We all have those lazy moments where we'd prefer to skip this important part of our daily skin-care regime. However, removing your makeup before you go to bed is important to keep your skin clean and healthy-looking, let your skin "breathe" while you sleep, and prevent mascara from smudging and foundation stains from making their way onto your pillow.
1. Pull bangs and long hair back with a headband, clips or a ponytail holder.
2. Remove your eye makeup first using a suitable eye makeup remover.
3. Apply the remover to your wash cloth or a cotton ball, and gently wipe over your eyes, making sure to get the eye lashes, eye lids, brow line and area underneath the eyes.
4. Use a Q-tip to remove any traces of makeup you were unable to reach (particularly eye liner).
5. Rinse with warm water.
6. Apply your facial cleanser to your wash cloth or directly onto your face and neck, and massage in a circular motion until your entire facial and neck areas are covered in a nice, foamy lather. Make sure to avoid the eye area.
7. Leave the cleanser on your face and neck for several minutes to let it work its "magic."
8. Rinse your face and neck with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
9. Apply a light layer of facial moisturizer to your face and neck before you head to bed.
How to Remove Eye Makeup and Mascara
Do you use lotion, bar soap or your regular face cleanser to remove eye makeup and mascara? The skin delicate skin around your eyes is 7x's thinner then the skin on the rest of your face. It should be cleansed gently with the use of a makeup remover designed to care for your eye area. Follow these simple steps to keep your eye area healthy.
Choose an eye makeup remover that best suits your overall skin type. We love Bi Phase makeup remover by Maybelline to remove lip and eye makeup. If you are prone to oiliness choose an oil free makeup remover. If you have sensitive skin look for a makeup remover made for sensitive skin types. You don't have to spend a lot to get a good product. Many drug store brands make very good makeup removers. Before your nightly cleansing routine you should cleanse your eye area first. This way when you wash your entire face you will not cause your mascara to run into your eyes. Begin by reading directions on eye makeup remover that you have chosen. Always use the recommended amount.
Moisten eye area slightly to wet mascara, this will let remover soak into mascara more thoroughly. Start with eye lid, start at the top with very light pressure wipe from top to bottom outside corner. Wipe away from corner of eye. This should leave a small amount of remover on lid. Moisten cotton ball or round with water follow same motion to remove excess makeup remover. Repeat if necessary with new cotton if any product remains. Now do second eye. To remove mascara add small amount of makeup remover to q-tip. Close eye roll q-tip over lash in downward motion to apply remover. You can follow up with another q-tip moistened with water or a cotton ball. Do not saturate cotton. Gently glide over lash in a downward motion. It may take a couple of cotton balls to remove mascara depending on type and how many coats you apply. To remove any mascara that has ended up under you eye use a small amount of remover on cotton to remove. Now that you have taken off your eye makeup and mascara you can complete your nightly facial care routine
How to Remove Foundation
When you put on your makeup foundation in the morning, it's a given that you should remove it that night before you hit the sheets. But removing makeup foundation is not a one-size-fits-all task. It all depends on the type of foundation you have on your face as to what cleaning concoction you should grab to remove it.
Water-Based Foundation - If you have a water-based foundation covering your face, you're in luck. No need for a special remover in this case. You can keep your cleaning routine extra-simple, because the foundation you use is easily dissolved. With a gentle, soap-free cleanser and a faucet full of lukewarm water, your foundation makeup will be a mere memory in a matter of moments.
Oil-Based Foundation - Time to bring out the heavy artillery -- in makeup remover, that is. Oil-based makeup foundation must be dissolved with a special makeup remover for oil-based foundation formulas. Going the cleanser and water route will get you nowhere fast. Pat the makeup remover onto your face to coat it, leave it on for the recommended amount of time and then wipe it off with tissues, cotton pads or a soft, clean cloth. Follow up with a toner that matches your skin type to get your skin super-clean.
Helpful Tools - Keep your makeup area well-stocked with gentle cleanser or makeup remover and toner. If you have dry skin, stay away from toners that contain drying alcohol. Also keep cotton pads, tissues, or soft, clean cloths close by. This will keep you from having to root around for things to clean your face. Being organized will also help you roll out a routine each night that won't take but a few minutes of your time. Extra Advice Whatever you do, always remove your makeup foundation before you slide between your sheets. Leaving makeup on your face can wreak some serious havoc on your complexion. The layer of dirt, oil and day-old makeup will mash into your pores and cause clogs, which can morph into pimples. Pre-moistened face cleansing cloths can be used in a pinch. Just make sure you follow up with a toner to banish all the residue.
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