Micellar Water Challenge Conclusion

Micellar Water

It hardly seems like it, but a month has already passed since I took part in a Micellar Water Challenge. At that time, I also issued that same challenge to you readers – eschew your makeup wipes, and try using micellar water for your makeup removal needs as well.

How My Skin Feels

In a word, my skin feels awesome. Since I started removing my makeup with Micellar Water instead of using a makeup wipe, the skin on my cheeks has retained more of its moisture. Combined with my normal exfoliation routine, my skin is doing pretty well – less flaky skin around my nose. Finally, I’ve not needed to use quite as heavy a hand with moisturizers.

Also, no fragrance! Dear skincare companies, please please stop adding perfumes to facial skincare products. Thanks.

Cost Considerations with Micellar Water

Using it exclusively, I’ve used about half of a bottle of the Garnier Micellar Water I wrote about. The Swisspers facial cotton is wonderful but it seems like I discovered them on the cusp of their discontinuation. That said, now that I know about that sort of cotton, I can find something else like it.

I use 2-3 to take off makeup in a usual day (I may need four if I go hard and do a full face – and I mean full, with highlight and winged liner – but that is the exception, not the rule in my daily life) and I will sometimes use one in the morning to refresh (I don’t wash my face with cleanser in the AM). So far, I expect the $4-5 pack to last me about a month and a half. I expect a bottle of the Garnier Micellar Water ($6) to last me about two months (unsure of the Simple, I’m evaluating that next!).

Over six months, that means my cost is about $26, or $4.33 per month. That isn’t a significant savings, but considering how much better my skin feels, I’ll take it.

Waste Reduction

I am now only tossing 2-4 1″ x 1.5″ cotton pads (read: biodegradable) soaked with micellar water. Before, I was throwing away 1-2 woven cloths made of who-knows-what that may or may not biodegrade. So, as I guessed, my waste has decreased.

I actually have some makeup removing microfiber cloths, and I’d look to using them – but as I lack a washing machine, I’d need to own a LOT of them to get me between laundromat trips.