If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m pretty big on maintaining a clear, healthy complexion. I like to thoroughly moisturize and condition my skin to keep it looking plump and youthful (read all bout that here) and make sure my complexion looks even and radiant (more about here). However, I’d be lying if I said that removing my makeup before bed is something that I’m always passionate about. I absolutely hate sleeping in makeup as I’m fully aware of the immediate and long term consequences on my skin. But after a long day, sometimes I just want to dive face first into bed not wash my face and then layer on serum, eye cream and night cream. I think we al have those long days where we’re just too tired to even think about hovering over the sink to wash off the day’s makeup.
That’s why I like to believe that’s why micellar water exists now. Micellar water is perfect for those days (or nights) when standing for another second is all too much but removing the day’s makeup, dirt and oil is still oh so important. I’ve tried a few micellar waters so far including the new Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic which makes my life a lot easier after a long day. The Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic is formulated with some rather impressive ingredients like glycerin, cactus flower extract, jasmine and more to remove makeup and tone skin without the need to rinse with water. I’ve been using the Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic for a few weeks now and I like it so far. It removes makeup and cleanses very well but it’s not perfect. The Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic works like a charm on my face but it stings my sensitive eyes. I’ve never had this problem with a micellar water irritating my eyes but the Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic just doesn’t seem to agree with my sensitive eyes. Thankfully, it’s just a light sting and not a burning sensation but it’s not a comfortable feeling either way so I just use my trusty Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover to remove my eye makeup and then use the Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic on the rest of my face.
I hate that the Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic irritates my eyes though because it actually does a bang up job at removing eye makeup–even the waterproof stuff. It easily breaks down the seemingly indestructible Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner I’ve grown to love and any mascara I toss at it. I think the Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic is a great option if your eyes aren’t sensitive like mine. However, if you’re prone to sensitivity around the eyes I’d say you can safely skip the Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic unless you don’t mind using a separate eye makeup remover.