Last week we did an article on skin preparation and what order to apply your skin care products. What we didn't talk about, was removing the make-up first. Whether your beauty routine involves layers of primer, foundation and colors or it just a little mascara and lip gloss, when your day is done you need to remove the make-up.
First, you need to know that a make-up remover is essential. Most cleansers won't remove the make-up thoroughly. Make-up removers are made to break down the cosmetics, even those deep in the pores. Second: sleeping with makeup on can lead to acne breakouts, accelerate the aging process and make the skin look dull.
Choose the right type of make-up remover for your skin. If you have rosacea or eczema, use a hypoallergenic fragrance-free makeup remover. Cream or liquid cleansers work well for individuals with sensitive skin. And if your skin is more tolerant, you will be better able to handle makeup remover cleansing cloths. The most important thing when choosing the perfect makeup remover? Avoid those that contain alcohol, fragrances and preservatives whenever possible.
Eye makeup such as mascara is more stubborn to remove, especially when it’s waterproof. It is very important to take all of your eye makeup off with a remover targeted for that area. Leftover mascara can lead to eye infections, discoloration and puffy eyes in the morning. Don’t just swipe on your eye makeup remover in haste. Place a cotton ball with remover over your lids, hold it for a minute to dissolve the product, and then wipe away. Do not rub the delicate under-eye area. Once the mascara comes off, face cleanser can be used in the next step.
Cleanse your face after using the make-up remover. If you have oily or combination skin, use a cleanser or face wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. For dry skin, use a creamy, gentle cleanser or a foaming face wash that will not dry out the skin too much.
Massage gently with your fingertips in circular movements, and use lukewarm water and a facial sponge to deep cleanse. Then RINSE, RINSE, RINSE. Make sure you have rinsed away all traces of the remover and cleanser. Leaving it one your face can clog pores and lead to dull skin and acne breakouts.
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