Tested on animals:Yes
Micellar waters are gaining popularity as alternatives to regular cleansers and makeup removers, and Garnier jumps on the trend with its SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, Regular. As it turns out, it's a worthy option that delivers on all its claims, meaning it easily earns our highest rating.
SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, Regular, comes in a plastic bottle and its fluid, watery formula is easy to dispense onto a cotton pad, just like other micellar cleansers we've reviewed.
Before we get to the heart of this review, a note about the "micellar technology" Garnier employs in this formula. Micellar technology is a way to formulate a cleanser that involves how surfactants (which this and many other cleansers contain) combine with water and interact with oils, like the "oil" our skin produces, to cleanse them away.
Though the technology isn't anything groundbreaking (though the marketing hype may make you think otherwise), the product itself it quite good for all skin types and is fragrance-free!
True to its claims, no harsh rubbing is needed to cleanse the face; gentle circular motions with your cotton pad are enough to distribute this across the face. The water-light liquid removes oil, dirt, and most makeup (though not very waterproof varieties) effectively with no residue left behind, without leaving skin feeling dry or tight.
One concern, because this contains the cleansing agent disodium cocoamphodiacetate, leaving it on the skin is NOT a good idea. Cleansing agents break down makeup and oil and skin as well. We recommend washing it off with a gentle water soluble cleanser and following up with your other skincare products.
If you've been wondering whether micellar waters are an option to add to your skincare routine, Garnier's SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, Regular, is a great, inexpensive product to consider. The only thing that could have made this better is the addition of soothing ingredients, as some of the pricier alternatives included (looking at you, Bioderma). Thanks to its gentle, fragrance-free formula and effective performance, it's a true drugstore find—even for extra-sensitive skin.
- Fragrance free.
- Effectively removes dirt, oil, and non-waterproof makeup.
- Doesn't leave skin feeling dry or tight.