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The Do's and Don'ts of Removing Your Makeup

The Do's and Don'ts of Removing Your Makeup

Taking your makeup off after a long day is a necessary and crucial part of keeping your skin happy. We know it can be tempting to sleep in your makeup and deal with it in the morning, but this can lead to breakouts, irritation and even styes.

We’ve gathered some important dos and don’ts for makeup removal that keep the health and state of your skin in mind. So get ready to make your skin squeaky clean with these 8 rules.


  1. Use a cleanser made to remove makeup

Using the right products can make a big difference on how clean your face is after cleansing. Some face washes are not formulated to break down stubborn makeup, this requires proper makeup removers like micellar water. One option that works well with sensitive skin is the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water. This soothing remover gently gets rid of impurities while respecting the skin’s barrier.

  1. Try a cleansing oil

Although it might feel odd to use an oil to get rid of makeup, it is actually extremely effective as oil attracts oil which helps to lift makeup. Using an oil cleanser is also very nourishing for your skin as it replenishes its natural moisture. 

The MooGoo Oil Cleansing Method is a great option that is non-foaming, non-clogging, and for all skin types. MooGoo made their oil cleanser with a mixture of drawing and moisturising oils to remove impurities such as built-up dirt, sweat and makeup.

  1. Double cleanse

You may have already heard about the benefits of double cleansing and if not, we’re here to fill you in. This process involves starting with a makeup removing product, a popular choice being a cleansing balm. Ethique have a perfect option for conscious shoppers with their Solid Face Cleanser & Makeup Remover Superstar! It has a hydrating formula that cleans your skin without leaving a greasy residue.

Once you’ve used a cleansing balm to break down your makeup, move onto the second cleanse with your regular cleanser. This makes sure you are cleansing your skin of other impurities that can clog your pores such as oil and dirt.

  1. Give extra attention to the eyes

Your eyes are a very sensitive area and should be treated with care when removing makeup. This is especially true as many of us wear waterproof mascara which takes extra effort to completely remove. In order to protect your eyes, use cotton pads soaked in makeup remover and gently hold them over your lids and lashes for around 10 seconds. This prevents irritation as you are not rubbing, rather letting the remover dissolve the products on your eyes.

Although regular cotton pads are not the most environmentally conscious, you can use these Bamboo Facial Pads from Ever Eco guilt free as they are reusable. It's a sustainable alternative to disposable facial pads with a handy cotton wash bag included. 

  1. Follow removal with moisturiser

Once you have finished your cleansing routine, you should follow this up with a moisturiser. Even if you don’t have dry skin, it’s extremely important as it helps replenish your skin’s natural moisture and protect it overnight. 

You can’t go wrong with the Inika Organic Phytofuse Renew Resveratrol Night Cream. This whipped formula is the ultimate moisturiser to sooth and repair skin, helping to boost nightly regeneration with ingredients such as sunflower, rosehip and argan oils. 


  1. Don’t rush

When using makeup remover and cleanser, you need to give them time to work and break down the makeup on your face. The slower you go the better. This will make the makeup slip off your skin easier and prevent you from have to work extra hard to remove it.

  1. Don’t scrub

Resist the urge to rub vigorously at stubborn makeup that clings to your skin, this will only leave your skin red and irritated. The makeup removal process should be gentle and kind to your skin. Try lightly massaging the remover into your face and using cotton pads to hold products onto your skin rather than scrub.

  1. Don’t use eye makeup remover all over your face

Makeup removers that are formulated specifically for your eyes should not be applied all over the face. Due to the long-lasting products we apply to our eyes, these removers are typically more heavy-duty than your average makeup remover. If used anywhere other than your eye area it can clog pores which is something you want to avoid.

If you are looking for a product to get rid of pesky waterproof mascara and other long wearing eye makeup, you should use the Asap Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover. Formulated specifically for eyes that are easily irritated by typical makeup removers, this soothing formula is enriched with aloe vera and cucumber to cool, calm, and condition lids and lashes while purifying the skin.

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