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Micellar Waters Are The French Girl's Secret To Good Skin

French women are famous for their glowing complexions that look healthy with seemingly little effort. Well, we found out their secret and it has to do with skipping facial cleansers. Instead, and if you’re a fan of French pharmacies you might have already noticed this, the French prefer using micellar waters, which gently removes makeup, cleanses and hydrates at the same time.

Micellar cleansing waters contain tiny molecules called micelles, which grab onto and trap unwanted oil, pollution, makeup and dirt so they easily are lifted away, without irritating skin. The result: a hydrated and clean complexion that never looks oily. Another plus, their sheer convenience. You just have to add them to a cotton pad, swipe all over your face and you’re good to go, no rinsing required to prevent dehydration.

Here, our list of the best micellar waters from French beauty brands.

#1: La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra, $32.90
This removes dirt, makeup and pollution particles and is infused with soothing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and hydrating active ingredients to calm skin. It is also free of paraben, soap, alcohol, sulphate and colourant. #2: By Terry Cellularose Micellar Water, $80, Escentials
Great for all skin types, this soft micellar water for the face and eyes gently removes the resistant makeup and impurities, leaving the skin feeling fresh and comfortable. #3: Dior Hydra Life Micellar Water No Rinse Cleanser, $62
This has a subtle fragrance and instantly removes eye and face makeup. It is infused with antioxidant-rich natural Echinacea flower extract and natural moisturising agents to leave your complexion fresh, supple and rebalanced. #4: Codage Paris Micellar Water, $55, Escentials
This cleanses, removes makeup, purifies and moisturises skin. It also moisturises and stimulates skin’s regeneration and natural defenses, detoxifies and fights pollution. #5: Sisley Eau Efficace, $140
This removes makeup from eyes and lips, cleanses and purifies skin and is infused with soothing, moisturising and toning active ingredients. Linden water soothes, pro-vitamin B5 hydrates while neroli extract tones. #6: Guerlain Eau De Beaute Micellar Cleansing Water, $80
This all-in-one solution gently removes makeup and pollutants while toning the skin. Powered by nigella flower oil selected for its antioxidant properties, this purifies, balances and hydrates at the same time. #7: Kenzoki Amazing Cleansing Water, $52
This refreshing water not only removes all traces of makeup, it also cleanses, purifies and tones the skin in just one simple step. It has an energising ginger scent and is infused with hydrating yuzu extract. #8: L'Oreal Paris Moisturizing Micellar Water with French Rose Extract, $20.90
This rose- scented water glides across your skin to strip off the day’s makeup and pollutants with no rubbing or rinsing, it also has anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties to leave your skin clean and hydrated at the end of a long day. Like this? Check out the affordable lip balms under $20 we love, our video with makeup artist Larry Yeo on his August beauty must-haves and the Lancome x Olympia Le-Tan collection is the beauty collab of the season.