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The Lowdown on This Fancy Water Cleanser
Micellar water is the choice of professional makeup artists and actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
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We first heard about Bioderma's Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution from our favorite makeup artists who have been ordering it from France for years. It’s used to remove dirt and (last night’s) makeup before anything is applied to the face. “It can remove even the toughest mascara,” makeup artist Archie Tolentino tells us. At Bioderma’s launch in Manila, we learned that the cleansing water—a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow—is more than a makeup remover; it’s a skincare product first and foremost. It thoroughly cleanses the skin while naturally restoring its biological functions, including its ability to rebalance, treat, protect, and de-stress itself.

“At its core is a formulation principle—the commitment to provide natural biological ingredients that support skin,” says Bruno Hostelet, Bioderma regional director. “Selecting the purest active ingredients and giving priority to ingredients already present in the skin are how we design our products.”


Formulated with micelles, a type of molecular cluster that splits open when applied on the skin, grabs whatever isn’t water, then closes after the pressure of swiping is over, it works great for removing dirt, oil, and makeup while being gentle on the skin. Basically, micellar water works like a vacuum cleaner by lifting dirt, which is more effective than cleansers that work by sweeping dirt like a broom. Skin is left feeling clean, supple, and glowing. It comes in four variants for every skin type. P1,200 to P1,300/ 250ml, available at Watsons and dermatologists’ clinics nationwide.

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