Soothing Micellar Water
YourGoodSkin’s Soothing Micellar Water is one of the better cleanser-makeup remover hybrids we’ve tried (and it’s gentle enough that you don’t have to rinse!)
Like most micellar products, this has a water-like texture that’s best applied to a cotton ball or pad, then smoothed over the face. It feels soothing and lightly moisturizing (but not at all greasy) on skin, and does a good job removing dirt, oil, debris, and makeup, including long-wearing makeup.
What we like most about this fragrance-free formula, though, is that it includes some good-for-skin ingredients, which are always welcome in a leave-on product. Many micellar waters have cleansing agents that aren’t great when left on skin over time, meaning you should rinse them despite the claims some have that rinsing isn’t necessary. This one, however, includes skin-replenishing ingredients, a couple of antioxidants, and hydrating sodium hyaluronate—and none of the harsh leave-on ingredients. Score!
Add to that the fact that this is reasonably priced, and you have one of YourGoodSkin’s better products!
- Feels soothing and lightly moisturizing.
- Does a good job removing dirt, oil, and makeup.
- Includes some skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
Micelles gently trap & lift make-up, excess oil & daily impurities. An ultra-gentle cleansing format requiring no rubbing or rinsing.
Launched in 2017, YourGoodSkin is the result of an alliance between UK pharmacy mega-brand Boots and American drugstore giant Walgreens. According to company lore, YourGoodSkin is the result of years of development and research involving scientists, dermatologists, and thousands of members of its target audience—women looking for skin care products to address their specific concerns.
In fact, the brand says it surveyed thousands of women and had them test the products before they went to market. This resulted in over 20 products claiming to address a wide range of skin concerns, from dryness to acne.
Consumer testing before finalizing products for launch can deliver some helpful insights and valuable feedback, but a brand’s scientific understanding of what skin needs to improve—and what it doesn’t need—carries even more weight than anecdotal evidence.
YourGoodSkin gets more right than wrong, and it’s certainly a value-priced collection. While there aren’t any true anti-aging powerhouse formulas in the mix, there are some decent moisturizers for those on tighter budgets.
The brand excels at cleansers and makeup removers, with even a couple of top-notch scrubs included; this category is where we recommend directing your time and attention.
The biggest misstep YourGoodSkin makes is in its approach to treating acne and oily skin. Nearly every product designed for these concerns relies heavily on an old-school, irritating approach that includes drying alcohol, fragrance, and even sulfur, all of which can serve to make oily skin and acne worse.
For more information on YourGoodSkin, visit https://www.yourgoodskin.com/.
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