Removing your makeup at the end of the day is a crucial factor in achieving amazing skin. In the process, you are clearing out your pores, getting all that gunky makeup out, and giving your skin a chance to breathe.
We are going to talk about the best ways to remove makeup, but I will be leaving out the ever popular makeup wipes. This is because they are not only the most wasteful form of makeup removal, but they are usually filled with horrible ingredients.
Just think about it: those wipes have to stay wet and active while in their packaging until they are purchased and brought home to you. Not to mention, there’s a thing called mold that loves wet and dark places, like the inside of a makeup wipe package. But, why do you never see mold in those packages? Because there are crazy chemicals put in there to stop mold from growing! And you are happily mopping off your makeup with them every day.
Now, I love a good wipe on a late night when all I want to do is go to bed, and that’s fine. But there are many other equally effective ways to remove makeup on the daily that don’t include the crazy chemicals and suspicious anti-mold activity. Some of these methods are even beneficial for your skin! So here are my top 4 ways to remove makeup and how they work.
This is my favorite makeup removal method right now. The power of oils is high, people! Don’t get scared if you have oily skin, too. These cleansers bond with the makeup and excess oils in your skin to clear out clogged pores, and it easily washes away. They don’t leave your face feeling stripped and they do exactly what they’re meant to do.
Look for products that contain olive, grapeseed, or jojoba oils as they make for great cleansers. Be careful though as not all oils will work well for this. Coconut oil, for example, can be comedogenic, which means it can clog your pores. It makes for a great hair mask, but beware when using it as a makeup remover.
Right now, I am using Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil, which I love. These products tend to be on the pricier side, but they last forever and you don’t need to use that much.
Similar to cleansing oil, cleansing balm works by grabbing onto the makeup and dirty stuff on your skin, lifting them, and washing them away. It is thicker in consistency (I like to describe it as having a “Crisco” texture) and it feels very luxurious on the skin.
Beware, many cleansing balms contain dirty ingredients, like parabens and mineral oil. The first is a commonly used preservative in the beauty industry that has been discovered to be estrogenic (basically, it messes with your hormones). The latter is another commonly used ingredient that is cheap and makes the skin appear soft and smooth. In reality, it is occlusive, which means it seals off the skin, leaving it silky smooth on top with your skin gasping for air underneath.
I found that this cleansing balm from Nyakio had better ingredients and even includes almond oil.
My second favorite way to remove makeup! This one is great if you don’t wear a ton of makeup or if you want to give your skin a nice refresh. So what makes it different from plain old water? It contains balls of micelle molecules which are suspended in water. The micelles are attracted to the dirt in your pores and the water-like consistency makes for an easy, refreshing clean.
Just soak some of this onto a cotton pad and wipe away the dirt and grime of the day. It just feels like water on the skin so it won’t leave you feeling greasy or dry. I like to use this after the shower to cool down my skin and remove any makeup my cleansing oil missed (which isn’t much). I will even use this on a day when I’ve worn no makeup at all to remove any sweat or dirt.
My favorite micellar water is Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water. It gets the job done and the bottle lasts forever.
Cleansing Milks & Jellies
And then there are the trendier choices! We are seeing more of these kinds of products popping up on the market. I think it’s due to the fact that consumers are beginning to steer away from the normal cleansers of the day and are looking for products that will make their skin feel better.
Regular cleansers can be harsh and leave the skin feeling tight and dry. Cleansing milks and jellies are often much lighter, don’t foam up on the skin (a usual indicator of a product that’s going to suck the life out of your face), and leave you with a balanced and refreshed feeling.
Here are some options: Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk and Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
Look for products that contain beneficial oils, like grapeseed, jojoba, or castor, that will not only cleanse your face but moisturize it as well. Look for ingredients like Vitamin E (it might be listed as tocopherol), glycerin, or aloe, which are also highly beneficial.
You shouldn’t have to cleanse your face 5 different ways to get all of your makeup off, and it shouldn’t feel like you went through a car wash afterward, either! These 4 ways to remove makeup work on the first try and leave your skin feeling beautiful.
So throw those supposed-to-be-moldy wipes away and embrace these new ways to remove makeup!
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