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Jonzac, Bioderma, Uriage: 3 Different Micellar Waters

3 Different Micellar Water Products & A Blind Test

February 4, 2014

Many people still have no clue as to what makes micellar waters so special. But I am obsessed.

In a previous blog post, I detailed the science behind micelle molecules. It’s actually quite fascinating, so go forth and read up on The Magic Of Micellar Water.

Today, I thought it would be fun to show you 3 different micellar products that I’ve been using. And then do a comparison of them with a blind test.

These products are of the French Pharmaceutical variety. Literally, I had someone visit my favorite pharmacies in Paris and bring them back in a suitcase.

Two of them are almost impossible to find outside of France, making them très précieux to my little quivering heart.

Jonzac, Bioderma, Uriage: 3 Different Micellar Waters

From Left To Right:

1) JONZAC Rehydrate Micellar Water For Sensitive Skin
2) BIODERMA Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution For Sensitive Skin
3) URIAGE Make-Up Remover Water For Normal To Combination Sensitive Skin

Take note of how different brands have different names for them. From micellar water, to micelle solution, to make-up remover. But whatever name you call it, all micellar products essentially do the same thing: remove impurities from the skin without irritating it.

Though they are targeted for sensitive skin, they prove useful no matter your skin type.

I mainly like to use micellars as my makeup-remover. My nightly routine begins with wiping off makeup and impurities from the day with a micellar soaked cotton pad.

Yah, I know what you’re wondering… “Why not just use regular ol’ makeup-remover?”

Well, my leery friend, micellar waters are formulated to cleanse without disturbing the skin’s natural pH balance. 

Some of the best micellars that I’ve tried are made with thermal waters, which boast of soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. 

These claims are hard to substantiate, but my positive experiences with micellars makes me a staunch believer that they have special, albeit subtle, magical  properties.

Not all micellars are created equal though. And here, I will attempt to describe and show the main difference between these 3 micellar products.

JONZAC Rehydrate Micellar Water 

Jonzac Rehydrate Micellar Water

This one contains the thermal spring waters from the Jonzac region of France. It can be used daily to cleanse sensitive, dehydrated skin.

It was developed and tested with a view to minimizing allergic reactions. It’s suitable even for babies and children.

My experience: This cleanses without drying out the skin. I like to use this one in the morning. Normally, when I just wash my face with regular tap water, my skin tends to feel dry and taut several minutes later. But when I follow up with this, my skin feels comfortably balanced.

The smell is very light and fresh. It does not irritate the eyes whatsoever. In terms of quantity, you get a lot more for around the same price as the others.

Ingredients: Water*, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Betaine, Sodium Levulinate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Unde ylenate, Fragrance, Lactic Acid.
* Jonzac Thermal Spring Water
** ingredients sourced from plants
** ingredients sourced from organic farming
Natural and organic cosmetic certified by ECOCERT. 

BIODERMA Sensibio H20

Bioderma Micellar Water

Bioderma’s Crealine Micellar Water is THE cult beauty staple among top makeup artists around the world.

The Sensibio is an even gentler version of the Crealine (though I never even thought that was necessary). Obviously this is for people with SUPER sensitive and reactive skin.

My Experience: The scent, which can be best described as “clinical,” is very light and subtle. It’s non-irritating to my rather sensitive eyes.

After cleansing, my skin feels comfortable, retains its natural balance and does not feel dry or tight.

Ingredients: Water, PED-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Cucumis Satifus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Bromide

URIAGE Makeup Remover Water

Uriage Micellar Water

Uriage micellar water is made with the thermal water from the Uriage Springs near the foot of the French Alps.

Thermal waters are naturally rich in minerals and trace elements, which enhance the skin’s ability to repair itself.

My Experience: I love the light, floral scent. For whatever reason, this one feels slightly cooler (and therefore quite soothing) on the skin.

As with the other micellars, my skin feels comfortable and retains its natural balance. It also effectively removes stubborn eye-makeup without causing irritation.

This was the first micellar water I’d ever tried.  I actually got it for a beauty swap, but ended up keeping it and using it. The beginning of a beautiful love story!

Ingrdients: Water, Uriage Thermal Spring Water, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Cetrimoniom Bromide, PED-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract

THE MAKEUP “LIFT” FACTOR: A BLIND TEST

Ok. You could say that these 3 micellar products are hardly different from each other. They all work pretty much the same way.

They do, however, differ in one significant aspect: their ability to “lift” or remove makeup.

To show you what I mean, let’s do a blind test!

I will show you three images.

In each image, a different micellar product was used to remove make up.

I used four cotton pads, starting with the one on the left and ending with the one on the right.

Product A, Micellar Water Blind Test

Product B, Micellar Water Blind Test

Product C, Micellar Water Blind Test

For the above images, I tried my best to apply the same types and amount of makeup. But since these photos were taken weeks apart, it may have happened that I put on a little more mascara during one trial (ahem, as was obviously the case with Product B).

The most important thing is to look at how much makeup was removed with the first cotton pad and compare that to how much makeup was left on the last (4th) cotton pad.

Based on this criteria, I think we can all agree that Product C comes out the worst.

But when it comes to telling which product comes out on top, Product A or Product B, things are a little less clear.

The trickiness comes from the amount of black mascara on Product B’s first cotton pad, which makes the difference between the 1st and the 4th cotton look more dramatic than it actually is.

So to level the playing field, let’s make the 1st cotton pads disappear…

Micellar Water Blind Test

Micellar Water Blind Test

Now let’s compare Product A’s cotton pad 2 with its cotton pad 4. Then compare Product B’s cotton pad 2 with its cotton pad 4.

What do you think?

I think the difference is much more evident, making Product A officially the best at removing makeup!

Actually, from experience, I know Product A is the winner.

But if you think I’m being biased, there is another blogger I know who actually participated in a real blind trial. Her conclusion and that of 99 other bloggers matches mine.

And just for fun, I’m not going to reveal to you which one is Product A. Bwahaha!

If you are burning with curiosity, then go read The Micellar Blind Trial via Jo’s blog Patent Purple Life.

You’ll see, the winner is none other than Product A.

In Conclusion

Micellar waters are great for:

– Removing makeup
– Washing your face without having to wash your face (great for cleaning your face in the middle of the day)
– Keeping your skin’s natural balance
– Cleansing eye-makeup without any irritation

On very rare occasions, when I am just too tired at night,  I sometimes very quickly cleanse my face with micellar soaked cotton pads.

It’s the only way I would ever, EVER allow myself to go to sleep without first washing my face.

 

p.s. To help you narrow down which one is which, Product C is the Jonzac Rehydrate Micellar Water (womp, womp…)
My Skincare Routine

My Current Skincare Routine

April 8, 2013

If you’re curious as to what my current skincare routine looks like…

This Is It:

My Current Skincare Routine

It’s pretty basic, actually.

Ok, you might not believe me from just looking at the photo. But allow me explain.

These products can be broken up into 4 basic categories:

1) Cleansers
2) Moisturizers
3) Toner
4) Exfoliation

My Current Skincare Routine: Cleansers

The MIA 2 Clarisonic Brush: A sonic cleansing system that oscillates back and forth at over 300 movements per second. Also doubles as my exfoliation product. I wrote a review about it here.

Melvita Apicosma Cleansing Cream: This is a rich and gentle cleansing cream that has served me well throughout the winter. This cleansing cream works really well with the Clarisonic. I’m really happy with this one and I also carry this in the Ziba Shop.

Uriage L’Eau Demaquillant: This is an excellent makeup remover that you can find in many french pharmacies. I use this for the delicate area around my eyes and for the days when I don’t use the Clarisonic. It’s great for removing stubborn waterproof eye makeup.

My Current Skincare Routine: Moisturizers

Thémis Eye Contour Smoothing Gel: I can’t believe how long this eye gel has lasted me! I’ve had this since last August. I don’t use this one often because it does not work well under makeup during the day. But it’s excellent at moisturizing the delicate skin around my eyes during the night.

Andalou Naturals Facial Lotion with SPF 18: This has been my absolute favorite daily moisturizer for almost 2 years now!! To find out why this daily protective moisturizer rocks so much, you can read my review of it here.

Eau Thermale Jonzac Light Moisturizing Cream: From the sorry state of the tube, you can tell I’ve been trying to squeeze out every last drop of this cream. This is a really nice light cream that I use mainly at night. It keeps my skin hydrated and matte at the same time.

My Current Skincare Routine: Toner

Sanoflore True Rose Floral Water: If you’ve never tried spritzing some rose floral water on your face, you must! It is absolutely delightful.

Rose has purifying properties. And as a toner, it is non-alcohol based so it does not dry out the skin. I love how rose floral water leaves my skin feeling refreshed, dewy and comfortable.

 My Current Skincare Routine: Exfoliation with the Clarisonic Brush

The Mia 2 Clarisonic Brush: I love my Clarisonic more for its exfoliating abilities than as a cleanser. I’ll explain more in another post where I follow up my first impressions of the Clarisonic with a second look.

MY ROUTINE

In the morning... I wash my face with water. Nothing else. Then I follow this with my sun protective moisturizer, Andalou Naturals Daily Facial Lotion with SPF 18.

In the afternoon, to freshen up my skin, I spritz some Sanoflore Rose Floral Water.

At night, I dedicate the most time caring for my skin. I cleanse by first removing my makeup with Uriage L’Eau Demaquillant. Then I wash my face with Melvita’s Apicosma Cleansing cream. I follow cleansing with moisturizing my eyes with the Themis Eye Cream. Then I moisturize my face and neck with Jonziac Light Moisturizing Cream.

Every third night… my routine changes slightly. I still use my makeup remover, but then I follow this with cleansing and exfoliating with the Clarisonic brush.

The Clarisonic primes the skin to be ready to receive skincare products. So this is actually when I like to follow up with a more potent product, like a serum or retinol. Then I follow up with my usual Jonzac light moisturizing cream.

So you see… my skincare routine really is quite simple after all.

Most of the times, my skincare routine involves only the most basic essentials: a cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliation and a toner.

I wait every third night to bring out the big guns: mainly the Clarisonic, my serums and my retinols. Even then, I make sure to use only one of the more potent creams. I don’t like combining them together.

When I run out of a product, I may switch to a different brand. But the product I choose will still serve the same basic purpose.

In this way, my skincare routine has stayed pretty consistent for the past four months.

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What about you? What is your skincare routine like? How is it similar or how does it differ from the one I just described?