The Correct Way to Remove Your Makeup

We all consider removing our makeup at the end of the day to be a simple and a no-brainer activity, but it turns out that mindlessly scrubbing away with a makeup wipe is by no means the best method of attack. Removing your makeup is much more involved than one would think. It’s not just getting the physical products off of our faces, but it’s also about maintaining the health and vibrancy of the skin under that makeup as well! Here are some important actions we can all take to ensure that we are removing our makeup the best way possible.

Just like with all things having to do with skincare, makeup remover can also be specialized for those with specific skin needs. For those with more oily/acne prone skin, I recommend La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micellar Cleansing Water. For dry skin I recommend Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Melting Cleanser, and for those with sensitive skin, I recommend Avène XeraCalm A.D Cleansing Oil. For all-around makeup removal though, I recommend Micellar Water, though the brand doesn’t really matter. Now, on to removal techniques!

When removing eye shadow, mascara, eye liner, etc… it is paramount that we be slow and thorough in our makeup removal process. The skin around our eyes is sensitive and should be treated delicately with care. Avoid scrubbing away with a makeup wipe, as just vigorously going at it can dry out the skin, increase the appearance of fine lines and cause redness as well as irritation. Instead, take a cotton round (as opposed to cotton balls which just soak up product and can leave residue), soak some remover into it, and place it over the eye makeup, allowing it to sit for a few seconds. Doing this will allow for the remover to start to dissolve the makeup, loosening it from the skin around your eyes. After a little bit, the makeup should come right off, scrubbing not necessary!

To get a stubborn waterproof mascara off do the same soaking technique as before, but instead of directionless rubbing, gently press the cotton round down and move it slowly in the direction your lashes grow. This should cause the mascara to easily slide off! Make sure to do these steps enough to get ALL of the makeup off from around the eyes, as residue left behind can cause irritation over time. 

When moving onto the face, just be sure to be gentle when wiping off foundation, concealer, etc.  An important area of our face that is often missed or skipped in this process is our hairline! If our makeup is not removed properly, we can break out and cause irritation. This vital as our hairline contains hair follicles where oils tend to collect and cause acne. 

Now that all of our makeup is removed from our bare faces, it’s time to cleanse! This should be done after every time makeup and makeup remover is used. Just because the makeup is gone, doesn’t mean your skin is ready quite yet to hit the pillow. I always recommend a gentle cleanser after so much skin activity, as we don’t want to possibly irritate our skin any further. Use bare fingertips in circular motions, rinse gently and pat dry. Add your favorite serum or moisturizer to complete the process!

Now that we know the best ways to cleanse our skin of makeup, if you’re interested in learning more about treatments and what we can do to keep your skin at its best, book a consultation to come see us! Please remember that masks are mandatory for all appointments, and we encourage you to call the office to discuss all safety precautions being taken.

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Marnie B. Nussbaum, M.D., FAAD, is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in non-invasive aesthetic rejuvenation.

There is not a more caring, more attentive, smarter dermatologist than Dr Marnie Nussbaum. I trust her implicitly with anything and highly recommend her.

— Carolyn Rosen


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