French Women Don’t Use Face Wash—Here’s Why

Faith Xue

We’re endlessly fascinated by French women’s beauty routines—mainly because it doesn’t seem like they really have one. No, they’re just effortlessly cooler than we’ll ever dream of being, and though we’re slowly coming to terms with that fact (kidding, we’ll never stop trying to emulate Marion Cotillard), we haven’t stopped trying to decipher every facet of their laissez-faire beauty routines. 

Thus, when we stumbled on the French skincare secret that is micellar water, our Francophile hearts leapt with joy and wonder. Was this product the secret to French women’s hydrated-but-never-oily complexions? Is this why every French It girl ever interviewed always says, “Not much,” when asked about what she uses on her face? We spoke with Simple Skincare’s advisory board member and Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Debra Luftman and asked her to explain what this magical water does and why we should maybe consider doing as the French do and stop washing our face with normal water. Keep scrolling to find out why micellar water is a serious beauty game changer, and shop some of our favourites ahead!

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