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This two-ingredient face wash removes dirt and makeup while restoring moisture to your skin.

Whether you're experimenting with contouring or trying to master no-makeup makeup, starting with a great canvas is crucial. But a skincare routine with a dozen steps and a bathroom full of products isn't for everyone. Maybe that's why micellar water has made a big comeback in the beauty world. Micellar water—tiny cleansing oil molecules suspended in plain old H2O—can work as a makeup remover, cleanser, toner, and moisturizer all in one.


Unlike other cleansing products, micellar water leaves the skin’s natural oil barrier intact, unlike face washes and wipes with salicylic acid that strip those oils away, says Melissa Piliang, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “When you put the micellar water on your skin, the little droplets of oil collect the excess oil and dirt on the skin and move it,” Dr. Piliang says.


To use micellar water, simply apply the liquid to a cotton pad and lightly swipe it across your face wherever you’ve applied makeup. “The friction of the cotton swab lifts the oil off,” says Dr. Piliang. Then, depending on your skin type, you can either leave the remaining oil from the micellar water on your face, or rinse it off and apply a gentle moisturizer for an ultra clean complexion. 


Here, three micellar waters worth a try if you’re looking to simplify your skincare routine:

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