|Press Sample. All opinions are my own.|
If there are two trends I've noticed on the rise in the world of skincare, it's Micellar Water and oils. I've been on board with oil for a while now, and have reviewed lots of different kinds and brands. Micellar Water is new to me, but I've been hearing about it. I'm really excited to share with you my experience using these two products from Borghese!
What is Micellar water? According to Best Health, it's water with micelles in it. Easy, right?
Micelles are tiny charged particles of fatty-acid esters (Jojoba, for example, is an ester) that attract dirt and grime. So, when you wipe your face with a pad soaked in Micellar water, the dirt particles are electrically attracted to the micelles, and are whisked away.
There's no need to rinse, and because of the oils and esters in the cleanser, skin is left feeling smooth and moisturized. Though it sounds like Space-Age technology, it's actually been around for a hundred years, originating in France where the water was particularly harsh for cleansing.
That's good news for a makeup wipe junkie like me, always trying new wipes that don't always work out. Apparently, the only place Micellar Water falls a bit short is in removing waterproof makeup, which does better with a silicone-based remover. I don't tend to wear waterproof, though, so I didn't test that.
I even liked using this cleansing water in the mornings for a fresh face before applying serums and the like. It has hyaluronic acid in it, too, which helps skin hold onto moisture.
After using the Borghese Fango Active Mineral Micellar Cleansing Water ($30/4 oz) for a month, I'm a convert. I love pretty much everything about it. It's not fragranced, it's light and fresh, doesn't sting my eyes unless I get a lot in them, and it removes my makeup better than most wipes ever did.
At the end of my night-time skincare regiment, I love applying a facial oil. But, but, you say - you have oily skin! Why are you applying more oil? Cleansing can often strip our skin of essential oils, making our skin look dry and lifeless - for a hot second, if you have oily skin like me. Then, my skin starts working overtime to replace that missing oil, and it's terrible at putting on the brakes, leaving my face greasy and blemished. Replacing some of those essential oils can stop that cycle, and bring skin into balance.
I find this Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil ($60/1 oz) to be light, not fragranced, and absorb quickly. In my nightly routine, I would place about a half a dropper-full into the cup of my hand, warm it up by rubbing my hands together, and then pat it lightly all over my face and neck. Any residual oil would be rubbed into my hands and cuticles. I definitely credit the regular use of moisturizers and oils for my youthful skin and hands.
Speaking of my smooth, smooth fingers, here's my Fango-inspired mani. I used LynBDesigns Planet Skaro as the orange, glittery base, and painted both the French tips and my rendition of the Borghese crest with SOPI Give Peach A Chance.
Having had the opportunity to try out some of Borghese's eyeshadows, lipglosses, and lipsticks, I think their skincare is a nice addition to their luxe line of products. I like their attention to detail in the products and the packaging, which is essential for a luxury product line.
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