Micellar Face Care Guide - 6 Benefits Of Micellar Water

Want to discover more about the benefits of micellar water, what it is and how micelles work? Read on for advice on the best micellar water for you.

What is Micellar Water?

You're probably familiar with the what micellar water does, but are you sure you know what it is? 

What is Micellar Water?

Micellar water like NIVEA Micellar Cleansing Water is a cleanser that contains micelles, these suspended surfactant molecules are hydrophilic and oleophilic meaning they attract water, oil and the dirt that comes with them. Which when combined with a cotton pad or wipe work to remove stubborn make-up. 

The unique properties of micellar water mean that, depending on your skin type, it can be used as a facial wash, make-up remover and moisturiser. You might want to combine various different moisturisers and facial washes to get the best results though.

What are Micelles?

Micelles are virtually invisible concentrated molecules that are both ‘water-loving’ (hydrophilic) and ‘fat-loving’ (oleophilic). This means they can remove dirt which is water-soluble and fat-soluble because they are naturally attracted to oil and water based substances. Micelles envelop oil and wax based dirt particles within their existing oleophilic centre, so that they can be easily removed without the need to rub or cause irritation.

When used with cotton pads, which are also ‘water-loving’, the outer part of the micelle sticks to the cotton pad almost like a magnet, and in effect both sweep up dirt when paired together. Using Micellar Water causes this natural phenomenon which is used to remove make-up easily and quickly, while caring for the skin and eyelashes.


Facial wipes like NIVEA Daily Essentials 3 in 1 Cleansing Wipes provide a great all-in-one solution for cleansing and make-up removal. The wipes get to work quickly, and their caring formula with Vitamin E leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated. 


Micellar Water for All Skin Types

With the wide range of NIVEA's micellar products, there's something for each skin type. Micellar water is gentle and hydrating which makes it perfect for both dry and sensitive skin. Read our micellar water for dry skin and micellar water for sensitive skin for more help.

Oily skin can also benefit, with micellar water acting as the first step in a skin routine followed up by a moisturising, face wash such as NIVEA Daily Essential Gentle Cleansing Cream Face Wash can round off your oily skin routine and leave your skin feeling soft and well cared for. 

Acne and Micellar Water

The best micellar water for acne prone skin is one that doesn't leave residue behind.

NIVEA's Skin Breathe Micellar Water removes stubborn eye make-up (and general make-up), gently and deeply cleans and soothes without leaving a residue that blocks pores that could lead to acne.

Reasons to Love NIVEA Micellar Water

6 Benefits of NIVEA Micellar Make-Up Removers

  1. They are Convenient Way to Remove Makeup
    Remove your makeup on-the-go wherever you are with ease! Whether that is at the gym, in transit or after a long day. Micellar water makeup remover does not require any rinsing so can be used in any situation.
  2. They are Gentle & Kind to Skin
    Micellar water acts like a magnet to catch makeup, dirt and impurities so you can easily sweep them away without the need to scrub vigorously and cause irritation. NIVEA Micellar Water Sensitive Skin has been carefully created to meet the needs of sensitive skin, so you can remove makeup without any discomfort.
  3. They Contain Additional Ingredients That are Fantastic for Skin
    Our NIVEA Professional Micellar Water is infused with Green Tea which is rich in antioxidants and can help to: brighten skin, minimise acne, reduce signs of fatigue, reduce irritation and support natural regeneration and repair. Other NIVEA Micellar products are enriched with additional ingredients such as Vitamin E & Rose Oil to give your skin further benefits, above just deeply cleansing.
  4. They are Efficient
    All of our micellar cleansing products ensure easy makeup removal with a simple swipe of your cotton pad or wipe, leaving no sign of any smudges.
  5. They Leave 0% Greasy Residue
    The lightweight formulas of our MicellAIR cleansers and makeup removers ensure there is no left over residue after removing makeup, allowing your skin to breathe and feel fresh.
  6. They are Quick & Easy 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution
    NIVEA Micellar makeup removers combines the steps of makeup removal, cleansing, toning and moisturising in one. So you can wave goodbye to having to use multiple products and going through multiple steps for a deeply cleansed face!

woman cleaning her face

How To Use Micellar Water


1. Select
Choose the right Micellar Water make-up remover for your skin type (dry, sensitive, normal).

2. Wipe
Apply NIVEA Micellar Water to your cotton pad and wipe away the day’s make-up.

3. Soothe
Feel the gentle toning and moisturising effect on your skin.


  • Let the Micellar Water soaked cotton pad or wipe rest on your closed eyes to soften the make-up before you sweep across the face and eyes.
  • Be careful not to rub or tug.
  • Repeat gentle wipes until your pad or wipe comes off clean.There’s no need to use too much pressure.
  •  Always remove make-up from the eye before cleaning the rest of your face.
  • Cleansing and toning your face is important - fortunately, Micellar Water is 3-in-1 so no need to do anything else! 

When it comes to tough, stubborn make-up like waterproof mascara Micellar Wipes acts like a magnet to wipe the make-up away from your sensitive eye area for quick, gentle and easy removal.

Micellar products

Find the perfect make-up removers here with NIVEA
Micellar Wipes Black

Professional Micellar Make-up Remover Wipes

NIVEA Professional Micellar Make-up Remover Wipes effortlessly sweep away long-lasting and waterproof makeup in one step, without leaving any greasy residue, so you can freshen up and cleanse your face on-the-go. The gentle formula with black tea extract particularly cares for the eye area leaving lashes intact.

Micellar Gel Oil Free

Micellar Gel Eye Make-up Remover

For oily skin NIVEA Oil Free Micellar Gel Eye and Lip Make-up Remover removes make-up with a oil-free micellar gel perfect for those with an oily skin type. Gentle to your sensitive eye area to effectively remove makeup whilst leaving lashes intact and without leaving any greasy residue on your skin.

Micellar Water Black

Professional Micellar Water

Formulated with a dry oil and black tea extract NIVEA Professional Micellar Water is perfect for removing tough waterproof mascara at the end of the day. Further enriched with Green Tea extract to give your skin a boost of antioxidants, leaving it deeply cleansed and fresh with 0% greasy residue.

Convenient Make-Up Remover

After a Long Day or a Night Out

Whether you are a multi-tasking mum or a busy businesswoman, it helps to win back some precious time for yourself. NIVEA Daily Essentials 3 in 1 Cleansing Micellar Wipes are one of the best make-up removers from NIVEA, giving gentle and moisturising skincare with a simple swipe. 

In the office

NIVEA Daily Essentials 3 in 1 Cleansing Micellar Wipes are a girl’s best friend. Keep a packet in your locker or in your desk for those days when you need to correct, remove or reapply your make-up in a hurry.

On the tube or the bus

Touching up or taking off your make-up on public transport is not ideal, but it is handy. With NIVEA Wipes you can remove the day’s make-up and grime before you even reach the next stop.

In Your Handbag

When putting on your make-up, accidents sometimes happen. Storing some NIVEA Daily Essentials Caring Micellar Cleansing Water in your bag lets you touch up and correct your look on the go.

At the gym

NIVEA Micellar Water and make-up wipes are a handy companion at the gym. Remove your make-up in the changing room without any mess or fuss.

NIVEA Caring Micellar Water Wipes are one of the best make-up removers from NIVEA, as they simultaneously give you gentle and moisturising skincare with a simple swipe.