I’m not going to lie, I’ll hold my hands up and say I’ve been guilty of this in the past. There was once a time when I thought skimming a makeup wipe over my face was how to remove makeup properly. Unfortunately, that quick five-minute process may look like there’s no makeup left on your face, but in reality, our pores would tell a different story. I know, It’s boring, you’re tired and it’s getting late, I completely understand. But JLO didn’t get that flawless skin from being lazy!
Of course, our skin would be at its ultimate health if we didn’t wear makeup at all. As for me, I have a few makeup-free days but I really love wearing it. I think makeup is super creative and a fantastic way to express yourself. There is no problem with wearing makeup, crazy dramatic electric blue-winged liners or a little bit of concealer and mascara. As long as you are removing it properly. Once you find the perfect routine for you, you might actually enjoy taking your makeup off. For me, there is no better feeling than getting into bed feeling SUPER clean. Knowing my skin is rid of any nasties lying dormant underneath, creating problems while I sleep. After all, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason!
How to Remove Makeup Properly – My Skincare Routine.
First of all, let me tell you my favourite way to remove my makeup at the minute plus some added tips and details about my general skin care routine. Then I’ll sum up with do’s and don’t’s with you guys plus some extra tips on how to remove makeup properly.
The first product I like to use is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to take off my mascara, eyeshadow and brow products. This water is super gentle on my eyes which is something I struggle to find in eye makeup removers. I dispense a little bit of this onto a cotton pad and using circular motions, gentle remove my eye makeup. On heavier makeup wearing days (that’s a mouth full and probably not proper English haha) I’ll sometimes repeat this step a second time. Once my eye makeup is all cleaned off and I no longer look like a panda, I’ll then reach for my first cleanser.
Lots of people will use face wipes to remove eye makeup. Rule number one – This will cause a lot of friction on your eyes causing unnecessary wrinkles and damage to the thinnest layer of skin on our face. Second rule – Majority of makeup wipes contain alcohol which dehydrates the skin and strips it of its natural oils. If you want a healthy glow this is a big NO!
TBK Tip: You should ALWAYS double cleanse. Cleansing once just isn’t enough. The first cleanse will remove makeup but the second cleanse is the one doing the real work. This will be actually cleansing your skin, getting into those pores and remove any makeup the first cleanse couldn’t tackle, also any dirt, excess oils etc.
For my first cleanse, at the moment, I’m using the Precleanse Balm from Dermalogica. This product is rather new from this brand, I use to use the original Precleanse Oil which I love. But I’m trying this one out at the minute and it’s just as good as the original just in a creamy balm formula rather than oil.
Whilst I am cleansing, I like to splash my face with hot/warm water as this opens my pores, making sure all the dirt is being removed properly! After I’ve used the Precleanse Balm, I’ll go straight ahead with my second cleanse. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been using the L’Oreal Fine Flowers Milk which my skin loves as I get a little sensitive sometimes. Another fantastic tip and something I do myself is to boost your cleanse! By this, I mean powering up your cleansing routine with a facial tool. I like to use a Magnitone Vibrating Cleansing Brush, which will not only be cleansing my skin but it will be gently exfoliating as well.
This cleansing brush can be used in the shower which is perfect for me, I just charge it, once a week and keep it in the bathroom ready for cleansing. I only use this once a day or every other day to make sure I don’t over sensitize my skin. I would highly recommend this as it gives you the ultimate glow and my skin feels unbelievably refreshed after use.
Something I wouldn’t recommend is using it with your first cleanse as it will just get covered in makeup!!! Always use this to power up your second cleanse. It works great with milk cleansers, gels, and foaming cleansers too.
On a normal week, I use a medium/strong exfoliating product twice a week as well as using my cleansing brush. My skin is used to this routine now but if you aren’t used to exfoliating often, work your way up slowly! After I have cleansed and exfoliated, I close my pores by splashing cold water on my face. This definitely wakes you up!
I also like to use a hydrating face mask once or twice a week I’ll leave some of my fave masks below:-
- Dermalogica Hydrating Mask
- The Body Shop -Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
- Neal’s Yard Rose Formula Antioxidant Facial Mask
- Garnier Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
I finish with serum (every other day), moisturiser and eye cream. I’m trying out a beautiful serum from Clarins at the moment, called Face Treatment Oil Blue Orchid Dehydrated Skin. You may have seen me talk about this on my Instagram story. My all-time fave moisturiser is the Soap & Glory Speed Plump All-Day Super Moisture Marvel but that’s a story for another day when we have a few hours for me to rave about it haha. Finally, I use the Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Firm which is a gorgeous eye and lip treatment.
The Dos and Don’ts – How to Remove Makeup Properly?
Now you have a pretty detailed run through of what products I like to use and products I’m loving at the moment. I hope that has helped you have a little inspiration for your own routines.The main things to take away from what I mentioned above to improve how to remove makeup properly are:
- Do not just use face wipes this isn’t enough and can dehydrate the skin.
- Gentle circular motions to remove eye makeup to avoid damaged skin around eyes.
- ALWAYS double cleanse!!
- Use hot water to steam the face and open pores.
- Use facial tools to boost your cleansing routine.
- Exfoliate every day with a gentle exfoliator or twice a week with a stronger one.
- Slowly build your skin up to exfoliation to avoid your skin being sensitive.
- Removing dead skin encourages post products to penetrate deeper.
Before I round this blog post up, I’d like to give you guys some more tips! I just love sharing every piece of knowledge I have with you, hoping this will give you guys all the info you need on this subject.
Which products are best for my skin type?
- Oils are great for removing eye makeup and perfect for every skin type!
- Milk cleansers are brilliant for sensitive skin and dry skin.
- Gel cleansers good for normal/oily skin.
- Clay-based cleansers are fab for oily/combination skin.
I just use soap and water, is this ok?
Absolutely not. Although old school, soap and water are simply not enough for our skin. In fact, studies have shown that certain types of soap are extremely drying on our skin. Like face wipes, they strip the natural oils out of our skin which we actually need for hydration.
Should I take my makeup off at night and cleanse again in the morning?
110%. I mentioned above that I love going to sleep with that fresh feeling. Lots of people think that waking up and popping your makeup straight back on is ok. When in fact, we will have produced excess oil while we were sleeping, not to mention picking up any nasty bits from our pillows. I spoke to you guys in my Combatting Acne Prone Skin blog post, about pillowcases breeding bacteria, so yes cleansing again in the morning is a must! Plus your makeup will apply better.
I’m going to round off this – how to remove makeup properly post now as it has been a long one! But if you guys have any questions for me on the how to remove makeup properly subject, or any skincare questions at all. Pop a comment down below and I’ll get back to you!
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