How to take your makeup off seems like an obvious question, right?
After all, our bathroom cabinets are full to the brim with skincare products. But in reality we aren’t all that sure how to apply them.
What we do know is that skin experts agree taking your makeup off is a boring but necessary requirement to help the health of your skin.
Being cynics, we like to think a lot of this expert concern is led by the desire to sell us more skincare products.
But actually, even independent experts talk about the problems leaving the day’s makeup on can cause.
Here’s how it happens.
During the day, free radicals from the environment (pollution etc) apparently attach themselves to our skin surface, and particularly to oily primers and foundations. We have no concrete proof of this ourselves but sadly, dermatologists’ scientific studies back this up.
And we hate to break it to you, but even if you don’t wear makeup, free radicals (which is let’s face it, is unavoidable in this day and age) can cause dullness, dehydration, fine lines, congestion and accelerate ageing, according to the Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute.
If you’re still unsure what free radicals do to your skin, advanced facialist Caroline Hirons best explained it on her blog, saying: ‘Slice an apple in half, leave one half-open to the elements and cover one half in lemon juice. Check back on them half an hour later (in theory) and you will see that the one covered in lemon juice retains its firmness and colour. The exposed apple will be brown and shrinking. That is what free radicals do to your skin.’ (Might we add in a less dramatic way, obviously).
How do you take your makeup off properly?
Emily Weiss, editor and founder of game-changing beauty brand Glossier shared her tips for removing makeup using Glossier’s much-loved Milky Jelly Cleanser in a recent YouTube video.
The cleanser (a facial product that’s used to remove makeup etc) which costs £15 can be used two ways – on wet skin to start your day, and on dry skin at the end of the day to dissolve oil, dirt, pollutants and makeup.
It’s not the sexiest product, but it works and gets the job done well.
It isn’t too drying or oily and doesn’t irritate even the most sensitive of skin types. This is thanks to its gentle formulation that contains Poloxamer – the same ingredient found in contact lens solution – that gently cleanses without irritating the eyes.
How to take your makeup off properly
• Apply the cleanser onto dry skin. If you’re wearing a LOT of makeup, pre-cleanse by soaking cotton pads in micellar water and sweep them over your skin.
• Next massage the cleanser into your skin to dissolve makeup and dirt. Spend extra time working your cleanser into the eyelashes and allow it enough time to dissolve any hard to remove makeup – no more quickie cleansing!
• Rinse your face. Remember it’s important to ensure the water isn’t too hot, or you’ll dry out your skin. You can rinse your face with either your hands, or a muslin cloth that acts as an exfoliating agent and removes every last trace of makeup.
• Pat skin dry. Take a fresh towel and gently pat your skin dry.
How to pick the right cleanser for your skin type?
Choosing the right cleanser for your skin type shouldn’t have to be difficult — but with the millions of formulas and products available, how do you really know which one best suits your skin?
To help you choose a cleanser that will keep your complexion clean and happy, we’ve picked a few of our favourites for every skin type.
Cleansers for all skin types
Dry or combination: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Dry and heavy makeup wearers: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
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