When you think of micellar water, the first thing that comes to mind is not that it is bad, right? It has been raved about for years by beauty gurus, instagram influencers and friends. What can be so bad about it?
Micellar water is a mixture of water, soaps, perfumes, and other chemicals. It is likely that not everyone’s skin is going to react the same; it can be irritating to some skin types and to the eyes if it comes into contact with them. Additionally, some products contain the chemical PHMB which is a proven carcinogen (causes cancer), mutagenic and is toxic.
Note: This does not mean all micellar waters are completely ‘bad’.
PHMB, otherwise known as polyaminopropyl biguanide or polyhexamethylene biguanide, has been banned in many personal care products, however Garnier’s micellar waters still contain this chemical. It is believed that it has antimicrobial properties, however, it is officially classified as a carcinogen. Experts are still researching the potential harmful effects that this chemical may exert.
This being said, micellar water is still a great cleanser and makeup remover, which has many more benefits than other makeup removers provide. It is also a good alternative to wipes which are harmful for the environment and are more abrasive on the skin. If you would like to know how micellar water works to remove your makeup and act as a cleanser, check out our post on it.
There are several products on the market, therefore we suggest that you look for the micellar water that would work best for your skin, and preferably, one which does not contain the PHMB chemical. You can find a list of product which contain this chemical here; you may be surprised at some of these products which could be lying around in your own home.