Micelle Cleansers Decoded {spotlight: Bioderma Micelle Solution}

Gosh, I love the skincare industry! I get so excited when I discover cool, new technology and because I’m the Beauty Nerd, backed by a chemistry degree and all (note I’m being facetious), I thrive on any opportunity to geek out on novel skincare technologies. Such is the case with the new cleanser I’ve been using – Bioderma’s Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution for sensitive skin.

If you have sensitive skin, it is preferable that you do not use a facial cleanser with surfactants which can be irritating. To figure out whether you have surfactants in your cleanser, look for any ingredient with sulphates such as sodium lauryl sulphate or triethanolamine lauryl sulphate. The easiest way to determine whether your cleanser has surfactants is to see if they foam. If they do, it most certainly has some sort of a surfactant which can be irritating for a sensitive skin individual.

Now you may ask, can a cleanser actually do a good job of cleaning if it doesn’t foam? The answer is yes! We are psychologically programmed to believe that cleansers are only effective when they foam, but note that this is purely psychological! In fact, cleansers with micelle technology does a pretty darn good job of emulsifying impurities. What are micelles you ask? Well here’s a quick little Chemistry 101 for ya. Micelles are a cluster of molecules that have hydrophilic heads (water-loving) and hydrophobic tails (water-hating). See illustration on the left. When applied to the skin, the micelle opens up, the hydrophobic tails attract all the dirt and debris and then whisks it away. The skin is thereby effectively cleansed without any dryness or irritation.

With micelle cleansers, all you have to do is soak a cotton pad with a bit of the solution, and gently wipe off any makeup on eyes and face. The Bioderma formula is also fragrance-free and can even remove water-resistant makeup. Given that my skin has become rather sensitive lately, I am loving the non-foaming cleansers. The Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution is especially gentle. I do find that it takes a little longer to remove my mascara compared to my regular eye makeup removers, but it still does a sufficient job dissolving my makeup. And the fact that it’s soothing to my skin, makes it all worthwhile.

Have you tried any of the micelle cleansers? Do you like them? If so, which brands?


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