  • There are some DIY options for beauty mixologists, here’s one
  • Originated from France to combat the effects of using the country’s harsh water on skin

 

FALLS SHORT

  • For use on oily skin or acne –prone skin.
  • Washing off heavy cover-up foundations, thick eyeliner, glitter, or waterproof mascara
  • Replacing FREE real water which doesn’t contain preservatives or fragrance
  • Thoroughly washing your face

 

INDUSTRY FAVORITES

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The bottom-line is that I might add the cheapest version of this product to my make-up bag as a gym companion since I hate to sweat on top of make-up, but micellar water is hardly the golden ticket to glowing skin!

 

Until next time,

Tola

 

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