Taking your make-up off before going to bed is one of the cardinal rules of skin care. Why? Because removing your make-up and using a face cleanser helps ensure that your skin stays clean and clear—not to mention, it also helps keep your pores unclogged and your pillowcase clean. (Just think about all that make-up piling up on your pillow if you don’t cleanse—no thanks!) But not all make-up removers are created equal, and, yes, there is a wrong way to remove your make-up. The best make-up remover will take dirt, debris and make-up away without leaving your skin feeling tight, dry or greasy. Here are a few tips on how to remove your make-up completely—your skin will thank you.
How to remove waterproof mascara and other hard-to-remove make-up
Some make-up products are harder to remove than others (think liquid eyeliner, long-wear lipstick and waterproof mascara). These skin products are designed to withstand water and sweat, so don’t count on regular soap and water removing them completely. Instead, opt for a skin-care product specifically designed to remove heavy-duty or waterproof make-up. L’Oréal Paris Gentle Eyes and Lips Waterproof Make-up Remover gets rid of waterproof and hard-to-remove make-up easily. It’s gentle bi-phase formula helps to take off tough make-up without rubbing and won’t leave any greasy residue behind. Simply put a bit on a cotton pad and swipe over your eyes and lips to remove whatever you need to. Using your waterproof make-up remover should be the first step in your skin-care routine at night.
Be sure to use a gentle make-up remover
To get rid of any non-waterproof make-up, make sure to pick a formula that won’t strip your skin but that will gently remove make-up that is stubborn or on the eyes. The key here is to get rid of all your non-waterproof make-up without irritating your skin with any pulling, tugging or harsh scrubbing. gets rid of all your make-up without irritating your sensitive skin. The best skin-care regime includes a cleanser that is effective but gentle which will also leave your skin super-hydrated.
Try a deep-cleansing mask to make sure you’ve removed all of your make-up
Getting rid of the dirt, debris and make-up on your skin sometimes requires a really deep clean. Opting for a clay mask that pulls out impurities from the skin that might be trapped deeper is a great option, especially after days or events where you’ve worn more make-up than usual (think weddings, parties or anytime you planned on being photographed). With the combination of charcoal and clays in the mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Charcoal Mask for Dull Skin makes sure to pull out anything that might be trapped in your pores and leaves your skin fresh and luminous.
Opt for a classic make-up remover to cover all your bases
To make sure you have removed your make-up thoroughly, finish off your skin-care routine with Micellar cleansing water. It uses micellar technology to remove any remaining dirt, debris or make-up without stripping your skin of moisture. Micellar water molecules pick up the dirt and make-up from your skin without getting rid of the good oils that keep your skin hydrated and your skin barrier intact.
The key is choosing the right Micellar cleansing water for your skin type. Here are a few tips:
If you have oily skin,
- look for a micellar water that will help remove excess oil and rebalance the sebum in your complexion. L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin helps remove dirt, debris and excess oil, leaving your skin super-clean and balanced, with no greasiness.
If you have sensitive skin,
- opt for a gentle formula that doesn’t include harsh ingredients like alcohol, fragrance or soap. L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin lets you remove make-up without rubbing or irritating and leaves your skin soft and smooth, with no redness! It’s perfect if your skin tends to be reactive or sensitive.
If you have dry skin,
- retaining moisture is key, and you’ll really feel the difference. It has molecules that pick up dirt and make-up while leaving natural moisture behind on your skin where it belongs. When you use L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, you won’t feel any tightness or irritation, and you won’t be left feeling drier than you did before you started. This is especially true because with Micellar water, you can forgo using water, which can actually be drying to your complexion. Plus, by avoiding alcohol and fragrance, you can make sure that your skin barrier stays intact.