The genesis of micellar cleansers is Paris, where the infamous hard water is packed with skin and hair-damaging calcium and magnesium and has been wreaking havoc for years.
Micellar cleansers come in water, oil and foam forms. They're designed to wipe away daily grime with the swift sweep of a cotton pad - no rinse needed. Made up of cleansing micelle particles suspended in soft water, these miniature oil particles draw out impurities, oil and the most smudge-proof eye makeup without harsh chemicals. They're so skin-friendly, that even contact lens wearers can drench the delicate skin around the eye without having to worry about irritation.
Micellar cleansers are a must-have in hand luggage, overnight bags, gym kits and makeup artists' arsenals. They cannot, and should not, replace a dedicated skin ritual but as a pre-cleansing step or an option when there isn't readily available water, a micellar cleanser can be skin-changing so we've curated 10 that we love.