Hello! My current skincare obsession at the moment is micellar waters, and I’m determined to try as many as I can. One particular micellar I have been putting through its paces is the Superdrug Vitamin E Micellar Water.
Superdrug Vitamin E Micellar Water
Vitamin E Gentle Micellar Solution is designed to gently but effectively cleanse away impurities, and helps remove makeup and mascara, leaving skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. Enriched with naturally sourced Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that will help to shield your skin against environmental damage and premature skin ageing by combating the harmful effects of free radicals. The multi-functional formula also contains a skin conditioning multivitamin complex, comprising vitamins A, B, F and H, which, combined with horse chestnut extract, helps to care for dry skin.
Aqua, Propylene Glycol (helps the skin to absorb moisture), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides (emollient), Polysorbate 20 (surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (surfactant), Tocopheryl Acetate (skin conditioning), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Parfum (fragrance), Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract (skin conditioning), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Alcohol Denat (preservative/astringent), Benzophenone-4 (enhances the ability of other chemicals to penetrate), PEG-35 Castor Oil (surfactant), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A – antioxidant), Inositol (humectant), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5) (humectant), Linoleic Acid (Vitamin F) (emollient), Biotin (Vitamin H) (used as a texturiser), Coumarin (fragrance), Linalool (fragrance), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (fragrance), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol (preservative).
A few years ago, micellar waters were almost unheard of. Skip to 2015 and now every brand and their dog has slapped their name on one. I have previously tried offerings from Bioderma, as well as Avene, La Roche-Posay and B.Skincare. So far, Bioderma is the one to beat.
Upon a wander around Superdrug, my eyes spotted a new addition to the Superdrug Vitamin E range. For £2.99, I threw caution to the wind, and threw it into my basket.
From the first few uses, I noticed that the micellar felt quite “heavy” on my skin, and it took my skin a while to “get used to it” so to speak. Before I looked at the ingredients in-depth, I would have simply dismissed this as a basic micellar water. It did an okay job of removing my make up. It wasn’t good at removing my eye make up so I used a separate bi-phase remover. Much to my surprise, it didn’t break me out.
However, whilst my skin wasn’t feeling irritated, I did notice that my skin was looking and feeling dull. You know when your face just looks a little bit grey, and feels weird to the touch? Yeah, that. Even though my skin was clear, I didn’t feel like it was healthy. I noticed that make up wasn’t sitting right on my skin; it wouldn’t blend into my skin and when it finally did, it had disappeared after a few hours. My skin was feeling unbelievably dehydrated, and it was taking layers and layers of moisturisers to make it feel normal. Despite these problems, I still didn’t put them down to this micellar water and I even repurchased a second bottle. I thought “if it isn’t giving me spots, then it’s fine!”. Silly me. When will I learn?
Now that I have had a look at the ingredients, I can understand why my skin had declined so much. Eeeek! I know it was only £2.99, and I know that I shouldn’t expect too much, but sadly it seems none of the ingredients are particularly skin beneficial. I don’t feel it particularly has cared for my skin – I think it has made it decline! It claims to be high in anti-oxidant yet there is one, maybe two, ingredients that claim this. A few of the ingredients such as PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil and Sodium Hydroxide(!) have had concerns raised about them, which worries me as this is a product that is designed to be absorbed by the skin and it isn’t washed away. I’ve stopped using this micellar water and I feel that my skin is feeling a lot better for it already. I just hope any damage caused is irreversible and can be corrected!
I think it’s time I give my face a break from micellar waters and give it some TLC. I’m sorry skin, please forgive me!