In recent years, micellar water has taken the beauty and skincare industry by storm, touted as a miracle product for gentle yet effective cleansing. What makes micellar water so special, and why has it become a staple in skincare routines worldwide? In this blog post, we will delve into the science behind micellar water and unravel its cleansing magic.
What is micellar water?
Micellar water is a clear, water-like liquid that contain one or several different types of surfactants. Surfactants are molecules which have a hydrophilic (water-attracting) "head" and a lipophilic (oil-attracting) "tail." When there is an excess amount of surfactants in a solution, they form micelles. As the name implies, micelle have a crucial role in the cleaning process. Micellar water is used as a makeup remover and general facial cleanser. It is often free of harsh chemicals, making it a gentle option for daily cleansing and suitable for most skin types.
How does micellar water work?
When micellar water is applied to the cotton pad, the micelle breaks and hydrophilic parts are attracted to the water (towards the pad) whereas lipophilic parts are pointing outwards. As the pad is swiped across the skin’s surface, the lipophilic tails seek out oil, dirt, and other impurities on the skin. The oil and dirt particles are surrounded and encapsulated by the surfactants. Now, the hydrophilic head is again pointing outwards making the impurities suspended within the liquid and efficiently removed from the skin.
The science behind micellar water reveals why it has become a beloved skincare product. Its micellar structures effectively remove impurities, makeup, and excess oil from the skin's surface without the need for harsh scrubbing, making it suitable for a wide range of skin types. Its versatility and hydrating properties have made it a must-have in skincare routines worldwide. So, the next time you reach for that bottle of micellar water, remember the fascinating science that makes it such a gentle yet powerful cleanser for your skin.
Surfactants are key components in many products and processes where the surfactant-surface interaction dynamic could be critical. Here we show how the surfactant interaction with surfaces can be analyzed in a time-resolved manner at the nanoscale.
Susanna is an Application Scientist at Biolin Scientific. In her PhD thesis, she developed fabrication methods for a new type of inorganic-organic polymers. Microfabricated polymer chips were utilized as tool for biomolecule separation in analytical chemistry.