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Micellar Water: The Incredible, Baby-Safe, No-Rinse Cleanser Reimagined

CEO Tinh Phung
You may have already heard about micellar water, the beauty product that has taken the world by storm in recent years. While it is well-known for its ability to remove makeup and cleanse the face,...

You may have already heard about micellar water, the beauty product that has taken the world by storm in recent years. While it is well-known for its ability to remove makeup and cleanse the face, there are many other applications of micellar water that have yet to become mainstream.

One of the lesser-known benefits of micellar water is its ability to safely cleanse your baby's skin. In this article, we will dive deep into the world of micellar water and explore what it is, how it works, why it is safe for babies, and how to use it. We will even discuss a few other creative ways to utilize this versatile product. So let's get started!

What Is Micellar Water?

Micellar water was first created in Paris, where the tap water is known to be "hard," meaning it contains high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium. The Parisians needed a cleanser that wouldn't require rinsing after application, as the tap water could be harsh on the skin and hair. This led to the development of micellar water.

In simple terms, micellar water is a liquid cleanser that effectively removes dirt and oil from the skin. What sets it apart is that it doesn't require lathering or rinsing, making it incredibly convenient and easy to use.

Baby with micellar water after bath Caption: Baby with micellar water after bath

How Does Micellar Water Work?

You might find it hard to believe that a cleanser can be effective without any lathering or rinsing, but it's true! Micellar water's cleansing power lies in its special molecules called micelles. These micelles act like magnets, attracting and capturing oil and dirt from the skin.

When you gently wipe a cloth soaked in micellar water across your skin, the micelles lift away all the impurities, leaving your skin clean and refreshed. It's a simple yet effective process that removes dirt, makeup, and oil without stripping away moisture or causing irritation.

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Is Micellar Water Safe For Babies?

Now that we understand how micellar water works, let's address the question of whether it's safe for your baby's skin. As a parent, it's crucial to scrutinize the ingredients in the skincare products you use on your little one.

The answer is a resounding yes, micellar water is safe for your baby! Most varieties are formulated to be gentle and suitable for your baby's delicate skin. However, it's important to note that some micellar waters designed for adults may contain alcohol or other harmful ingredients.

These types of micellar water can cause discomfort and irritation on your baby's easily irritated skin, especially for newborns and babies with extremely sensitive or dry skin. Additionally, be cautious of micellar waters that contain strong chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), parabens, phenoxyethanol, and phthalates. These ingredients are not safe for your baby's skin.

Mom using micellar water during a diaper change Caption: Mom using micellar water during a diaper change

Ingredients To Avoid

When choosing a micellar water for your baby, it's essential to steer clear of certain ingredients that can be harmful. Here are some ingredients to avoid:

Alcohol

Synthetic alcohol can be drying to your baby's skin and may even cause skin allergies or sensitivities. Look out for synthetic benzyl alcohol, synthetic phenethyl alcohol, SD alcohol, ethanol or ethyl, isopropyl, and methanol in the ingredient list.

Sulfates

Sulfates are surfactants responsible for creating lather and bubbles in products like shampoo. They can be drying and irritating to sensitive skin. Avoid sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS).

Parabens

Parabens are inexpensive and effective preservatives used in skincare products. However, they mimic the hormone estrogen in the body, raising health concerns. It is best to avoid products containing parabens.

Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is another preservative commonly used in skincare products. It is known to be an allergen and irritant. Additionally, it can have negative effects on the brain and nervous system.

Phthalates

Phthalates are plasticizers used in various products, including cosmetics, toys, and food packaging. They are suspected to be endocrine disruptors and have potential health risks. It's best to avoid products containing phthalates.

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Apart from products with harmful ingredients, micellar water is completely safe to use on your baby's skin. Its oil-grabbing properties make it an extremely mild and gentle cleanser. Here are three micellar water products that are safe for your little one:

Certified Organic Micellar Water With Olive Oil And Aloe

Baby using Certified Organic Micellar Water With Olive Oil And Aloe Caption: Baby using Certified Organic Micellar Water With Olive Oil And Aloe

Our EWG Verified Certified Organic Micellar Water with Olive Oil and Aloe goes beyond your average micellar water. It has been awarded the Good Housekeeping award for sustainability. The formula contains only eight ingredients, 99.7% of which are naturally derived. Key ingredients include organic aloe vera and organic olive oil.

The olive oil used in this product is sourced from family-owned olive groves in the South of France, where a cold-pressed extraction process maximizes potency and skin-nourishing properties. This fragrance-free micellar water is not only good for your skin but also environmentally conscious. The formula is biodegradable, and the packaging is made from sustainably sourced sugar cane.

No Rinse Cleansing Water

Mustela's No Rinse Cleansing Water is an alcohol-free and hypoallergenic micellar water specially formulated for babies. It is safe to use on newborns and 98% of its ingredients are of natural origin. This product contains avocado perseose, a patented natural ingredient designed to protect your baby's delicate skin. It also includes aloe vera leaf extracts for softening and soothing.

Like all Mustela products, the No Rinse Cleansing Water is free of parabens, phthalates, and phenoxyethanol. It has undergone pediatric and dermatological testing, ensuring its safety and efficacy. You can use it with complete peace of mind.

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No Rinse Soothing Cleansing Water

Mustela's No Rinse Soothing Cleansing Water is a micellar water-based product specifically designed for babies with sensitive skin. It is similar to the No Rinse Cleansing Water but fragrance-free, making it perfect for soothing and protecting your baby's delicate skin without any added fragrances.

This gentle and hypoallergenic formula contains 99% natural ingredients, including avocado perseose and Schizandra, a berry extract known for its soothing properties. It effectively cleanses your baby's body while addressing the needs of sensitive, rashy, or reactive skin.

How Do You Use Micellar Water?

Now that we've explored what micellar water is and its benefits, let's discuss how to use it effectively and safely on your baby. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Pump Mustela's No Rinse Cleansing Water onto a washcloth or cotton pad. Apply it generously, ensuring the fabric is not dripping.
  2. Gently pat the saturated cloth onto the area of your baby's body that you want to cleanse. Hold the cloth against the skin for 3-5 seconds.
  3. Wipe the wet cloth along the same area of your baby's skin that you held it against in step 2. You can wipe the same area several times if necessary. (Remember to wipe from front to back when cleansing the diaper area!)
  4. Repeat the above steps for all other parts of your baby's skin that need to be cleansed.

Using micellar water is quick, easy, safe, and effective. However, if you're cleansing your baby's diaper area, it's better to use cotton pads that can be discarded after use. If you prefer using a washcloth, choose a soft and gentle cloth that won't irritate your baby's delicate skin. Ensure that you use different areas of the washcloth for different parts of your baby's skin to avoid cross-contamination.

Baby outside holding a bottle of Micellar water Caption: Baby outside holding a bottle of Micellar water

When Should You Use Micellar Water?

Micellar water was initially developed to provide a gentle and convenient cleansing option for men and women in Paris. Nowadays, it serves various purposes, including makeup removal and gentle cleansing when traditional methods are not feasible.

But when should you use micellar water on your baby? Here are some instances where micellar water can come in handy:

  • While changing your baby's diaper, especially after a particularly dirty one.
  • When traveling or going on vacation. Mustela's No Rinse Cleansing Water comes in handy 100ml bottles, perfect for long trips or quick clean-ups.
  • When you don't have time for your baby's full daily hygiene routine. Micellar water can't replace baths entirely, but it can be an effective substitute when life gets hectic.
  • If your baby has dry or eczema-prone skin. Bathing multiple times a day can strip away moisture, so using Mustela's No Rinse Soothing Cleansing Water can help keep your baby's skin clean and hydrated between baths.

Micellar Water As A Makeup Remover

Woman using Micellar water to remove makeup Caption: Woman using Micellar water to remove makeup

While we have primarily focused on using micellar water for baby care, it is worth mentioning that many people also use it as a makeup remover. Micellar water is perfect for those moments when you're on the go and can't give your face a thorough cleanse.

However, when you're at home, it is still recommended to remove makeup thoroughly and use your regular facial cleanser, especially if you wear heavy makeup. Micellar water can be a great addition to your skincare routine, providing an extra level of cleansing.

Other Ways To Use Micellar Water

Micellar water offers versatility beyond baby care and makeup removal. Here are a few other ways you can utilize micellar water:

  • Freshen up after the gym or a workout session.
  • Cleanse your hands when soap and water are not readily available.
  • Use it as a facial toner to balance your skin's pH and remove any residual impurities.
  • Clean your makeup brushes by soaking them in micellar water and wiping away the product buildup.

Who would have thought that micellar water could do so much? It's a multi-purpose product that harnesses the power of nature to bring you and your baby gentle, safe, and effective cleansing.

Speaking of natural cleansing, there are other products you can use to care for your and your baby's skin. One of our favorites is the Certified Organic Cleansing Gel with Olive Oil and Aloe. This sulfate-free hair and body wash contain 97.5% naturally derived ingredients, and it cleanses without stripping your child's skin of its natural oils. It is suitable for both babies and adults.

Mustela also offers other cleansers tailored to specific skincare needs, such as the Gentle Cleansing Gel for normal skin, Stelatopia Cleansing Gel for eczema-prone skin, and EWG Verified Soothing Cleansing Gel for sensitive skin. These cleansers provide effective yet gentle care for your baby's skin, no matter their needs.

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Micellar water is a must-have skincare product for both you and your baby. Its versatility makes it essential for your makeup bag and your baby's diaper bag. Choose any of our three micellar waters—Certified Organic Micellar Water with Olive Oil and Aloe, No Rinse Cleansing Water, or No Rinse Soothing Cleansing Water—for convenient and effective cleansing.

Now that you're armed with all the information about micellar water, it's time to start incorporating it into your skincare routine and discover its amazing benefits!

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