[REVIEW] La Roche-Posay Micellar Foaming Water Face Cleanser (Before and After)
Price (using this link): 18$
Texture: Foamy water
What you get: 150 ml
Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Dipropylene Glycol (Solvent + Perfuming + Viscosity Controlling), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant/Cleansing + Emulsifying), Glycerin, Peg-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate (Surfactant/Cleansing, Emulsifying, Solvent, Surfactant/Cleansing), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (Surfactant/Cleansing), Peg-30 Glyceryl Cocoate (Emulsifying + Surfactant/Cleansing), Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (Emulsifying + Surfactant/Cleansing, Potassium Chloride (Viscosity Controlling), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Controlling), Coco-Betaine (Surfactant/Cleansing + Viscosity Controlling), Poloxamer 184 (Surfactant/Cleansing + Emulsifying), Disodium Edta (Chelating + Viscosity Controlling), Citric Acid (Buffering), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Parfum / Fragrance♦️.
Glycerine: Widely used as a quality Hydrator (occurs naturally in skin and its chemical structure attracts water). You can find this ingredient in most good skin-replenishing products.
♦️Fragrance: Potential to cause contact allergy
This micellar foaming water is a rinsable water face cleanser that gently cleanses and softens skin, without disrupting skin's natural pH. Dirt-encapsulating micelles in the formula attract dirt, oil, and makeup, making it easy to rinse impurities from skin.
1.Gently cleans and soften skins: This is a very gentle product right from the initial application of the fluffy foam to your skin up until when you add water to your face and pat it dry. The cleansing micellar foaming water turns into a liquid when you mix it in with water and removes any trace of sunscreen and previous skincare. If your skin is irritated or sunburnt, you’ll probably enjoy using it, but do note the fragrance in the formula - I don’t mind scent in wash-off formulas, but this could irritate susceptible skins. As for the ‘soften skins’ claim, I’ve said it several times: for the skin to soften, you need to exfoliate it with chemical, enzymatic or physical exfoliants - which the La Roche-Posay Micellar Foaming Water Face Cleanser does not have. Or, you need some calming ingredients like the ones present in the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream - which again, this cleanser does not have. So no, it will not soften your skin, no matter how gentle it is.
2.Doesn’t disrupt the skin’s natural pH: Couldn’t find any information on the actual pH of this product, I’ll be testing it out as soon as I acquire pH strips, but for the time being:
I’m just going to copy&paste what I said about the COSRX Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser regarding the pH point because it’s the same one: Here’s an excerpt from ‘‘ALL ABOUT CLEANSING & HOW TO CHOOSE A GENTLE CLEANSER’’ by Michelle from Lab Muffin blog: ‘‘Skin is acidic, meaning it has a low pH (around 5). This is important because a lot of the biochemical reactions that occur in the skin only work within a narrow pH range. Surfactant-containing cleansers are particularly good at changing skin pH for long amounts of time, meaning that if your cleanser has a particularly high pH, then it’s going to hinder your skin from repairing itself. High pH also makes skin swell and reduces its flexibility.’’ So, the bottom line is, pH is important.
3.Dirt-encapsulating micelles in the formula attract dirt, oil, and makeup, making it easy to rinse impurities from skin: Micelles have a water-soluble head and an oily tail. According to Bioderma's website: "This double affinity allows them to attract all kinds of impurities and attach them to the cotton wool. This means they can remove external residues from the environment (make-up, impurities from air pollution, etc.) and impurities related to the skin's natural functions (sebum, sweat, desquamation, etc.)". They are also composed of fatty acids that mimic the skin's composition, which leads to less chance of irritation when you apply them to your face. The micelle used in La Roche-Posay's cleanser is the PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, which is a mild cleansing agent often used in baby products. This translates to a low cleansing power when it comes to removing make-u, as can be seen from the before and after pictures. This cleanser will get rid of dirt and oil. But, if you're feeling very dirty or oily, this should not be your cleanser of choice. Instead, opt for something like the Shiseido Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam or the Pyunkang Yul Low pH Pore Deep Cleansing Foam if your skin is more on the sensitive side. If you wear make-up, this probably won't get rid of all of it. If you were looking for a micellar solution, you're better off trying the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution .
This is a very refreshing mild cleanser, and I’d recommend it to people who don’t wear makeup and have semi-sensitive skin, or who enjoy mild gentle cleansers. If you have oily, combination or acne-prone skin, this won’t make your skin worse, but it won’t directly target your issues. Specifically for acne-prone skin, check out this post instead:  Anti-Acne products that actually work + A Skincare routine.
I have tried a lot of gentle cleansers geared towards sensitive skin, and I still prefer the Pyunkang Yul Low pH Pore Deep Cleansing Foam as it has some active calming ingredients, no fragrance, and thoroughly removes most makeup. The only reason why I’d use the La Roche-Posay Micellar Foaming Water Face Cleanser instead is that the Pyunkang Yul one is creamy, and this one is way more refreshing.
This cleanser is recommended as a daily cleanser, for normal and sensitive skin. I agree with this statement, but again, due to the presence of fragrance, depending on your skin sensitivity, you may want to opt for something else.
Easy to find in most cities
Doesn’t fully remove makeup
Presence of Fragrance
🌊Score: 3.0/5 --- A nice little cleanser, suitable with people for normal to mildly sensitive skin who are looking for something refreshing and simple. Not revolutionary, and not suitable for anyone who wears makeup on the daily.