Micellar cleansers are fast gaining popularity for their ability to gently but effectively remove dirt and makeup from the skin. They sound mysterious, but they work in a very simple way. Basically, they contain surfactants that, once in the water, form little clusters that help remove impurities. How?
Surfactants have one hydrophlic (water-loving) end and a lipophilic (oil-loving) end. The oil-loving ends aren’t very fond of water and so tend to stick together and away from it. So, a micelle, a cluster of surfactants whose water-loving ends are pointing outwards and oil-loving ends inwards, is formed.
The oils on your face and makeup are attracted to the oil-loving ends of the surfactants and are thus caught inside the micelle. That way, they can be easily rinsed away. Any cleanser with surfactants can do this though. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on something with micellar in the name. Unless you truly love and enjoy the product, of course.
Or, if you have fallen in love with an expensive micellar cleanser, you can always look for a dupe. L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution, for instance, is very similar to the more expensive Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur. Let’s take a look:
Poloxamer 184 & Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate
Poloxamer 184, a synthetic polymer, and Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, derived from coconut oil, are the active ingredients in both formulas. Both are cleansing agents that help water mix with oil and dirt, allowing them to be rinsed away easily and quickly. They are both considered gentle too.
Glycerin is one of the most common ingredients used in skincare. A humectant, it draws water from the environment into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated, soft and supple after cleansing.
Hexylene Glycol, a clear and colourless liquid, is used to improve the solubility of the makeup in the surfactant. That’s not all it does. It also acts as an humectant, like glycerin.
Further considerations on the formula
L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution is basically Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur stripped of all the non-essential ingredients. One of this is fragrance. This means that the Lancome cleanser smells better, but, because fragrance is one of the most irritating ingredients used in skincare, I’m not sure that’s a plus.
Having said that, most people can used fragranced products without experiencing any problems at all. They are more of a concern for those with sensitive, allergy-prone skin. For them, the L’Oreal cleanser would be a better option.
Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur Ingredients
Aqua, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin,Poloxamer 184, Dihydrocholeth-30, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Benzyl Salicylate, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Rosa Gallica Extract, Parfum.
L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution Ingredients
Aqua, hexylene glycol, glycerin,poloxamer 184, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, disodium EDTA, polyaminopropyl biguanide.
Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur costs £23.00, while L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution a more reasonable £4.99. They are both available at Boots in a 200ml size.
The Bottom Line
L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution is a basic, simpler version of Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur. Although it doesn’t feel as luxurious, it does the job just as well.
Do you like micellar cleansers? Have you ever tried these two?