Why Caroline Hirons wants you to stop using micellar water as a cleanser

It’s safe to say that we hang on every word that comes out of skincare guru Caroline Hirons‘ mouth here at YOU – her no-nonsense, myth-busting approach to skincare and beauty has revolutionised what we put on our faces, how we do it and why.

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So when the beauty expert recently revealed to Tyla that she wants us all to stop using micellar water, we we’re intrigued. The inexpensive product has become a staple in many a bathroom cabinet for its time-saving, zero-faff properties, but Caroline explains that it should categorically never be used as a replacement for proper cleanser.

‘Micellar waters were first designed to be used in situations when there’s no access to water, think festivals or backstage at fashions shows,’ revealed Caroline. ‘They were never meant to be a permanent fixture in skincare routines. And they are not cleansers. These waters are ingredient-heavy with some containing alcohol and most containing fragrance.’

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We’re certainly guilty of reaching for the micellar water in place of our proper cleansing routines when we’re tired, but now we know it’s doing more harm than good, we’re much more likely to put those extra few minutes of effort in.

However, if your usual thorough, multi-step cleansing regime still feels a stretch too far after a late night, Caroline suggests employing an oil cleanser into your skincare arsenal. ‘You’re better off using a good oil cleanser and flannel,’ she says. ‘It’s more gentle, nourishing and quicker all round. Your skin will thank you.’ And we thank you, Caroline.

Caroline recently shared an exclusive extract from her upcoming new book, Skincare: The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide (out 25 June), with YOU Magazine, where she divulged her tips and tricks for the ultimate morning and evening skincare routines. Within this, she also declared that face wipes are out – according to Caroline, they too should be reserved for emergencies only, such as at festivals or on flights, where clean running water is hard to come by.