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Is Cleansing Water Worth It?

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

Ever since I started wearing makeup again, I’ve been experimenting on how to remove my makeup. I’ve tried…

Here’s my experience with each method.

Removing makeup only with organic extra virgin olive oil or organic extra virgin coconut oil

This is what I’ve been doing for YEARS. I use organic evoo or organic coconut oil to remove my makeup. My preference is organic evoo. Organic coconut oil feels heavier on my skin. When I use oils on my skin, they must be organic. For some reason, the oils that are not organic do not work on my skin as good compared to the organic ones. My skin looks irritated after using oil that’s not organic on my face. =/ So after applying oil to my face and letting the oil break down my makeup (especially mascara), I wipe the oil off with a cotton pad. This worked for sooo many years. BUT, I met ‘cleansing water’, and I realized that I wasn’t removing my makeup all off. From my experience with cleansing water, I won’t use only oil alone any longer.

Removing makeup with oil plus using cleansing water

This is the best method for my skin type — use oil, wipe, cleansing water, wipe again. Sounds like a long process, right? It’s worth it. Cleansing water does a great job at removing BB Creams. BB Creams stick to the skin like no other! I can’t believe how much makeup I still have on my skin after looking at the cotton pad when using cleansing water. It’s pretty outrageous. I still have lots of foundation (that can’t be seen by the eye) showing up on the cotton pad. Unbelievable. I highly recommend adding cleansing water to your makeup removal routine to make sure everything is off! It helps to prevent breakouts!

Using a makeup cleansing balm plus cleansing water

Since I have oily skin, makeup cleansing balms are meh. I think it’s more for dry or normal skin types. The ones I have used (Physician’s Formula The Perfect Matcha 3-in-1 Melting Cleansing Balm & elf Makeup Remover Balm), I didn’t see or feel anything beneficial to them. I rather just buy a huge bottle of organic evoo or organic extra virgin coconut oil (less expensive too) than buy another cleansing balm (overpriced for what you get). Once again, cleansing water does a great job at removing makeup.

To answer the question, is cleansing water worth it? Yes, it is. I’m still using Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (blue label). I haven’t gotten to the green label yet.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water + How to Remove Makeup

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

Since I’ve been using makeup primers more often than usual, I had to find some skin care products to remove them properly. I had micellar water from Derma E. Honestly, I didn’t like it that much. It didn’t do that well of a job at removing my makeup. I felt as if it dried my skin out overtime. I actually stopped using it for some time. It’s still sitting there on my bathroom counter untouched. I decided to try another micellar water from another brand. This time I chose Garnier SkinActive. This micellar water was less expensive compared to Derma E. I bought two different kinds to test out.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Mattifyng

Here’s the back label of both products.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, Labels

I’ve only used the first one — Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 (not the Mattifying one). I can do a quick review on my experience so far.

My Review on Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1:

This micellar water is much, much better compared to my first micellar water (Derma E). It removes my eye makeup including mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadows so well. It’s really good at removing foundation too. Practically any makeup on the face. It works great! Garnier SkinActive micellar water feels non-greasy and doesn’t irritate the skin. I’ve noticed ever since I’ve added this micellar water into my ‘makeup removal routine’, my skin hasn’t been breaking out from makeup primers (unless the makeup primer isn’t suitable for my skin type). I’m very happy with the results. I almost gave up on micellar water until I found this. So far, I really like it.

So this is what I do to make sure I don’t break-out from makeup primers.

Jojoba Oil
Organic Jojoba Oil

Step 1: I use an oil to remove my makeup. Pure oil. Some examples are extra virgin organic coconut oil and organic jojoba oil. Using an oil helps to break down my makeup. It makes it easier to remove. I take a piece of tissue and wipe off the excess oil along with the makeup.

Step 2: I take some cotton pads and dispense micellar water onto the cotton pads. I wipe my face until I don’t see any makeup left. None. Nada.

elf Cleansing Clothes
elf Cleansing Clothes

Step 3: I use a cleansing cloth. The one I have is from elf Cosmetics. It’s the elf Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths. I don’t think these are the best at removing makeup, but I’ll use them for now, since I have them. I don’t recommend these if you’re looking for some makeup remover cloths. They don’t do a good job at removing makeup at all.

Trader Joe’s Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil
Trader Joe’s Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil

Step 4: I use an exfoliator and/or a facial cleanser to wash my face. My current cleanser is Trader Joe’s SPA Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil.

This method has been working for me. My skin feels cleaner. I haven’t noticed breakouts from using a makeup primer, since I’ve been cleaning my skin more thouroughly. The process is much longer, but it’s worth it in the end. If you’re wondering, I don’t use a makeup primer every single day. I’m only using it right now because I’m going through an ‘initial breakout’ from exfolaints/actives. I’m also using Differin too. Check out my posts on these skin care products below. ~~

Differin 1 Month Results (latest results)

Cos De BAHA Facial Serums

More Cos De BAHA Serums…

Review: Pinpoxe Freckle Cream

I hope this helps! 😊😋

Love, Jen

© Jennifer Nguyen