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Makeup Remover 101: A Formula for Every Skin-Care Routine and Skin Type

Using makeup remover at the end of the day is a no-brainer, but did you know that choosing the best makeup remover formula for your type of skin and makeup is just as important?

Taking your makeup off before going to bed is one of the cardinal rules of skin care. Why? Because removing your makeup 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 makeup piling up on your pillow if you don’t cleanse—no thanks!) But not all makeup removers are created equal, and, yes, there is a wrong way to remove your makeup. The best makeup remover will take dirt, debris and makeup away without leaving your skin feeling tight, dry or greasy. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re removing your makeup completely—your skin will thank you.

The best skin-care regimen starts with the heavy stuff

Some makeup 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 makeup. L’Oréal Paris Gentle Eyes and Lips Waterproof Makeup Remover gets rid of waterproof and hard-to-remove makeup easily. It’s gentle bi-phase formula helps to take off tough makeup 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. Removing waterproof makeup should be the first step in your skin-care routine at night.

Don’t strip your complexion with skin-care products

To get rid of any non-waterproof makeup, make sure to pick a formula that won’t strip your skin but that will get rid of any stubborn face or eye makeup. The key here is to get rid of all your non-waterproof makeup without irritating your skin with any pulling, tugging or harsh scrubbing. L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup-Removing Cleansing Wipes  gets rid of all your makeup 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.

To really make sure you’ve removed all of your makeup, try a deep-cleaning mask

Getting rid of the dirt, debris and makeup 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 makeup than usual (think weddings, parties or anytime you planned on being photographed). With its combination of clays and charcoal, 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.

To cover all your bases, opt for a classic makeup remover product

To make sure you have removed all of your makeup, finish off your skin-care routine with a micellar water. It uses micellar technology to remove any remaining dirt, debris or makeup without stripping your skin of moisture. Basically, micellar molecules pick up the dirt and makeup 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 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 makeup 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 when using a micellar water. It has molecules that pick up dirt and makeup 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 a 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.

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