Is Micellar Water As Good At Cleansing As We Think?

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In the last few years, Micellar water has popped up on beauty shelves everywhere claiming to be the newest and most gentle way to remove dirt and makeup from your face.

Think it sounds too good to be true? So did we! That’s why we put Micellar water to the test to see if it could hold up against our Olive Oil Cleanser. Before we break down our results, we wanted to explain a bit more about what micellar water is and what it claims to do.

What Is Micellar Water?

cleansing, oil cleanser, micellar water, skin care, best practices for skinMicellar water is a clear liquid that is usually odorless and colorless and has a similar texture to water. Micellar water claims to have many benefits, like being great for sensitive skin. Many of the micellar waters we found also boasted about the fact that they are free of soaps and detergents, but we found that was sort of misleading, considering they have different types of chemicals in them that act the same way as a soap would.

How We Tried It

micellar water, skin care, cleansing, oil cleanser, skin care tipsWe followed directions to apply micellar water to a cotton pad and use that to wash our face at the end of the day. Throughout the day, we had used makeup, sunscreen and had been outside where pollution and dirt could have entered our pores.

After wiping our faces down with the cotton pad, we could see some makeup and dirt had been wiped away but we couldn’t help but feel that our skin wasn’t completely clean.

The Verdict

cleansing, south beach skin lab, oilve oil cleanser, skin careWe couldn’t get over the feeling our skin wasn’t clean so we actually took some of our very own Olive Oil Cleanser and used it on the cotton pad to wipe down our face again.

To our surprise, there was even more dirt and oil on the second cotton pad (check out the photo above!) meaning that the micellar water didn’t live up to the promise to completely cleanse your skin of makeup and grime.

Because micellar water lacks some of the components needed to really dig deep into pores and cleanse, don’t go throwing your cleansers out just yet…

Could this be an easy quick fix before the gym or while traveling? Sure! But we absolutely would not recommend it as your only cleansing option for the entire day. Based on our test, it leaves dirt and oil still trapped in pores and if left there, it can lead to breakouts, enlarged pores, and deeper wrinkles so stick with your Olive Oil Cleanser to make sure your face is as clean as can be!

We’re Busting One Of The Biggest Myths About Moisturizers

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There is so much information available about skincare that it’s hard to know what to believe. For us at South Beach Skin Lab, our mission is to not only provide you the results you’ve dreamed of but to also educate you to make the best decisions for your skin.

Since knowledge is power, we’ve decided to bust one of the biggest myths in skincare to make sure you’re armed with the most accurate and up to date information when it comes to your personal routine.

Myth: You Skin Can Get Addicted To Moisturizer

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Truth: Skin cannot become physically or psychologically addicted to moisturizer in the way a person can form an addiction to a substance.

In order for your skin to keep looking as vibrant as it did when you were younger, your skin needs hydration.  Getting older means your skin naturally dries out and most of the time, it’s your brain convincing you that you NEED cream instead of letting you acknowledge that your skin simply thrives when properly hydrated.

What happens is your brain becomes accustomed to seeing you a certain way. Your skin looks visibly healthier and younger when you’re taking care of it properly and you are likely just noticing the difference on days you skip your routine.

What some people will assume is an “addiction” to their moisturizer is really just a dependence. When your skin is accustomed to a quality routine, it knows when it’s lacking nutrients and it reacts by accentuating wrinkles and dark spots.

Looking to cut out using a daily moisturizer? While we don’t advise it unless you’ve got an extremely oily skin type. If that’s the case, apply your cream only in the mornings and make sure you’re still cleansing twice a day with a nourishing cleanser like our Day & Night Olive Oil Cleanser.

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If you’re looking for a long moisturizer, you want to make sure it’s as powerful for anti-aging as it is for hydration, so you can get the most out of a single application.

A day and night option like our Repair & Release Cream uses peptides like Matrixyl 3000 to erase wrinkles while you sleep and ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter help keep skin nourished and glowing all day long.

 

What is the craziest skin care myth you’ve ever heard? Share it with us in the comments below!

Three Things To Never Do If You Have Dry Skin

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Dry skin is one of the most common skin types and can affect people of any age. Dry skin is often characterized by lack of hydration in the skin which leads to flakes or rough and red spots on the face.

Living with dry skin can be very manageable and easy to deal with if you know what triggers your skin and how to avoid it. If you suffer from dry skin, here are three things you want to avoid at all costs in your daily routine.

Don’t Cleanse Twice A Day

cleansing, wash your face, dry skin, Skin types that are drier have a tendency to dry out even more if they’re over-cleansed. With dry skin, you want to try and limit cleansing to once a day and we highly recommend washing at night.

This allows you to remove makeup and dirt from the day and let your skin balance it’s natural oils while you sleep. Also, make sure to avoid foaming cleansers at all costs as they dry out the skin much more than an oil-based cleanser like our Olive Oil Cleanser. 

Don’t Wear Heavy Foundation

foundation, makeup tips, skincare tips, Makeup is a great tool to help you look and feel your best on days when your skin won’t cooperate. While using makeup to enhance your looks isn’t harming your dry skin, heavy makeup can actually make your dry skin look and feel worse.

Skip the foundation and find a great tinted moisturizer or BB cream that enhances your skin tone and provides ample moisture at the same time. Make sure to also avoid powder products that can cake into fine lines and draw attention to flaky skin.

Don’t Expose Skin To Extreme Heat

hot shower, dry skin, steamWhile in the winter months it may seem like a great idea to have a long hot shower, it’s actually harming your skin and make it drier than it should be.

When showering or washing your face, avoid hot water at all costs. Instead, opt for using a washcloth with luke-warm water to remove makeup or rinse off your cleanser.

Lukewarm water will be less extreme on your skin and instead of shocking it with unexpected heat, it will keep your skin more balanced and your moisture levels even. If you find that your skin is dry even after a warm shower, apply your Repair & Release Cream directly after your shower to provide your skin some extra hydration.