Why is micellar water so popular

Öko-Test checks micellar water: How compatible are cleaning products from Bioderma, Garnier & Co.?

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Micellar water is applied to the skin with a cotton pad and is intended to bind makeup and dirt (symbolic image). © Westend61 / imago-images

Öko-Test: Micellar water should thoroughly remove make-up and sebum from the facial skin without rubbing or rubbing. But does the cosmetic product keep what it promises? And what about the ingredients? Öko-Test took a closer look at 25 micellar waters.

Frankfurt am Main - A few years ago a new trend product appeared on the drug shelves that promised to cleanse the skin with a new "technology": Micellar water. Micellar water is applied to a cotton pad and then wiped over the skin of the face. Dirt, sebum and make-up residues should be absorbed without the need for water and soap, which is why the product is especially popular on the go. But how does it work Micellar water actually exactly and how healthy is it for the skin?

Micellar water in the eco-test: this is how the cosmetic product works

Micelles consist of microscopic hydrophilic surfactant molecules and lipophilic surfactant molecules. Hydrophilic molecules are water-loving, while lipophilic molecules are fat-loving. Therefore you can Micelles bind both water-soluble and fat-soluble residues. The principle is actually the same as with soap and synthetic surfactants, which attract grease and dirt. In Micellar water However, these washing-active substances are contained in a much lower concentration than in conventional facial cleansers based on surfactants. According to consumer advocates, a normal cleaning foam can contain up to ten percent washing-active substances while it is at Micellar water about one to two percent are. Since you save yourself rubbing and rubbing, the cleaning product should also prevent skin irritation.

Micellar water in the eco-test: This is how the testers proceeded

The testers did the investigation 25 micellar water For the face bought from well-known brands, own drugstore brands and occasionally from health food stores or health food stores and tested in the laboratory for questionable and controversial ingredients. Among them: organohalogen compounds, formaldehyde / formaldehyde releasers, problematic fragrances and preservatives as well as PEG / PEG derivatives and synthetic polymers.

Micellar water in the eco-test: Many can be used without hesitation

The good news: Most micellar waters (19 of 25) cut with the Top grade "very good" abund can be used without hesitation. The testers did not find anything wrong with either the surfactants used or the other ingredients:

  • Alterra Micellar Water Organic Cranberry (Rossmann)
  • Alverde Beauty & Fruity Micellar Water (DM)
  • Alviana Fresh & Clean Micellar Water (Bonano)
  • Balea Micellar Cleansing Water Rose (DM)
  • Bevola 3 in 1 micellar cleaning water (Kaufland)
  • CD Aloe Effect Mild Micellar Facial Toner (Lornamead)
  • Cien micellar water (Lidl)
  • CV Cadea Vera All-In-1 Micellar Cleansing Water (Müller drugstore)
  • Elkos Face Mild micellar water (Edeka)
  • Garnier Bio All-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water Organic Cornflower (L‘Oréal)
  • Isana 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water (Rossmann)
  • Lacura Facial Toner Micelle (Aldi south)
  • Lavera Hydro Sensation Micellar Water (Laverana)
  • Logona Classic Deep cleansing micellar water (Logono)
  • Sante refreshing micellar water (Logocos)
  • Sebamed Anti-Pollution Micellar Water (Sebapharma)
  • Speick Thermal Sensitive Micellar Water (Speick natural cosmetics)
  • Terra Naturi Clean & Care Micellar Cleansing Water (Müller drugstore)
  • Today cleaning water micelles (Rewe / Penny)

What is striking, however, is: the Well-known brands of micellar water cut predominantly only mediocre from.

  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar cleansing water (Naos Bioderma (pharmacy)) "satisfactory"
  • Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 (L‘Oréal) "satisfactory"
  • Nivea rose water micellar water (Beiersdorf) "satisfactory"
  • Bebe Freshly Enchanted Gentle Micellar Water (Johnson & Johnson) "sufficient"
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost 3-in-1 Micellar Water (Johnson & Johnson) "sufficient"

Points were deducted for the products of Nivea, Bebe and NeutrogenaFor Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), a substance suspected of acting like a hormone. Animal experiments have also shown an influence on thyroid function. Also PEG / PEG derivatives the testers complain. They are used as surfactants or emulsifiers and can make the skin more permeable to foreign substances. Consumer advocates believe that these substances have no place in products “for sensitive skin”. (Öko-Test examines face cream: Bad test result for well-known brands).

Micellar water in the eco-test: one product fails

That is the clear loser with the final grade of "six" L‘Oréal Calming Micellar Water, because the ingredients of this product certainly do not have a "calming" effect. This is mainly due to the preservative Polyaminoporopyl biguanide (PHMB), which was classified in category 2 within the framework of European chemicals legislation - because he can probably cause cancer. This substance should not be used in cosmetics, especially if it is advertised as "calming". The only bright spot: In the last micellar water study from 2016, this substance occurred several times. At least some manufacturers have learned something new.

This article only contains general information on the respective health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication. Under no circumstances does it replace a visit to the doctor. Unfortunately, our editors are not allowed to answer individual questions about clinical pictures.