Hydrating Micellar Water
While they might seem new and innovative, micellar waters are just another way to formulate cleansers (even though they're much closer to makeup removers in texture). They can work very well, and are generally fine for all skin types, but these cleansing waters aren't necessarily better than other types of facial cleansers or makeup removers.
CeraVe's Hydrating Micellar Water is water-like and fragrance-free. It's one of the better micellar waters available, with a formula that gently removes dirt, oil, and even waterproof makeup with minimal effort (it's so effective, a little goes a long way.)
Even better, unlike most micellar waters that just feature water and gentle cleansing agents, CeraVe includes skin-beneficial ingredients like ceramides, cholesterol, and hyaluronic acid to make good on its claim that it can hydrate as well as cleanse skin. It's an impressive mix of ingredients for this type of product, especially since it's designed not to be rinsed off!
The only drawback is that the high-concentration of niacinamide this contains, while beneficial for skin, can cause some eye stinging. The effect doesn't last long, but it's a consideration if you want to use this primarily to remove eye makeup, or if you have sensitive eyes.
Otherwise, we love that this cleansing water has benefits that go beyond just getting skin clean.
- Gently and effectively removes dirt, oil, and all types of makeup.
- Contains skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- High amount of niacinamide this contains can cause eye stinging if this accidentally gets in the eyes.
This expanding collection of skincare products keeps things gentle and effective with fragrance-free formulas, many of which are more state-of-the-art than any other product in its price range or pricier versions at the drugstore. In short, this line is a real find!
CeraVe uses a delivery system the company refers to as Multivesicular Emulsion Technology, which releases key ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid over a period of several hours. Although this technology is undoubtedly helpful, such time-delayed delivery systems aren't unique to CeraVe, and the fact remains that most of the ingredients they use are very helpful on their own, no matter what delivery system you use.
The important point is that ongoing, consistent use of this kind of moisturizer designed to repair the skin's barrier function will result in smoother, softer, healthier skin.
It is for these reasons that most CeraVe products are definitely worth considering, especially at this price. You'll find a options for moisturizing, cleansing, broad spectrum sun protection, and baby care.
For more information about CeraVe, purchased by L'Oreal in 2017, visit www.cerave.com.
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