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How to French Up Your Skincare Routine

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I’m a self-proclaimed skincare junkie and prone to breakouts, so the idea of doing less to my skin to in turn improve it was something I admit I was always a little skeptic about, but yet very curious to try at the same time. You always hear that sometimes doing more can make skin worse, but I really started to listen when I found out that French women don’t have this 10 step skincare routine and they don’t even wash their face, but instead, they cleanse it.

With what you ask? Micellar water.

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Micellar water is a multi-purpose product that removes makeup, cleanses, and refreshes skin. The idea is to draw out all that gunk while keeping the natural oils on your face.

That’s why I was really excited when the opportunity to partner with Garnier came up. I’ve used their products before but I always wanted to try their Micellar waters, because I’ve read multiple places that micellar water is what the French women use to “wash” their face and my obsession with them is real (shown by my French fashion posts here, here, and here).

A French woman could tell me to bathe with worms for the sake of beauty and I would probably do it. Eh maybe not, but the point is that they have gorgeous skin and while everyone is different, there has to be something worth pulling from their skincare routine, right?

fashion and lifestyle blogger Carolyn of My Chic Obsession with garnier micellar water

Garnier has the original micellar water (pink lid), the waterproof micellar water (blue lid-for heavier eye makeup), and mattifying micellar water (green lid- for more of a matte finish). 

I’ve switched out my pretty strong face wash for the mattifying micellar water (because I have oily skin) and I gotta say, I really love the ease of it so far. Of course, I was worried about breakouts going from something pretty strong to “just water”.

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I haven’t had any new breakouts yet. Micellar water isn’t meant to be an acne treatment, but since it draws out oil and cleans your pores, I’m hopeful with even more time that this could be a nice little boost to my skincare routine. Either way, it’s just super nice and easier to use in the mornings than my previous face wash that had me lather for 2 minutes. I don’t have sensitive skin, but if I could get away with less harsh products and chemicals then I want to.

fashion and lifestyle blogger Carolyn of My Chic Obsession with garnier micellar water

Before I would take my makeup off with wipes, but this is way more cost effective and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry afterward like my wipes did. Sah-weet.

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Since we’re on the subject of skincare…

Have you used a face mist before? Garnier also sent over this rose mist which I’ve been loving! My first experience with a facial rose mist is when I once got my makeup professionally done and the makeup artist started with spritzing rose water on my face. It was refreshing, smelled nice, and she said it was supposed to prepare my face for makeup better. I’m gonna listen to the professional and spritz away! Some people don’t like a rose smell, but it’s never really bothered me.

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This micellar water is a great deal, so why not give it a try? While you’re at it, use code “GRNSAVE2” to $2 off any Garnier micellar water at Ulta.com!

We’re all just one step closer to being French.

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Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.