My love affair with micellar water is well documented, and I regularly credit the stuff for helping my skin rid itself of chronic dry patches and uneven skin tone. In case you’re new to the term, micellar water is a liquid that looks and feels exactly like plain old H20, but it’s made up of gentle microscopic oil molecules called micelles suspended in soft water that attach to dirt, grime, makeup, and other gunk your skin sucks up. But instead of foaming and stripping your complexion like soap and cleansers, micelles dissolve the bad stuff, while keeping the good stuff on your skin intact.
The irony: Micellar water doesn’t require actual water to work, so there’s no rinsing allowed. This essentially means you can be the laziest woman on earth and still get the benefits of washing your face in under a minute, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: You can be even lazier, thanks to the fact that brands are now selling disposable micellar wipes. I’m not advocating phoning it in when it comes to scrubbing your mug, but—as someone who would rather just fall into bed after bingeing on all 13 episodes of “Kimmy Schmidt” (and drinking that extra glass of wine, fine), I’m all for the occasional shortcut.
The newest kid on the block is Clinique’s version, which launched this month at Sephora and works like a champ to remove dirt and light makeup, but other winners are French-girl favorite Bioderma Sensibio H2O and MILK Makeup’s new towelettes that are individually wrapped, which is wrapped and come in particularly handy at the gym or when a quick makeup change is needed.
You also might have heard (or, like me, are tired of hearing) about how French women live and die by micellar water, and—thanks to France’s harsh H2O—never let tap water touch their faces. Unless they bathe in the micellar water, that’s pretty hard to do, but these wipes make it easy to at least give it your best shot.