Get it at selected retailers and pharmacies
When Garnier’s original cleansing water disappeared from the market several years ago I went into a state of depression. But before that I searched every shop and pharmacy to scoop up every last bottle I could lay my hands on. I managed to find six, but it wasn’t enough to last me the years I would have to wait until the official relaunch of this iconic product. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good cleansing waters available, but for the price this one was and in my opinion still is the best you can buy. Luckily my long-awaited prayers have been answered and this beauty is back and better than ever.
It really is an all-in-one solution for gently removing make-up from skin, eyes and lips, and I favour it as my go-to product to remove mascara at the end of the day. It contains micelles, hence the name micellar, which act like little magnets for dirt, trapping and drawing them away from the skin. The new formula has also been designed for more sensitive skins – with no perfume – so you can rinse and repeat to your heart’s content without the fear of stripping, damaging or drying out your skin. It’s also a dream if you wear contact lenses as I do, because oil-based products tend to cloud and irritate the eyes.
The 400ml size, in an easy-to-use bouncy bottle, also boasts up to 200 uses, and while I don’t think I’ll be able to remember to count each time I use it, I know from experience how long a bottle can last. I also decant some into a smaller container to carry with me when I travel so that I’m never caught without it.
My skin just loves it, and it’s also great to use in the mornings to refresh your face after waking up. For problematic skin prone to impurities and breakouts, reach for their new Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water (R79,99) which is ideal for combination to oily skin.
Tip Soak two cotton pads and place them gently over the eyes. Press them over the eyelashes and tap lightly to coat each lash. Leave them in place for 30 seconds to a minute before sliding them gently downwards. I like to fold mine in half and use them to wipe over the lashes upwards and downwards, and along the lash line to remove all residual product.