Micellar Face Care Guide

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 MicellAIR All-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. 


Benefits of Micellar Water

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.


  • 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 removes hardy, long-lasting make-up easily, without leaving a greasy residue. 

The formula gently 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.

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. 

4 Reasons To Love NIVEA Micellar Make-Up Remover

1. It’s Convenient
You can remove your make-up on the go, whether at the gym, travelling or simply after a long day.

2. It has a Gentle Formula
NIVEA Daily Essentials Caring Micellar Cleansing Water with Natural Almond Oil, NIVEA Daily Essentials Sensitive Caring Micellar Water with Grape Seed oil and NIVEA Caring  Make-Up Wipes with vitamin E help to nourish and care for your skin.

3. It’s efficient 
Remove make-up with a swipe of your cotton pad or wipe - no smudges in sight. NIVEA Micellar Water Face Wipes make make-up removal quicker too! 

4. It’s quick and easy
NIVEA Micellar make-up removers combines make-up removal, cleansing, toning and moisturising in one.

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.

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.