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Sure, just-wipe-away cleansers sound convenient – no need for a sink or towel before loading up on skincare. But my skin demands a rinse cycle. Does yours?
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Why you should rinse after using no-rinse cleansers-BEAUTYGEEKS

For the most part, "no-rinse" cleansers are more a marketing concept than anything else, I'm convinced. Sure, I first heard about these formulas (specifically La Roche-Posay's) at a dermatologist's office many years ago; the nurse mentioned that LRP's in particular had been created for people whose skin is hypersensitive (LRP is a special line on account of its H2O). But I've been thinking this mostly-marketing thing a while, most recently over the holidays thanks to a comments-chat with reader Paula, at the end of this favourites post.

Longtime friends of Beautygeeks know I'm a micellar cleanser devotée, and you know, too, that micellar cleansers are made with such mild surfactants and combined with soothing and conditioning agents that there is, according to the packaging and manufacturer instructions, no need to rinse after using them. Same with micellar cleansing sheets, and makeup remover wipes, and balms.

But I rinse after micellar water, always – in fact after any so-called no-rinse cleansing products – and I have for several years now. Mostly my go-to is a generous misting or two of thermal water spray, from the likes of La Roche-Posay, Avene, Vichy, or Uriage, wiped off gently with a facial cotton pad. Sometimes I use water from the tap(s) – my hot-water faucet is entirely separate from my cold-water faucet – and towel off.

why you should rinse after no-rinse cleansers and wipes-BEAUTYGEEKS

From left: Olay Luminous Micellar Water (fragrance-free), Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water, Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water Mattifying (fragrance-free), Neostrata Detoxifying Micellar Gel

I'm not entirely sure what made me start rinsing after no-rinse products – one day I realized that even the mildest of micellar cleansers leaves formula residue on the skin even after every bit of makeup or dirt or grime is gone. And since cleanser is designed to remove stuff, my thought is that traces habitually left on the skin might either disrupt the natural moisture barrier, or perhaps interfere in some way with whatever serum or skincare one applies on top of it.

Lots and lots of skincare experts already think about this – they're the people who have for years been telling us to use a toner after cleansing, usually to remove any lingering cleanser or to "rebalance" the skin's pH. (We've all heard people ask if you've just cleansed, why do you need a toner?, haven't we?)

Within days of adding a rinse cycle to my face care routine and changing nothing else, my sensitivity-prone skin seemed happier, more even, more content... less dehydrated. That's all the proof I needed that I'd made the right decision. Does that mean you should do the same? That's up to you and your skin. 

But of course I want to know: do you rinse after no-rinse cleansers? After wipes at least?

Oh! And happy 2018, everyone! We wish you all the good things! xoxo

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No-rinse cleansers shown: fragrance-free Olay Luminous Micellar Water ($8.99 CAD at drugstores and $5 USD at, Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water ($40 CAD and $32 USD at, fragrance-free Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water Mattifying ($10.99 CAD at* and $8.99 USD at, Neostrata Detoxifying Micellar Gel ($22 CAD at

The back of the Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water bottle says the following: "this is no-wash type cleanser, but rinse with warm water if you need." (sic)

no-rinse cleanser ingredients lists

Olay Luminous Micellar Water ingredients: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Inositol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Caprylyl Glycol, 1.2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Betaine, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-100, Disodium EDTA.

Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Madecassoside, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Pearl Powder, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Caprylyl Glycol.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water Mattifying ingredients: Aqua/Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Poloxamer 184, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Edta. F.I.L.# B172461/1.

Neostrata Detoxifying Micellar Gel ingredients: Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitan Monolaurate, Ploxamer 184, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Disodium EDTA

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