Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water
Simple's Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water is similar to the brand's original Micellar Cleansing Water, but that formula is preferred for its gentleness and inclusion of soothing ingredients.
Housed in a large bottle and meant to be applied with a cotton pad, this cleansing water uses micellar technology. This process uses particles known as micelles, and is one way of explaining how a cleansing agent combines with water and oils to clean skin. Micelles are effective but merely one way to formulate a cleanser, that's it, nothing exciting as it really has no extra benefit for skin.
The brand claims their Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water was "specifically developed for dry, dehydrated skin" but the formula isn't significantly more hydrating than lots of other micellar waters, including others from Simple.
A worrisome problem of this formula is the inclusion of antiseptic ingredient cetylpyridinium chloride. More often found in mouthwashes and other oral care products than in skincare, this ingredient is a known skin and eye irritant. The amount of it in this cleansing water is less than 1%, but it doesn't take much to trigger skin issues.
As for the infusion of minerals this contains, these ingredients aren't of great benefit to skin, not to mention they show up in dozens upon dozens of cleansers. They're about as exciting as tap water!
Last, as with Simple's original Micellar Water, the Water Boost version isn't adept at completely removing makeup, especially long-wearing or waterproof formulas. See our list of Best Cleansers or Best Makeup Removers for our current favorites.
Reference for the information on cetylpyridinium chloride:
Pharmaceutical Research, February 2006, pages 329-335
- Fragrance free formula.
- Inexpensive and generously sized.
- Not great for complete makeup removal.
- Contains an antiseptic ingredient that can irritate skin and eyes.
- Isn't considerably more hydrating for dry or dehydrated skin.
Launched in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, the general philosophy of the Simple skincare brand is, well... simple! Back then and presently, the brand's claim to fame is that all its products are designed with sensitive skin in mind (as all skincare products should be), omitting fragrance and other ingredients that can potentially cause reactions.
For the most part, we're happy to say Simple gets it right. A series of reformulations in 2015 resulted in a nearly across-the-board improvement in its products. Although they remain decidedly no-frills, they are indeed suitable for sensitive skin.
That doesn't mean there aren't a few missteps in the bunch (you can learn more about this in our individual reviews), but for the most part Simple is a good, reliable, inexpensive line, particularly for facial cleansers and makeup removers.
Note that if your sensitive skin is accompanied by redness, Simple simply doesn't go far enough. Minimalist formulas are one thing if you're operating on the principle that for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are better; however, to alleviate redness you need proven soothing ingredients present in concentrations that are highly likely to make a visible difference. That's one area where Simple falters. Maybe the next revamp will correct this deficiency; what's been done to date has us encouraged.
For more information about Simple (owned by Uniliver) products visit www.simpleskincare.com. Because Simple products are sold in mainland China, where animal testing is required on imported cosmetics, we do not consider them to be a cruelty-free brand.
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