Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Makeup Remover 101


Getting off all your makeup is vital in keeping your skin in top shape! There are many types of ways to remove your makeup. It just depends person to person what you prefer. 

In order to take care of your skin properly it must be clean. Of course face wash cleans the face but as any makeup lover knows…. face wash does not always take off makeup! Before washing your face a makeup remover can remove makeup (obviously) allowing your face wash to thoroughly cleanse your face. When you face is properly cleaned your skin care regime works better (serums, acne treatments, retinol, masks, lotions, toners, etc).


  • Oil-Free: Oil-Free makeup removers are exactly as they seem oil-free. Many are silicone based removers, make sure to shake these before using them. These makeup removers claim to leave your skin fresh and without the ‘oil’/greasy feeling on the skin. Most claim to be very gentle which I assume means they do not contain alcohol. 
    • Ex: Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover / Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover / Nars Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover / Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover / Philosophy Dual-Phase Oil-Free Makeup Remover
  • Oil/Water Duo: These are the half clear, half blue removers. The clear is water and the blue is oil. Shake the product before using and the oil and water ‘mix’ to remove makeup. The oil removes makeup while the water help ‘cleanse’ the face. 
    • Ex: Mally Dual Action Makeup Remover / Dior Instant Eye Makeup Remover / Givenchy Dual-Phase Eye Makeup Remover / NYX Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
  • Lotions: Cleansing Lotions are great for people with very dry skin. The ‘lotions’ help keep the skin moisturized while stripping away makeup. 
    • Ex: Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover / Estee Lauder Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion / Ponds Cold Cream / Physicians Formula Eye Makeup Remover Lotion for normal to dry skin / Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover Lotion / Avon Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion / Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Lotion
  • Wipes: Wipes are the classic way of removing makeup in my mind. Wipes are towelettes soaked in oil-free makeup remover, eliminating the need to buy cotton pads. Wipes come in classic and “exfoliating”. Many brands have extra ingredients added to the wipes like, tea (calming) or vitamins (E, C, etc) for extra benefits. 
    • Ex: Ponds (variety) / Walmart (knock-off varieties) / Neutrogena (variety) / Olay (variety) / MAC Wipes /  Sephora (variety) / First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipes *many brands have multiple formulas hence the variety
  • Cleansing Oils: Oils help break down makeup while keeping your skin moisturized. Many claim there is no need to wash your face afterwards. 
    • Ex: Boscia Makeup-Breakup Oil / philosophy Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil / Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil / L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil / Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil
  • Cleansing Balms: Balms start out as a thick balm and as you work them into your skin they turn into a oil. The oil breaks down the makeup. 
    • Ex: Clinique Take The Day Off balm / REN Cleansing Balm / The Body Shop Cleansing Balm
  • Cleansing / Micellar Water: Cleansing waters are all the rage right now. They have a special micellar formula that breaks down makeup. “Micellar water takes its name from micelles, tiny round balls of cleansing molecules that float in the water. When you apply the product to your skin, the cleansing agents come into contact with oil and dirt on your face, allowing them to be swept away quickly and efficiently.” (La Roche-Posay
    • Ex: Bioderma SensibioH2O, SébiumH2O, HydrabioH2O, or ABCDermH2O  / Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water /  Taaj Himalaya Micellar Water / La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Micellar Water / Vichy Normaderm Micellar Solution 3-In-1 / L’Oréal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
  • Eye Sensitivity: Ones formulated for your eyes are powerful enough to break down mascara and eyeliner but are ultra gentle so they don’t sting, irritate, or dry out your skin. 
    • Ex: MUFE Sens’Eyes / Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover / L’Oreal Refreshing Eye Make-Up Remover
  • At Home: If you want to be thrifty you can use Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, or Olive Oil to remove your makeup at home! No need to buy anything extra. Just make sure you wash your face afterwards. 

Going a Step Further?

A Clarisonic can really step up your skin care / makeup removal. A Clarisonic can help remove the makeup that isn’t just as the surface. It removes 6x more makeup/dirt as makeup remover/hand washing alone.http://www.clarisonic.com/why-clarisonic/our-method-your-skin/learn-more-our-method-your-skin.html Here on their website you can see all the information, if you guys want I can make a Clarisonic 101 post, just let me know! *It’s worth noting that knock-off version do not act the same as a Clarisonic (patented technology) and can cause premature aging / irritation. 

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