You’ve probably heard of micellar water by now. Over the last few years, it’s been all the rage in the world of beauty products. While micellar water is fantastic for removing makeup and cleansing your face, it has many other applications that have yet to go mainstream. One of the lesser-known benefits of micellar water is that it’s an easy, safe way to cleanse your baby’s skin!

In this post, the baby experts at Mustela share all the information you’ll need to know about micellar water. We’ll explain what it is, how it works, why it’s safe for babies, and how to use it. Here we go!

What Is Micellar Water?

Like so many other wonderful skincare products, micellar water was first created in Paris. The tap water in Paris is notoriously “hard”—meaning it’s high in minerals like calcium and magnesium. Since hard water can be rough on skin and hair, the Parisians wanted a cleanser that didn’t require a tap water rinse after being rubbed on their skin. This spurred the development of micellar water.

Put simply, micellar water is a liquid cleanser that removes dirt and oil from your skin. What makes micellar water unique is that it doesn’t require lathering or rinsing. Try to imagine a soap that cleanses your skin but doesn’t need to be lathered on or rinsed off after application! That’s micellar water, in a nutshell.

How Does Micellar Water Work?

It might be hard to believe that a cleanser can be effective without any lathering or rinsing, but it’s true! And there’s a fascinating scientific explanation behind micellar water’s cleansing power.

As the name might suggest, micellar water is a water solution that contains special molecules called micelles. These micelles are essentially magnets for oil and dirt. When you wipe a cloth that has been dipped in micellar water across your skin, the tiny micelles drag all the gunk and grime away with them.

So, in short, micellar water sweeps all the dirt, makeup, and oil away from your skin without washing away the moisture or causing irritation.

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Is Micellar Water Safe For Babies?

Now that we understand how micellar water works, it’s time to answer the question of whether or not it’s safe to use on your baby’s skin. Because as a parent, one of your most important jobs is to look at the ingredients in the skin care products you use on your baby. Always avoid harsh chemicals, such as parabens and phthalates.

So, then, what about micellar water? Is it safe for your little one? The answer is yes, absolutely! One of the biggest advantages of micellar water is that most varieties are completely safe to use on your baby’s delicate skin.

It’s important that we emphasize the word “most” for a moment. Some micellar waters—especially those formulated for adults—may contain alcohol or other harmful ingredients. These types of micellar water may cause discomfort on your baby’s easily-irritated skin, so it’s best to avoid them. This is especially true for newborns and babies with extremely sensitive or dry skin.

In addition, some micellar waters may contain strong chemicals that are not safe to use on your baby. One of the chemicals you should watch out for is a surfactant called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). Skincare products with SLS or SDS are safe for adults, but they shouldn’t be used on young children because they can irritate your baby’s skin and eyes.

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Apart from products with harmful ingredients like the ones mentioned above, micellar water is completely safe to use on your baby. Because of the oil-grabbing properties of the micelle tails, micellar water is an extremely mild and gentle cleanser.

If you’re looking for the perfect micellar water for your baby, look no further than Mustela’s No Rinse Cleansing Water. It’s an alcohol-free, hypoallergenic micellar water that’s been specially formulated for babies. It’s even safe to use on newborns! A full 98 percent of its ingredients are of natural origin, including patented avocado peptides, so you can always use Mustela’s No Rinse Cleansing Water with complete peace of mind.

Baby with micellar water

You can also try Mustela’s No Rinse Soothing Cleansing Water, which is a micellar water-based product for babies with sensitive skin. It’s similar to our normal No Rinse Cleansing Water, but it is fragrance-free so that you can help soothe and protect your baby’s sensitive skin without worrying about added fragrances.

How Do You Use Micellar Water?

Now that we’ve gone over what micellar water is, how it works, and why most types are safe for babies, it’s time to explain exactly how to use it. Just follow these simple steps to use micellar water safely and effectively on your little one.

  1. Pump Mustela’s No Rinse Cleansing Water on your washcloth or cotton pad. Apply generously, but not so much that the fabric is dripping.
  2. Gently pat the saturated cloth onto the area of your baby’s body that you’d like to cleanse. Hold the cloth to your baby’s skin for 3-5 seconds.
  3. Wipe the wet cloth along the same area of your baby’s skin that you held the cloth to in Step 2. It’s OK to wipe the same area several times if necessary. (Remember, if you’re using micellar water to clean your baby’s diaper area, be sure to wipe from front to back!)
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for all other parts of your baby’s skin that need to be cleansed.

That’s all there is to it! Using micellar water is as quick and easy as it is safe and effective. There are just a few additional tips you should know before getting started.

First, if you’re cleansing your baby’s diaper area, it’s best to use cotton pads rather than a washcloth. That way, you can throw each cotton pad away after using it. Of course, you can use cotton pads to cleanse any part of your baby’s body. Just make sure to toss them in the trash after each use.

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Second, if you prefer using a washcloth, make sure to use a soft, gentle cloth that won’t be too harsh on your baby’s delicate skin. Also, try to use different areas of the washcloth to cleanse different parts of your baby’s skin. After one piece of the cloth has been used, it will have microscopic dirt and oil particles attached to it, so you wouldn’t want to rub that same piece of cloth against your baby’s skin again.

When Should You Use Micellar Water?

As we mentioned earlier, micellar water was developed to allow the men and women of Paris to cleanse their faces without having to use the city’s harsh tap water. Nowadays, many women use it as a makeup remover or as a gentle cleanser for when a traditional lather-and-rinse cleansing isn’t possible.

But what about your little bundle of joy? When should you use micellar water on your baby? Micellar water can really come in handy:

  • While changing your baby’s diaper. Micellar water is extra helpful after a particularly dirty diaper.
  • When you’re traveling or going on vacation. Mustela’s No Rinse Cleansing Water comes in convenient 100 mL bottles that are perfect for long trips or quick clean ups.
  • When you don’t have time to go through your baby’s entire daily hygiene routine. Micellar water can’t completely replace baths, but it serves as an effective substitute when life gets hectic.
  • If your baby has dry or eczema-prone skin. Bathing multiple times a day can remove moisture from your baby’s skin, so using Mustela’s No Rinse Soothing Cleansing Water can help keep your little one’s skin clean and hydrated between baths.

With so many different uses, micellar water is a must-have skincare product—for both you and your baby! It’s one of the few items that belong in your makeup bag and in your little one’s diaper bag. And now that the baby exerts at Mustela have brought you up to speed, you can start putting micellar water to use in all the best ways!