The real difference between micellar water and a toner and why you need both

Written by Anjali AgarwalNov 05, 2019

If you fancy yourself a skincare junkie, you must always be on the lookout for new skincare products to add to your kitty. But do you know what exactly each skincare product does and when you should be using them? No matter how common these skincare staples are, their features and purpose can sometimes be confusing. 

Talking about confusing skincare products, micellar water and toner are two such skincare products that are often perplexing, even for the skincare buffs. So if you’ve wondered too about the real difference between micellar water and toner and when to use each, let’s clear that up for you today.

What is Micellar Water?

Micellar water is basically a combination of oil and water that helps get makeup and impurities off your face. The tiny oil droplets called micelles are suspended into soft water and draw out dirt, oil and grime from the face, leaving it squeaky clean and hydrated. It is a cleansing product that removes makeup, cleanses the face and moisturises all at once, but it’s primary purpose is clearing out oil, stubborn makeup and dirt from the face. It wipes off every last bit of makeup (even your waterproof eye makeup) and that’s a feature that stands out for this skincare product.

What is Toner?

Toner is used after you’ve wiped your makeup off and cleansed your face with a face wash. It is water with skin-loving ingredients like glycerine, acids and antioxidants formulated in it. It works on maintaining the pH level of the skin, shrinking pores, removing dead skin cells and providing hydration. It also cleanses parts of the face that wipes and cleansers couldn’t clean. Lastly, it removes excess oil and leaves your skin smoother and plump.

Which to use - micellar water or toner?

Use micellar water before anything else. It is the first step in your skincare routine. Pour some micellar water on a cotton pad and glide it over your face to clean it. Wash your face with a face wash and then go ahead and use a toner. Toner helps close the pores and seal in moisture lost in the cleansing process. Also, it cleanses your skin thoroughly and leaves it glowing and healthy. Follow up with a moisturiser.

FAQs about micellar water and toner

Q. Can you use micellar water as a toner?

A. If you don’t have any other option, only then use micellar water as a toner. Toners are formulated to address various skin concerns and the purpose of micellar water is different, so we’d suggest that you do not ignore toner. Unless absolutely necessary, we do not recommend using micellar water as a toner.

Q. Do dermatologists recommend micellar water?

A. Since micellar water is gentle on the skin and suitable for all skin types, dermatologists do not see why using them could be an issue. They do not find any problem with using micellar water.

Q. Is micellar water good for acne?

A. Yes, using micellar water is good for acne. If you have acne-prone skin, then you can use micellar water formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. Since it is gentle, it can cleanse the dirt and oil on the face easily without irritating the skin.

Q. Should I use micellar water if I don’t wear makeup?

A. Definitely! While micellar water is majorly used to remove makeup, don’t forget that it is a cleansing product. Using micellar water can remove all the oil and impurities that settle on your skin during the day.

Q. Can I use micellar water to remove sunscreen?

A. Yes, micellar water can definitely be used to remove sunscreen. The best part is that you will not need to deal with any soapy ingredients during the process. After using micellar water to remove sunscreen, there’s no need for rinsing as well.