Dr Anjali Mahto Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic was interviewed on Channel 4’s Supershoppers about the popular skincare product micellar water.
Micellar water is a firm favourite amongst beauty experts and makeup artists, loved for its water-like consistency and ability to easily remove makeup (including the toughest of eye makeup), cleanse and tone with a few wipes of a cotton pad. Prices of micellar water can vary drastically, ranging anywhere from a few pounds to up to £20 for luxury brands (which can be up to 20 times more expensive than regular cleansers!)
Supershoppers spoke to Dr Mahto about the efficacy of micellar water in the different price brackets, before doing a mystery test with beauty bloggers, to see if more expensive products meant better quality.
Dr Mahto comments, “When you buy skincare products, there is often a misconception that the more expensive products are better than their cheaper counterparts and that is absolutely no the case. If you look at the top 3-5 ingredients at the beginning of the product packaging that is essentially what the product is made up of. What you will find is that the expensive products and the cheaper products have the top 3 ingredients exactly the same, so the extra money you are spending on the more expensive products is probably going on product packaging and branding and not much else.”
Dr Mahto is passionate about skincare and evidence-based beauty and is dedicated to educating the public. Her book The Skincare Bible debunks beauty myths and stresses that when it comes to the best products, high price doesn’t necessarily mean high quality.