Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash
Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash takes the concept of a micellar water and transforms it into a gel texture suitable for normal to dry or combination skin, including sensitive skin. It's a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser but has one drawback that keeps it from earning our top rating.
Before we discuss the drawback, we should explain what's meant by "micellar". Micellar involves micelles, which are a type of electrically charged particle. Micelle technology is one way of explaining how a cleansing agent combines with water and oils to clean skin. It's effective but merely one way to formulate a cleanser, that's it, nothing exciting as it really has no extra benefit for skin.
This lightly lathering gel cleanser moves easily over the face and rinses without a residue. The problem is the formula isn't adept at removing makeup, at least not if you routinely wear a full face of makeup, from foundation to mascara.
Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash is best for use in the morning or by those who wear minimal to no makeup. Its gentle formula leaves skin smooth and refreshed, it just doesn't cleanse as thoroughly as lots of other water soluble cleansers.
- Gentle, fragrance-free formula.
- Rinses without a residue.
- Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
- Not effective for complete makeup removal.
Introducing new Simple Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash, a new generation face wash with Micellar technology. Infused with skin-essential minerals and plant extract, this formula delivers instant hydration AND gentle yet effective cleansing perfect for even sensitive 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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