Hi everyone! I often get asked about the best ways to remove makeup effectively so today I’m sharing a few of my tips on how to cleanse well. If you are a regular makeup wearer, its very important to remove every last bit of makeup to maintain healthy skin. If you’re cleansing halfheartedly, you’re bound to get clogged pores, breakouts and dull looking skin.
The kind of cleansing routine you have at the end of the day depends on your skin type, the kind of makeup you wear during the day and your preference, of course. Some people like to only use watery cleansers like micellar waters while some people jump in straight with a face wash, whereas others like a deep oil or balm cleanse. I personally tailor my cleansing routine based on the kind of makeup I’m wearing and the state of my skin. On days when I’m wearing heavier makeup, particularly waterproof mascara, I will use a cleansing oil or dedicated eye makeup remover. And on days when I have just little or no makeup on, I like to use a micellar water. In either case, I like to follow up with a gentle face wash to remove all traces of the cleanser, for thoroughly cleansed skin.
The most common kind of cleansers that almost every makeup brand makes is a bi-phase makeup remover for the eyes and lips. These contain a watery phase and an oil phase which are supposed to be mixed by shaking well before use. The presence of the oily phase ensures removal of all makeup that the water phase cannot remove. Among the more affordable options, the Maybelline Express Eye & Lip Remover does a great job though I like the Chambor one a little more. Among the higher end options, nothing beats the Clarins one which is super effective but not harsh and has the right balance of the water/oil phases. The Shiseido one is good for lighter makeup but doesn’t work as effectively on waterproof mascara. The Elizabeth Arden one on the other hand has a generous proportion of the oil phase which makes it a little greasier, but also more effective against long lasting makeup.
Keep in mind that these kind of removers are only meant for the eyes and lips, for wateproof and long lasting makeup. They can be a little dehydrating when used all over the face.
Micellar waters are very convenient as they don’t need to be rinsed and are very gentle on the skin. They are ideal for when you have light or no makeup and suit sensitive skin types as well. You can read more about Micellar waters in my recent post here.
Tip : For removing kohl or eyeliner from the inner rims of the eyes, you can use a cotton bud dipped in micellar water. I do this for the lower lash line as well to remove the smudged kohl between the lashes.
Talking of convenient makeup removal options, makeup removing wipes are a godsend, particularly when you’re on the move. My absolutely favorite ones are the Clinique Take the Day Of Micellar Cleansing Towelettes which are basically wipes soaked in micellar water. They are effective, cleanse well and the wipes are made of ultra soft material. The Colorbar Makeup Wipes and The Body Shop Vitamin E wipes are slightly more affordable options though I would recommend the Clinique ones over those two.
My favorite kind of cleanser is an oil-based cleanser that removes all makeup in one go and leaves the skin nourished and soft. I love cleansing oils and balms as they contain a little surfactant that helps it emulsify when you add water to it. As a result, they can be rinsed off completely without any oily residue on the skin. I’ve tried quite a few cleansing oils and balms and some have worked really well for me, like the MAC Cleansing Oil and the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. I’ve been trying out some new ones recently like the Clarins Total Cleansing Oil that contains olive oil as one of the primary ingredients. It removes all makeup, emulsifies really well and rinses off completely with water.
The Camomile Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop has a thick balm consistency and would work really well for drier skin types. It does leave a bit of oily film on the skin so I like to follow up with a gentle face wash since I have oily skin and I prefer a thorough cleanse. The Forest Essentials Floral Makeup Remover is not a cleansing oil i.e it doesn’t emulsify and rinse with water but it is a beautiful blend of plant oils that feel great on the skin.
I always like to end my cleanse with a gentle face wash so any residual oil, makeup remover residue is cleansed off. I prefer soap-free face washes as they are not harsh on the skin and don’t strip the skin dry. The skin stays well balanced if you avoid harsh soapy washes. Two of my all time favorites are the Just Herbs Silksplash (lovely fresh orange scent!) and the Kama Ayurveda Rose Cleanser (gel based, gentle, mild rose scent).
For times when my skin is breaking out, there’s nothing better than Avene Cleanance Gel which is effective against acne but non-drying, unlike most anti-acne face washes. For dry, sensitive skin, the Aloe Gentle Face Wash from The Body Shop is really good while for oily, sensitive skin, I quite like the Avene Cleansing Foam.
Hope you found this post helpful! How do you like to remove makeup?
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