by Carli Ashley
You’ve successfully ticked off everything on your to-do list and are ready to wind down for the night, but before you can, you must remove the makeup and city grime that has built up on your face over the day. I remember as a teenager being told all the time that removing your makeup was important and if you didn’t you would end up with eyelash lice (yes, they’re real) and breakouts galore. Well, while not washing your face at night isn’t always quite as dramatic as eyelash lice, it is certainly important. Even on days where you’ve worn little to no makeup, performing a cleansing nighttime skincare routine is still beneficial. Discussing skincare with a friend of mine recently, I discovered how different everyone’s routines are from each other, and while I have tried various methods, there are so many more that exist out there. When it specifically comes to makeup, there are a ton of products being marketed as the “best” option, but depending on the type of makeup you wear and your skin needs, it is important to find the makeup removing solution that works for you!
In an environment where eco-consciousness is growing, people and companies have found ways to market eco-friendly makeup removing solutions. I am sure we all remember (some probably still use) makeup wipes. Well, with the creation of items such as the Makeup Eraser and Face Halo, you can now remove your makeup with only water and these tools, mimicking the all familiar makeup wipe process. I know, it sounds like absolute witchcraft, but it really does work. I always found makeup wipes to actually irritate the sensitive area around my eyes and stopped using them years ago, but by doing so I added 1-2 extra steps to my routine just to try and get off the initial layer of products on my face. Last year I received the Makeup Eraser in a subscription box, and it changed my life. All you do is run the bright pink cloth under water, wring it out, and gently rub your face with it and everything comes right off (keep in mind I do not use waterproof products)! Not only does it not contain perfumes or alcohol that would irritate my sensitive skin, but I could throw it into the washing machine with my other towels and continue to reuse it. Additional benefit, when you travel you will only have to bring one tiny item instead of multiple makeup removing products, or repurchase bags of makeup wipes which isn’t cost effective or great for the environment.
I have combination skin which leans more on the dry side during the winter months. When I first discovered cleansing balms and cleansing oils, they became my holy grail. I loved that I could put the product onto dry skin and my makeup would melt away. Adding water would activate a slight cleansing process which was a nice bonus. I found that using cleansing balms or oils never made my skin feel stripped and always removed even stubborn makeup. A wonderful all-natural alternative to a cleansing balm/oil is using raw coconut oil, but keep in mind that because water will not activate a cleansing property, you will need to follow up with a cleanser to remove the oil residue.
Sensitive and Textured Skin
If you suffer from sensitive and texture ridden skin, like myself, I recently discovered (through @gemary) a great combination for this. The method is recommended by a well known dermatologist and skin care expert, known as Dr Dray (@drdrayzday on instagram). She also has a YouTube channel if you’re interested in more in depth information! There are a lot more steps, including a salicylic acid liquid exfoliant, that deal with the actual texture of the skin. But, in terms of the makeup removing aspects of this routine, Dr Dray recommends going in with the Ponds cold cream, which is similar to a makeup removing balm or oil, except it is a really gentle cream that removes all makeup. You can then go in with any light exfoliant, she recommends La Roche Posey’s effaclar cleanser, to remove any residual product on your face and really get into the pores for a squeaky clean prior to continuing with the rest of your skincare routine.
For those that find pleasure in a multi-step routine, it might please you to know that you can also use multiple steps to remove your makeup.
- Start with a makeup remover of your choice;
- Follow with a cleansing oil or balm for a pre-cleanse;
- Wash with a cleanser of your choice; and,
- Use toner (do not forget to target your hairline, neck and behind the ears).
I will often mix and match different makeup removing methods, but I will always follow with a gentle cleanser and toner regardless of which method I choose just to make sure everything is really off my face. I highly recommend utilizing the points system at Sephora or free samples and trying different products to find the ones that are right for your skin concerns and needs. The biggest tip I can offer is just take it off! No matter what method you choose, removing your makeup has been known to decrease acne breakouts, minimize pores, aid in skin texture and decrease the signs of ageing. Ultimately, it just feels great to physically wash the day off and climb into bed knowing you are nice and clean!