Important Tips in Makeup Removal

By on November 10, 2011

 Important Tips in Makeup Removal

Removing makeup every day is a tricky process as you don’t want to pull or tug the
delicate skin around the eyes nor do you want to cause your skin to dry out by using a
harsh cleanser and/or makeup remover. Let’s take a look at six important points to keep
in mind when removing your makeup each night.
First of all baby shampoo is an excellent way to remove mascara that is resistant to other
kinds of removers. Waterproof mascara can be one of the most difficult mascaras to
remove as it is designed for staying power and a little bit of baby shampoo applied to a
cotton ball or your finger tips should do the tricky nicely. Baby shampoos contain lower
concentrations and softer detergents than other shampoos which makes them less
irritating to the eye area.
Baby shampoo can also be used to remove makeup on the face but use a very small
amount as too much can be drying to the skin. Another option for the removal of
waterproof mascara is extra- virgin olive oil. Olive oil is very gentle to the skin and ideal
to use in the eye area as it is a natural anti-oxidant and does not contain any harmful
substances. All you need to do is apply a few drops to your fingertips, a tissue or a cotton
ball, and while keeping your eyes closed massage the eyelashes in a gentle motion until
all traces of the mascara are gone. Then use a mild soap or cleanser and water to clean up
further.
The majority of cosmetics are oil-soluble which makes baby oil an excellent way to
remove all traces of eye makeup, blush, foundation, and concealer and so on. All that is
needed is to apply a tiny bit of baby oil to a tissue and then gently wipe it all over your
face until the makeup is all gone. After you finish there is no need to use soap of any
kind, simply rinse your face with cool water and your skin should feel soft to the touch.
The fourth tip is one that can never be stressed enough- never ever go to bed with your
makeup still on! Not only will you stain your pillowcase but also you will be contributing
to the clogging of your pores that can lead to acne, breakouts, splotchiness and a host of
other potential skin problems. No matter how tired you are, take the time to remove the
day’s makeup and grime off of your face and let it breath and regenerate while you sleep!
The fifth tip is to always use a mild makeup remover- nothing harsh or drying to the
skin- and never use makeup remover that is specifically for your eyes on other parts of
your face. This is particularly important if you suffer from oily skin as this can lead to
break outs. Pay attention to what the label says as it specifies these things for a reason!
The sixth tip is to not remove your eye makeup with any kind of cleanser. Keep in mind
that the eye area is very sensitive and delicate and you don’t want to injure it in any way
or cause an allergic reaction to take place. Also some people are prone to oily eyelids and
you don’t want to encourage an overabundance of oil in this area. If oily eyelids are not a
problem you might to consider using petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) to take off your
eye makeup but remember to be gentle! Use a tissue or cotton ball to take off your
eyeshade and a Q-tip to get rid of the eyeliner.
It’s best to always start by removing your eye makeup first. Always choose a facial
cleanser that is meant for your particular skin type and if possible purchase one that has
been tested to both breakdown and remove makeup from the face. All cleansers are not
designed for this purpose and some soap as well does not thoroughly remove makeup
from the face. Go over your face gently more than once but be as precise as possible. Do
the same thing when you rinse, rinse a number of times to remove all traces of both
cosmetic and cleanser residue.