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Meet Micellar Water, the European Beauty Trend

Meet Micellar Water, the European Beauty Trend (Source: Thinkstock)What's a beauty product that removes makeup, cleanses skin and doesn't require any rinsing? Hint: It's not a toner, facial wash or even a cleansing milk. The product responsible for tackling all of these might be one you've never heard of: micellar water. Named from micelles, aka tiny round balls of cleansing molecules that float in the water, micellar water has been popular among the French for many years. As word of its multi-functional properties grew among makeup artists, skincare lovers and beauty bloggers, micellar water grew in popularity. 

Although not quite a mainstay in American beauty routines yet, micellar water is one skincare trend to keep an eye out for. Curious to see how the seemingly simple water does so much? Read on as we break down the beauty product into its most basic parts.

How does it work?
When applied, the tiny micelles come into contact with the oil, dirt and makeup on your face, and they "suck up" the impurities, leaving skin cleansed and free from makeup. No need to rinse.

How to use it:
It's actually quite simple to use micellar water. Dab it onto a cotton ball or pad and swipe across your face, concentrating on the eyes and mouth if you want to remove makeup. Because you don't need to rinse with micellar water, it's ideal for quick touchups or travel. If you're using it with your normal routine, apply as your first step.

Who should use is?
Micellar water looks and feels just like water, so really anyone can use it. It's gentle enough to use on sensitive skin as well.

If you're ready to jump into micellar water territory, check out some of the hot finds currently on beauty shelves.

Lierac Micellar Cleansing Water for Face and Eyes, $24, at birchbox.com
Meet Micellar Water, the European Beauty Trend (Source: Lierac)This formula is enriched with mallow and linseed flower extracts to detoxify, soothe and soften.

La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, $21, at laroche-posay.com
Meet Micellar Water, the European Beauty Trend (Source: La Roche-Posay)Restore skin with the dirt-encapsulating micelles found in La Roche-Posay's solution.

Le Couvent des Minimes 3-in-1 Micellar Water, $17, at usa.lecouventdesminimes.com
Meet Micellar Water, the European Beauty Trend (Source: Le Couvent des Minimes)Would you try micellar water? Let us know in our poll, below:
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