You are probably already familiar with double cleansing, the Korean skincare ritual that involves the use of an oil-based cleanser followed by a foaming cleanser to thoroughly cleanse the skin from all the impurities that have settled onto it during the day. It may, therefore, come as a surprise to you to learn that micellar water, the Western’s go-to cleansing tool for lazy days, has found its own place into the heart of Korean’s women and their skincare routines.
Needless to say, Korean micellar waters are different from their Western counterparts: while Western formulas are simple oil-in-water concoctions that remove only the most superficial layer of grime without irritating even the most sensitive of skin types, the Korean version features numerous botanical extracts with antioxidants and soothing properties that nourish the skin during the cleansing rituals. For this reason, you won’t find micellar waters in K-Beauty shops; the new and improved Korean version goes by the name “cleansing water”.
One of my favourite cleansing waters is Neologen Dermalogy Real Flower Cleansing Water Calendula. As the name and the packaging give away (you can see calendula petals floating in the cleanser through the see-through bottle), the key ingredient is calendula, a flower that has been used for both skincare and medicinal purposes by all civilisations – Koreans included – since the dawn of time.
Calendula is rich in carotenoids, flavonoids and saponins, antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles. On top of it, this flower is a source of triterpenoid esters. Like flavonoids and saponins, these esters have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that promote skin regeneration and healing as well as reducing inflammation, one of the main causes of premature aging. Just as soothing are allantoin, panthenol and cucumber extracts – in short, this cleansing water is the perfect treatment for rashes, sores, eczema and irritations.
The cleansing water produces a light amount of foam – a tell-tale sign of its gentleness (as a rule, the more foam a cleanser produces, the more irritating and stripping it is). I use it as the second step of the double cleansing routine to remove the few water-based impurities that are still on my skin after the first round of cleansing. Not only this cleansing water removes them all, but it also leaves behind a hydrating layer that leaves my skin softer and smoother.
I particularly like to use this cleansing water on days when my skin is irritated: I know that a few drops will help to quell down the redness and inflammation associated with it. For this reason, I am bringing it on holiday with me this summer. Heaven forbid I develop a sunburn, but just in case the sun should play any unpleasant tricks on my skin, I am sure this cleansing water will help to fix them quickly. If your skin is sensitive, I truly can’t recommend it enough.
Summary: Neogen Dermalogy Real Flower Cleansing Water Calendula gently cleanses skin, removing all traces of water-based impurities without irritating even the most sensitive of skin types.
Claims: An ultra-hydrating cleansing water that whisks away dirt while calming the skin. With real calendula petals suspended in water, the calming formula is perfect for those with easily irritated or redness-prone skin.
Ingredients: Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Calendula Officinalis Flower, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Allantoin, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, 1,2, Hexanediol, Xylitol, Dipropylene Glycol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.
Where to buy: http://www.sephora.com/