If you haven’t kept up with micellar solutions for removing face and eye makeup, you gotta!
They feel like water, are so easy to use (with a cotton pad, without having to rub or rinse), great as the first step before a cleanser, or for those late nights that you cannot bother a full facial wash.
I had the opportunity to test out 2 micellar solutions from Vichy to share some thoughts with you.
Vichy micellar solutions are alcohol/ corolant/ soap/ parabens free, pH balanced, with Vichy Thermal Spa water, suitable for sensitive skin. They claim to cleanse and soothes the skin without causing discomforts or tugging. And I can confirm all that!
The original version from Vichy is the Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Calming micellar solution (left), a good solid one for everyone.
It does take an extra cotton pad to thoroughly get all the waterproof mascara off (so 2 for the face, 2 for the eyes, on average) but leaves my skin in the most comfortable state it can be. No tightness, dryness.
Despite fragrance being listed (see below), I do not detect a scent with it.
Ingredients: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Poloxamer 184, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Edta, Panthenol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Fragrance.
And then, Vichy came out with Normaderm micellar solution for acne prone skin (right).
The same micellar technology but with Zinc PCA, an antibacterial agent that helps removing sebum and gently purifying the skin. It feels the same way on the skin, and still with no scent. It is extra soothing on those bumpy pimples, I am happy to say.
Same bottle shape, with flip tops.The Normaderm version spots the green accent.
Ingredients are mostly the same too: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Poloxamer 188, Zync PCA, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Edta, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid, Dihydrocholeth-30, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.
I adore the Normaderm version for the state of the skin I am in right now, and love the fact that Vichy acknowledge that need. But the Purete Thermale bottle would be good for anyone. They retail around $20 (200ml) or $30 (400ml).