There are so many different products designed to make removing makeup (and our lives) a little bit quicker and easier. We’ve got cleansers, micellar water, face wipes, oils, face gels… The list just goes on and on and the shelves in every store literally bend underneath their weight. I always face the same problem when it comes to cleaning my face after a long day. First of all, I am tired and all I want at that moment is go to bed and binge-watch some Netflix (anyone else obsessed with Riverdale at the moment?). Second of all… well I’m a bit lost as to what product I should actually use to remove my makeup to make it quick but at the same time effective. So what is the best way to remove your makeup?
As tempting as it is, going to bed with your makeup still on is not a great idea. At night we tend to sweat, dribble (at least every now and then, I won’t tell) and toss and turn meaning that apart from wiping your makeup on the sheets, you’re also more likely to clog your pores and end up breaking out A LOT. Makeup products can dry your skin out as well. It’s in your best interest to wash your face before bed so you can avoid many unpleasant situations in the morning. Like, for example, trying to wash off foundation stains off your new bedding, because that is impossible.
So, how should you go about removing that makeup?
Makeup wipes are just so easy to use. One wipe, 30 seconds and your face is clean. I love using them myself. Whilst they are not necessarily the cheapest method of removing makeup (as you only get around 25 wipes in one packet), it’s definitely the easiest. Unfortunately, makeup wipes aren’t the best method of removing your makeup. Whilst it may feel like your face is clean and all of your makeup stayed on that one wipe, it’s most certainly not true. In fact, you transfer all the oil residue, dust and dirt around your face with that one wipe clogging your pores instead of cleaning them. On its own, it’s definitely not the best way to remove your makeup. Which leads us to the next point.
One product is not enough
Beauty experts always say that using one product to clean your face is not enough. As I explained it above, using one wipe on your face can cause more damage than good. It doesn’t mean you have to stock up on them or throw them away and never look in that direction again. Wipes can be a great first step in your evening routine as they remove the initial part of your makeup. Which means other products can be more effective and work their magic even better. Whatever you choose to you, make sure that your skincare routine involves more than using one product. Your skin will thank you for it.
Store-bought doesn’t have to mean ‘better’ than natural
My skin is very sensitive and reacts to a vast majority of products I use. Most of the time it causes redness, hotness and feeling like my skin is getting really tight. Which is why it is sometimes good to try out a more natural way of removing makeup. The best products to use are oils – in my house it’s mostly coconut oil, but you can use olive oil, jojoba or any other natural oil. Very often they can also be a lot cheaper than actual makeup removal products. Oils are great when it comes to removing any type of makeup, even the toughest waterproof mascara or kissproof lipsticks. They also don’t dry out your skin like most other products do.
Use products designed for the cosmetics you’re wearing
If you’ve been in this makeup world for a while, you’ll know that not all products remove your makeup perfectly. Since getting some kissproof and smudge-proof lipsticks, I have been really struggling with washing them off my lips. To the point where I would try to scratch it off with my nails (do not try this at home, or anywhere else for that matter). Pulling excessively on your skin will cause it to stretch and damage it. If you’re wearing difficult-to-remove makeup like eyeliner, opt-in for an oil-based remover (or an oil in general). For a light natural makeup, you don’t have to use heavy cleansers, but if you have a full-face makeup on, cleansing water will not wash it off properly.
Finish off with the right moisturiser
It’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish… Or something like that. It is important to seal your clean skin with the right moisturiser. All the scrubbing and rubbing can be tough on your face leaving it bare and unprotected. Moisturising it will restore its energy, hydrate it and prepare it for the next day. It’s important especially when you have dry skin, but it doesn’t mean people with oily skin should skip it as it can control the oil buildup as well.
Now you’re all ready to go to bed! Doesn’t it just make you feel more fresh and clean?
Until next time xx
What do you use to remove your makeup?