Advances in the beauty industry gave us countless options and products to choose from. Looking at cleansers alone, there are at least eight types. Trends on social media, however, have been casting the spotlight on two types: micellar water and cleansing oil.
Unfortunately, the debate of which is better for you between micellar water and cleansing oil cannot be decided by popular videos. So, let us look into the pros and cons of each.
Micellar Water vs. Cleansing Oil
From the names, we know that micellar water is water-based and cleansing oil is oil-based. Micellar water can wash away impurities such as pollution and dirt from your skin. On the other hand, cleansing oil can break down dirt and oil-based makeup.
To make it easier for you to decide which one fits your skin and lifestyle, here are the pros and cons of each:
Pro: Gentle on the skin
Both micellar water and cleansing oil are gentle on the skin. However, you should take into consideration the type of impurities you are removing from your face. Attempting to remove oil-based makeup using micellar water might call for more rubbing, which could be harsh on the skin.
Con: Specific skin type
These two cleansers have different bases, making skin type a crucial factor to consider when deciding.
Experts recommend micellar water for those with oily skin and cleansing oil for those with dry skin. Neglecting this condition might worsen these skin conditions. For example, using cleansing oil on oily skin might leave more excess oils on the skin.
Note that some products may be formulated for all skin types or normal skin.
Pro: No sink needed
This one is for micellar water. All you need to do is to saturate a cotton pad and wipe the impurities off your skin. After that, your skin is ready for the next step in your routine. Some experts recommend micellar water for that quick morning wash.
Con: Needs washing off
Cleansing oil has to be applied on the face, emulsified, then washed off with water. You have to be careful as improper rinsing could leave excess oil on your face.
Experts recommend removing as much makeup using makeup removers before using cleansing oil.
With the merits of both cleansers, some experts recommend using both in your routine. Micellar water can be used to remove stubborn impurities, and cleansing oil can be used to wash off those that remain.