No matter how high quality your makeup is, your skin wants to take a deep breath after being covered in primers and potions.
You may be asking yourself, “is it really a big deal if I sleep in my makeup?” and the answer is a big yes! Your skin will thank you if you go that extra mile.
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Improper makeup removal can cause breakouts, clogged pores, and premature aging. What’s more- if you live in a city, your makeup can cling onto all kinds of yucky air pollution. You don’t need that negativity in your life.
With so many makeup removers on the market, how do you know what’s right for you? Luckily there is a makeup remover out there for everyone.
Makeup wipes are popular because they’re easy, they travel well, and there’s one for every skin type. You just pull out a wipe, rub it all over your face- and voila! Some people like to keep a pack of wipes by their bed for those nights when their regular skincare routine is too much work.
However, makeup wipes may not be the best solution for daily cleansing. They don’t do a thorough job of removing makeup so that you may break-out from regular use. As a disposable product, makeup wipes aren’t the most environmentally friendly option.
Here are a few popular cosmetic wipes on the market.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Oil-Free Cleansing Face Wipes
Dermatologist-developed face wipes that are really good at removing oil and pore-clogging impurities. These La Roche-Posay Effacalar face wipes are very lightweight and surprisingly effective. Gentle and safe even for sensitive skin and oily skin.
Bliss – Makeup Melt Oil-Free Makeup Remover Wipes
Another wallet-friendly option with impressive ingredients, the highest-rated cleansing wipe in the Bliss collection, is their oil-free makeup remover wipes that use Chamomile, Aloe & Marshmallow Root to keep your skin hydrated and clean.
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes
Burt’s Bees has a variety of wipes at an accessible price point. They contain natural extracts such as white tea and aloe and have been dermatologist tested.
Micellar water is basically water infused with surfactants. A surfactant will break up oil and surround those oil molecules, allowing them to be washed away by the water. Pretty fancy science, huh?
Micellar water is easy to use and gentle enough to be friendly on all skin types. All you need is a cotton pad and about 5 minutes. You can also use micellar water when you made an oops on your eyeliner, just grab a q-tip and wipe away the offending line without ruining the rest of your work.
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Because of its gentle nature, however, it may not work on very heavy makeup.
Micellar water is a popular “double cleanse” product. A double cleanse is where you follow an oil-based product with a water-based one for max results.
But how do you choose micellar water? Here are some popular options.
Bioderma – Hydrabio H2O – Micellar Water
Bioderma has made a lovely go-to micellar product that promises to cleanse your skin while removing even waterproof makeup gently. It is paraben-free and alcohol-free.
La Roche-Posay Micellar Cleansing Water for Sensitive Skin
La Roche-Posay’s micellar water is highly rated by consumers. It’s a little pricier than your average drugstore brand but promises to be effective for all skin types, even for sensitive skin.
Klorane Micellar water
This micellar water is ultra-gentle 3-in-1. It’s free from Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, Fragrance, Alcohol, and Oil.
Oil cleansing is having a pop culture moment right now, but people have been using oils on their faces and hair for centuries. Not only does oil remove makeup better than any other product- it’s wonderfully nourishing for your skin.
If you have oily skin, you may be wondering if oil cleansing is for you. Often, the harder we try to strip oil from our skin, the more oil comes up. Oil cleansing can actually slow down your skin’s overactive oil production. Weird, huh?
As long as you effectively cleanse the oil from your face, any skin type can benefit from oil cleansing.
Let’s take a look at some popular cleansing oils on the market.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil
If you’re nervous about getting started with oil, this product is incredibly light- it’s almost a halfway step between a micellar water and oil. With gentle rice water as a base and jojoba oil to leave you feeling soft and smooth, you can’t go wrong.
Tonymoly Wonder Apricot Deep Cleansing Oil
Apricot oil, along with Pomegranate Seed Oil, and Jojoba Seed Oil are trendy right now and for a good reason! They are incredibly hydrating, and you’ll find them in this cleansing oil. Its natural fruit-based oil formula will have you feeling comfortably clean and fruity fresh in no time!
Erno Laszlo Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil
If you’re going to break the bank, do it with Erno Laszlo. This cleansing oil is around the $65 mark, but is top-rated among beauty experts. Erno Laszlo boasts a formula with 12 essential oils, including an impressive mixture of antioxidants.
A fairly new entry into the world of makeup removal, cleansing balms are a beautiful way to infuse some hydration into your daily routine. These products are especially effective for dry skin or winter skin. What’s nice about a balm is the thick texture makes it easy to work with. It isn’t as messy or drippy as other products and leaves you feeling smooth.
If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, a balm may be too rich. You’ll definitely want to rinse thoroughly, or risk having the product settle into your pores overnight.
Here are a few leading brands in the cleansing balm department.
TONYMOLY Peach Punch Sherbet Cleansing Balm
This super sweet balm is infused with 5,000 ppm of Peach Extract, Peach Water and a rich oil blend to hydrate and nurture the skin, while melting away makeup. It’s super cute and the packaging and smell are both lovely.
ELEMIS Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter
ELEMIS has your needs covered with this buttery multitasking cleanser. Packed with brightening AHAs and skin-softening Mango Butter, the transformative butter-to-milk formula can be used as a daily cleanser, a deep cleansing mask, or a hydrating makeup remover around the eyes and face for smooth and glowing skin.
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
Another superstar product from Elemis, the Pro Collagen cleansing blam is suited for all skin types, this product promises not to leave behind any residue as it dissolves into foamy milk. Mineral oil-free formula infuses Lavender, Chamomile and Eucalyptus with Elderberry, Starflower, and Optimega Oils.
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