The secret of French women: is micelle water safe, as it is commonly believed
If you are asked to name a makeup remover that allows you to quickly and easily cope with even waterproof formulas, do not clog pores and care for the skin during use, then surely the first thing that comes to your mind is micellar water. This tool and the truth seems ideal for any situation. Including the one when you return home in the morning and completely powerless.
The concept is simple: all you need to do is to soak the cotton ball with the “micellar” and then wipe the face with it, watching how the microscopic oil molecules (micelles) magnetize the makeup, dirt and surplus of the sebum, leaving the skin clean and, what a miracle, moisturized . Can anything spoil this ideal in all senses script? Alas, and ah.
Dermatologist Julia T. Hunter tells Refinery29 that micellar water can not really remove all dirt from the skin, and even more so, replace the seborrhagulating and moisturizing facial treatments. In other words, the use of “micellar” alone is suitable for an emergency case, but not for a beauty routine in principle.
However, even this is not the most alarming. Recently experts in the field of skin care increasingly say that removing the makeup from the eyes with micellar water can clog the sebaceous glands, which, in turn, can provoke an infection with symptoms in the form of itching, swelling, dryness and other problems associated with with eye health, including some long-term damage.
Beverly Hills Ophthalmologist Kambiz Silani confirms that improper removal of makeup, especially if we are talking about oil-based products, can promote the growth of bacteria in an extremely sensitive area. And this, according to the expert, is one of the most common causes of dysfunction of meibomian glands (dry eye syndrome). “Meibomian gland dysfunction is a serious disease that causes damage, inflammation and / or atrophy of the sebaceous glands on the eyelids,” says Silani. “When the work of these glands is broken, the patient is faced with excessive dryness, irritation and reddening of the eyes.”
Add to this and the study of 2015, published in the Journal of Ophthalmology, which connects these kinds of symptoms with oily cosmetic products used to remove make-up from the eyes. In the work it is separately noted that more often and more this happens just with women, who, obviously, more often than men make make-up.
And although many manufacturers of micellar water claim that their product does not contain oils in the composition, these statements should not lead you astray. The fact is that the micellar technology itself is based on the use of cleansing oil molecules suspended in soft water. In addition, do not forget about the preservatives – Dr. Silani says that, for example, disodium edta, one of the most commonly found in the composition of micellar water components, can greatly irritate the surface of the eye.
In this case, the best and only way to avoid dry eye syndrome, provoked by waste products, is the one in which you use cosmetics that are easily removed with warm water. Well, if you can not live without “micellar”, make sure that the formula is right for you, after consulting a doctor.