It is quite likely that, when you go to a cosmetic store, you have already come across it. Or that, even, at some point you have been able to try it. Under the name of micellar water we find ourselves before a product that, in recent years, has increased enormously in popularity, so that it is difficult not to find it in many bathroom cabinets. And it is that it becomes, as we will see, an excellent option for those who have sensitive or too dry skin. Although you can buy it and its cost is not very excessive, did you know that you can easily make your own micellar water at home? We explain the necessary ingredients and the steps to follow to achieve it. But let’s go by parts.
What is micellar water and what does it consist of?
Explained in a more or less simple way, we could say that micellar water basically consists of a product formulated based on micelles. And what are micelles? They are a set of molecules (specifically very small balls of oil) that are especially attracted to both dirt and oil.
In other words: they are molecules capable of attracting both dirt and sebum present on the face. That is, they are small particles of oil suspended in water. And not only that, but they are capable of isolating them and also transporting them through water, in order to remove dirt from the skin. And all this thanks to the fact that they act as emulsifiers, so that it offers the possibility of cleaning, toning and moisturizing the skin.
In other words, it is an excellent option to remove impurities present in the skin in a completely natural and simple way, without the need to use astringents or abrasively rub certain products. In this sense, micelles make it possible for water to work in the same way that a cleansing product would, also acting as a moisturizer and make-up remover (indeed, it is a true all-in-one).
By not acting as an abrasive, the truth is that the micelles help to extract impurities, joining them in the same way as if they were magnets, protecting the natural barrier of the skin. In fact, some micellar waters are so effective that after applying them to the skin, there is no need to wash them off with water.
On the other hand, micellar water is perfectly suitable for all skin types, since its formulation is free of parabens, surfactants, dyes, perfumes and alcohol. In appearance it has a viscosity similar to water, but when you put it on your finger in order to apply it to your skin, and you touch it, you realize that it actually has a texture that is certainly different from that of water.
It is a product whose use is recommended by most dermatologists and beauty experts, since the micelles act by extracting impurities (as they are attracted to dirt and excess oil), without drying out the skin. And they recommend it as a facial cleanser, makeup remover, and moisturizer.
And what are micelles?
Micelles are, so to speak, the most important element of micellar water. They consist of small formations of mild surfactants capable of joining together, and that remain suspended in the water or in the aqueous ingredients that we find in the cleaning product.
They consist of spherical structures formed mainly by amphipathic fatty acids, which have a certain hydrophilic region (polar, which means that it attracts water), and a hydrophobic region (non-polar, so it repels water). Thus, when these soft surface-active structures move in water, the hydrophilic region found in the micelle “faces” the surrounding water molecules, while the hydrophobic region of the micelle remains perfectly protected, hidden from the molecules. of surrounding water.
Thanks to the very amphipathic nature of the micelles, they are used especially in mild facial cleansers with moisturizing qualities. They have a type of spherical chemical structure, which allows dirt and oil or grease to be extracted from the skin in a simple, but truly effective way. They act, so to speak, as if they were tiny intelligent cleansing bubbles, capable of actively attracting both traces of makeup and impurities, in the same way that a magnet does.
For this reason, as we have seen, they trap and dissolve oil, makeup and dirt, removing them from the skin (using a simple wipe or a soft cotton pad is enough, as we have explained), but without the risk of breaking the all-important natural lipid barrier of the skin, which acts as a true protective barrier.
And how do they act? When micelles are applied to the skin’s surface, they surround and remove impurities, oils and dirt. Therefore, they are a wonderful option when you want to avoid chemical products or aggressive detergents, which can end up drying out the skin excessively.
And what exactly are surfactants?
Surfactants, on the other hand, are compounds that reduce the tension that can exist between different liquids, acting as emulsifiers or as detergents (although it is true that they can also provide other interesting qualities in this regard). In fact, most shampoos, shower gels and detergents are based on surfactants.
When is it advisable to use micellar water?
Micellar water is a cleansing product that helps to cleanse the skin in depth. And, in addition, it can be useful when removing the different traces of makeup that may have remained.
For this reason, it can be used before the cleansing routine, or used in the same way as an all-in-one product. Of course, if you have applied a somewhat heavier makeup, or waterproof mascara, it is likely that micellar water will not be fully capable of removing it in depth.
Although, it is true, some micellar waters can remove waterproof cosmetics or more extensive makeup, in the same way that it would remove the dirt that accumulates on the skin every day. However, it is possible that, in most cases, it will be necessary to use a make-up remover product as an extra help.
And it is advisable to use micellar water with the help of a cotton ball or pad, as it will be useful for the product to more easily absorb dirt.
However, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may find at some point that this product isn’t quite capable of cleansing your skin as well as you’d like. If so, most experts recommend supplementing or combining micellar water with a traditional facial cleanser.
How to make my own micellar water at home?
Believe it or not, the reality is that micellar water is extremely easy to make. We will tell you below what ingredients you need, as well as the steps to follow to be able to do it easily at home. You dare?
- 226 gr of pure warm water (or distilled)
- ½ teaspoon liquid vegetable glycerin
- ⅛ teaspoon granular or liquid lecithin
- ½ teaspoon sweet almond or argan oil
- ½ teaspoon of liquid soap
- A fine mesh strainer
- A sterilized glass jar with a tight lid
- glass container (for mixing)
Instructions or Preparation:
First of all, we will start by placing the pure warm water in the glass container. In another bowl put the ingredients and mix well. Strain to remove any remaining lecithin particles.
To finish, pour it carefully into the glass jar after having sterilized it, and close it well with the help of the airtight lid.
How to use my homemade micellar water:
It’s actually extremely simple and easy, and it’s no different from how you would use a micellar water-based product bought at any cosmetic or beauty store.
You just have to apply some homemade micellar water on a cotton ball and squeeze out the excess. Then press the cotton ball on the skin of the face, but avoiding rubbing it. Let it act for a few seconds, and finally remove it.
What if you have some makeup on? If so, you will most likely have to rub a little, but ideally not, since rubbing the skin could end up irritating the skin. And, obviously, it is not the most desirable.
Some useful natural substitutes:
As you have seen, the ideal is to make our own homemade micellar water using natural ingredients. Although they can be easily replaced by others, useful to enjoy different qualities and benefits.
Thus, it is possible to use different waters to achieve different results. For example, if you have large pores and oily skin, witch hazel is ideal instead of water. Or replace it even with rose water, which is useful for sensitive skin. In any case, this does not affect the useful life of our micellar water, lasting practically the same.
Of course, if you choose to add a compound or botanical ingredient, as could be the case with rose petals, for example, you may need a preservative element. Or, well, keep it in the fridge to try to make it last a few more days.
It is also possible to use cucumber water. To do it, you simply have to blend the cucumber and place it, so that only the juice remains. Thus, you can substitute pure water for cucumber water.
Quick Micellar Water Recipe
If you don’t have enough time, or you just don’t want to get too complicated, the truth is that it is perfectly possible to make your own micellar water easily and simply, in just a few minutes. Basically because you need just 4 ingredients, which stand out precisely for being one hundred percent natural.
- 1 cup of rose water
- 2 teaspoons witch hazel (non-alcoholic)
- 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
- 4 drops of sweet almond oil
Instructions and Preparation:
You just have to add each of the ingredients to a perfectly clean dropper bottle. Close it and shake it a little so that the ingredients tend to integrate and combine well.
When it comes to keeping it, just keep it in the fridge for a maximum of 2 weeks. As it does not have any type of compound with preservative qualities, the ideal is not to use it once this time has passed.
How to use it:
After cleansing your skin, add some of this quick homemade micellar water to a cotton ball or pad, and simply glide it gently over your skin. As you’ll soon discover, there’s no need to rinse your skin afterwards. On the other hand, if desired, you can repeat twice a day, or more if you need to.
How to make distilled water and purified water?
Both in this recipe that we propose and in others that we will echo in the following sections, among the ingredients you will find a basic element, essential in this sense: distilled water. Which can lead us to ask ourselves two basic questions: what is it really, and how can we make distilled water at home? And above all, how is it different from purified water?
Distilled water, as its name suggests, is created from a distillation process, in which pure H2O is boiled, completely eliminating each and every one of the contaminating elements it may contain. In this sense, many of the contaminants that we find naturally in water are usually inorganic minerals and metals, among others. These contaminants have very high melting points, and even higher boiling points.
Then, as the water – with its contaminants – begins to boil, the pure water turns into steam, which is subsequently captured and cooled. This is what is called distilled water. Ultimately, what would be left would be all these contaminants.
The essence of distilled water, therefore, is basically this: the water (liquid) when heated turns into water vapor (gas), and then the condensation is collected with the help of ice (solid).
In the case of purified water, however, we find ourselves with a type of water that is defined by the levels (or lack thereof) of any type of impurity found in it. In order for it to be so named, the impurities present in the water must be removed or reduced to extremely low levels. Thus, the impurity load of the various dissolved solids in purified water cannot exceed 10 parts per million, and any water that meets this threshold is inherently considered to be of higher purity than filtered water, tap water, or even plain water. of spring
- How to make distilled water. You will need a large pot with a lid, a small pot, water, ice, and oven mitts (essential for handling hot cookware). First place the large pot on the fire, and add 8 cups of water. Next, place the smaller pot inside the larger pot of water (which should float on top of the water). We must bear in mind that the key to circulating the steam inside the large pot is precisely the air flow. Then raise the heat to a temperature between medium and medium-high, but it is essential to prevent the water from boiling, it is best that the water is kept at a constant level between 180 to 200 ºC. Place the pot lid upside down on the large pot. And add the ice to cover the lid. The difference in temperature on both sides of the lid will help speed up the process. You may need to replenish your ice supply one to two times an hour. Be careful when pouring the melted ice, as it will now be hot. Finally, whatever amount of water has fallen into the smallest drop will be distilled water.
- How to make purified water. Possibly the simplest and most common method of purifying water is to boil it. To do this you just have to put water in a saucepan, and put it on the fire, at a high temperature, until it boils. Then, once it starts to boil, lower the heat slightly and let it continue to boil for a minimum of 5 to 10 minutes. Ultimately, the longer the water boils, the purer or more purified it will become.
Once the distilled or purified water is made, you will have it perfectly ready to prepare your micellar water. Of course, the conservation process is essential, especially when it comes to preventing this water from becoming contaminated again. Therefore, it is best to let it cool down a bit (especially so as not to burn ourselves), and use it immediately depending on the recipe for homemade micellar water that we want to follow.
Another simple recipe to make homemade micellar water
If you want to try another equally simple recipe to make your own micellar water at home, this time we will use decal glucoside (a surfactant, and one of the main active cleaning ingredients in our homemade micellar water), rose water, aloe vera liquid, glycerin, cucumber extract, distilled water and lactic acid.
- 60 g of distilled water
- 15 g of aloe vera juice
- 15 g of rose water
- 2g cucumber extract
- 3 g of glycerin
- 3g decal glucoside
- Lactic acid
Instructions or Preparation:
Once you have all the ingredients ready according to the quantities indicated in the ingredients section of this recipe, combine the water, aloe vera juice, rose water, glycerin and cucumber extract in a saucepan.
Then, with the help of a hand blender, slowly add the decal glucoside, mixing until fully incorporated into the other ingredients. It is not recommended to mix it vigorously, since if we do it like this it will end up producing a lot of foam. Also, it is normal for it to form a little.
When it has settled, you will have your micellar water ready. You will simply have to carefully pour it into a container or glass bottle of your choice.
Homemade micellar water recipe with liquid soap
If you prefer to learn how to prepare another homemade micellar water, this time, in addition to distilled water, lecithin, glycerin, vegetable oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oil, we will also use liquid soap. Do you dare to discover the ingredients, and the steps to follow easily?
- 1 cup of distilled or purified water
- 1/8 teaspoon lecithin
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid vegetable glycerin
- 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil (sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, or argan oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
- A few drops of essential oil (rose, tea tree or lavender). Optional
Instructions or Preparation:
Heat the water a little, and when it is lukewarm, place it in a glass container. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. If you see any lecithin particles, it is best to strain it to remove it. Finally, once all the ingredients are properly mixed and combined, finish by transferring the micellar water to a glass bottle that is perfectly clean. Close well with the help of a lid.
And how can we make homemade makeup remover wipes?
If you are passionate about the world of the most natural beauty, and you have already encouraged yourself to prepare and make your own micellar water at home, you may have also wondered about how it is possible to make homemade makeup remover wipes, trying to use ingredients a little more natural (or even ecological).
What do you need:
- 4 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 2 tablespoons witch hazel (non-alcoholic)
- 2 tablespoons of castile soap
- 10 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
- Distilled water
- Organic cotton pads
Instructions and Preparation:
In the glass jar, combine sweet almond oil, witch hazel, Castile soap, and Roman chamomile essential oil. Now fill the jar with distilled water, leaving about an inch and a half of space at the top. Close the jar and mix well.
Now slowly add the organic cotton pads, pushing them well to the bottom of the jar, so that they absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Then just keep adding the cotton pads, until you reach the top and there is no liquid left on top.
Ideally all of the liquid solution will be absorbed by the pads. If not (for example, if there is still a little liquid left on top), continue adding more, until there is practically nothing left.
Once this is done, close the glass jar and reserve until you need to use the pads.
Useful tips: Although sweet almond oil is extremely interesting for the qualities it offers on the skin, you can substitute it for any other vegetable oil. The best candidates are grapeseed oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil, also very popular in this regard. Regarding essential oils, you can also replace Roman chamomile essential oil with tea tree essential oil, with interesting softening qualities, geranium, sandalwood or rose.