Garnier Micellar Cleansing Waters

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Three of the micellar waters that Garnier offers

Micellar water is an essential in my skincare routine. The idea behind it is perfect – a gentle cleanser that removes your makeup effectively, and doesn’t require rinsing (great for lazy people like me). The first micellar water that I tried was from Simple, which worked really well, although it did sting my eyes a little. Also, the bottle was fairly small, so when I saw that Garnier had brought out their own micellar water I had to try it.

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Garnier Original Cleansing Water

Their original pink-capped water comes in both a large bottle and a smaller, travel-sized version, and is suitable for all-round cleansing and all skin types.

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Garnier PureActive Cleansing Water

I got on really well with this product, but a few months ago I was suffering badly from breakouts and oily skin. When I went to replace my micellar water, I saw that Garnier had done a version for their PureActive range, containing alcohol and targeted for oily and blemish-prone skin. I’ve been using this version for the past few months and it’s definitely as effective as the original, although more astringent. It seemed to help with my problem skin, but that could have been down to other things in my skincare routine.

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Garnier SkinActive Oil-infused Cleansing Water

Recently I spotted another Garnier micellar water – an “SkinActive oil-infused” version containing argan oil, designed for drier skin. In the past couple of weeks my skin has cleared up somewhat and shifted to being drier (I swear it will never be that perfect medium), so I decided to give this one a go. You have to shake it to mix the oil with the water, or you end up just pouring oil out. It has a fragrant smell due to the oil, and feels very moisturising and non-greasy on the skin, while also being incredibly effective at removing stubborn eye makeup. Unless my skin decides to become an oily mess again, I think I’ll stick with this version for now, as it has helped rid my forehead and cheeks of any flakiness (lovely).

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The three Garnier micellar waters I have tried

These micellar waters are available from Boots and Superdrug and retail £4.99 each for the Original and PureActive editions, and £5.99 for the SkinActive edition (all 400ml bottles).


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