What is the science behind micellar water?


Micellar water is on every beauty expert’s lips. But do you know how it works? Explore the science of micellar water and find out how it can benefit you.

What is micellar water?

Find out all about the micellar water your friends are talking about. Discover what it does and how it can revolutionise your skincare routine.


Micelles are microscopically small congregated molecules that are both ‘water-loving’ (hydrophilic) and ‘fat-loving’ (lipophilic). As a result, they can remove water-soluble as well as fat-soluble dirt.

Micelles envelop lipophilic dirt particles within their lipophilic centre, so that they can be easily removed without the need to rub or cause irritation.

Like a magnet, the outer hydrophilic part sticks to the hydrophilic cotton pad used with the micellar water.

This natural phenomenon is used to remove make-up easily and quickly, while caring for the skin and eyelashes.

Extra White MicellAIR Cleanser


NIVEA Extra White MicellAIR Cleanser cleanses and tones by a simple swipe with a cotton pad.

In scientific terms, the ‘fat-loving’ centre of the micelle attracts and binds oil-like dirt particles.


Micellar water is a kind and gentle way to cleanse the skin and remove make-up. Furthermore it is caring and also mild enough to use on the delicate eye area.

The formula effectively targets dirt and grime without smudging or requiring rubbing or rinsing. 

All you need is a cotton pad and your NIVEA micellar water.

Give your face some tender loving care with micellar water

From pores to lashes and eyelids - discover the cleanser that efficiently removes dirt and make-up while toning and moisturising.

Caring ingredients

To keep the natural beauty and glow of the skin, you need an effective face cleanser to remove the remains of the day. This can be anything from dirt and pollution to sebum and skin flakes.

Micellar water focuses on three key areas: intense cleansing, toning and moisturising.

The formula with precious ingredients let the skin breathe freely again and helps to prevent irritations or redness.

Luscious lashes

The micellar water from NIVEA is formulated with your lashes in mind. The water gently yet thoroughly removes make-up from eyes, lashes, face and lips – no need for rubbing nor rinsing.

It is gentle and caring for the lashes.

What makes micellar cleansing water so gentle on the skin?

  • All of NIVEA's Micellar cleansing water have caring ingredients and 0% alcohol. They contain no parabens, silicone, fragrance, and colourants that can irritate the skin.
  • NIVEA Extra White MicellAIR Cleanser deeply removes dirt, oil and even waterproof makeup without stripping moisture. It also has Pearl & Licorice extracts that help naturally brighten skin tone.
  • NIVEA Acne Clear MicellAIR Cleanser has Magnolia Bark extracts that act as an anti-inflammatory agent which also helps prevent new acne from forming by increasing skin cells' resistance to external stresses and inflammation.
  • NIVEA Fair & Glow Hokkaido Rose MicellAIR Cleanser contains 36x anti-oxidants from Hokkaido Rose extracts to effectively cleanse and give you a natural healthy glow.
  • NIVEA Oil Control MicellAIR Cleanser has Carnitine that helps reduce and control oil for up to 8 hours.