I am just going to say it, not removing your makeup at night is gross. Now I know for most this is a routine but I have chatted with many friends & clients who say they skip taking off makeup on a semi-regular basis. Even if your skin never breaks out or reacts when you do occasionally hit the pillow with your makeup on, you should still be giving your skin a quick clean every evening before bed. Throughout the day dirt, pollutants, oil from your hair and fingers touching your face all accumulate on the skin. Properly taking off your makeup at night also ensures that you are removing all of this. Below are 3 tips for cleansing your skin and a few great product recommendations.
Use an oil based cleanser to remove your makeup. I recently have been using Cle De Peau's Cleansing Cream Oil. It has such a luxurious feel when you massage it on the skin. Perfect for someone with dryer skin or in winter when you need a bit more hydration. Oil based cleansers also work for people with oily skin, just choose one that is slightly lighter like Shu Uemura's Porefinish Fresh Cleansing Oil.
Try doing a double cleanse. When I was younger and struggling with breakouts I started doing this and it was a game changer for my skin. Sure it takes a bit more time and product but to me clear skin is worth it. After you have removed your makeup, especially if you are using just a makeup remover, give your skin another quick rinse to guarantee that you have removed everything. I typically will use a gentle cleanser for this. Fresh Soy Cleansers are amazing and will also remove makeup well so if you are not interested in using two separate products they are a fabulous option. I still would do a quick double cleanse just to make sure any remnants of makeup are gone. If you are using a makeup remover or oil then a basic cleanser like cetaphil is perfect for the second cleanse.
When travelling or if I am being super lazy I will use makeup wipes. I usually will still give my skin a quick rinse with water before applying moisturizer. Just make sure to choose a brand/type that is appropriate for your skin.
Do you have any favourite cleansers? Sound off in the comments below!
Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.