Since we were young, it’s been drummed into us that it is very important to apply eye make-up remover before bedtime.
According to LearnBeauty, this is necessary so that your skin will be able to breathe and regenerate itself during the whole night while you sleep. It is normal to feel lazy at the end of a long day, and being tired causes women to fall asleep without removing the makeup from their skin, but that can be very damaging to the face and pores.
The effect from leaving makeup on your face overnight can clog your pores and cause you to experience breakouts more frequently. When makeup becomes impacted into your facial pores, it makes them look larger and more noticeable. It is very essential to remove all makeup products thoroughly and completely to avoid blackheads and pimples.
Items you will require for removal of makeup:
- Eye makeup remover
- Facial cleanser
- A clean towel
- Cotton pads
Start by with removing the eye makeup first.
It is important to begin with the make up on and around the eyes because removing mascara can be very difficult, this is especially true if it is waterproof. In order to completely remove your mascara and eye shadows pigments, the use of an eye makeup removal product is recommended. Start by applying the eye makeup remover to a cotton pad and gently wipe the makeup away from each eye. The easiest way to do this is to close your eyes and then gently rub downwards on the lashes. You can repeat this motion a few times until all of the mascara is gone. Make sure to be careful to never stretch the skin around the eyes, because the skin here is very delicate. It is a good idea to use a different cotton pad if necessary to remove the eye shadows pigments. You can also use baby oil in place of eye makeup remover, or wet wipes, but you should never use regular makeup remover on or around your eyes, because this could cause drying of the skin in this sensitive area.
On the rest of the face you can use a facial cleanser, but you should avoid using a soap unless it is specially designed for the face, because it can cause excessive drying. Start by wetting your face and then apply the facial cleanser. With your fingers tips gently rub the cleanser into the face and don’t forget to include your neck too! Concentrate more on the areas where you applied the makeup most heavily, usually on the mouth area, nose, and cheekbones. Make sure you leave the cleanser on the skin for two to three minutes so that it can penetrate into the skin.
Use lukewarm water to remove all of the facial cleanser, and then dry your face with a clean towel. It is usually good practice to make sure you rinse three times to ensure the removal of all cosmetic and cleanser residue.
Tone your skin
Try to stay away from oil-based astringents, and stick to oil-free types appropriate for your skin. Apply it generously to the cotton pad and wipe your face until it is clean. It is recommended, but not required that you use a toner, at this point, as they are one of the most important parts of allowing healthy skin. Toners can also help to reduce the appearance of pores, and eliminate oil from your skin.
Moisturise your skin
This is perhaps one of the most important steps, try not to skip this one! Make sure to moisturize your skin after you have removed your makeup.
So now that you are aware of the importance of removing your makeup every evening before bedtime, you should choose a few towels or a makeup removal mitt to be specifically for this purpose. This can help avoid ruining your nice bathroom towels with mascara and cover-up.
One of our favourite products is Gatineau Gentle Eye Make-up Remover. Treat your eyes with this non-oily alcohol free cleansing and soothing lotion with the same pH as your natural tears. It gently removes eye shadow, liner and mascara without irritating the eyes or the delicate eye area. This product can also be used to remove lipstick.
This multi-use product with its combination of anti-inflammatory ingredients can be used as a cold eye compress to help decongest the eye area.
How to Apply:
Apply onto cotton pads and gently remove eye products.
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- Glycol to lightly moisturise