BeautyHow to remove make-up from your face correctly

How to remove make-up from your face correctly

There is no doubt, many women agree with each other when pointing it out: removing makeup from the face is not as fun as putting on makeup. Even if it only takes a few seconds to remove the cosmetic from the skin of the face. However, despite having a long day at work, possibly followed by an even longer afternoon caring for the little ones in the house, it is essential to remove your makeup properly before retiring to rest.

The reason? As we will learn in detail in a future section, the truth is that leaving your makeup on with the intention of removing it the next day is not a very good idea. And it is that, after a few hours, it is possible that the cosmetic product in question ends up blocking the pores, increasing the risk of an uncomfortable and annoying acne breakout. In addition, the skin can become much more sensitive and inflamed.

How to remove makeup properly (and completely)?

Start with the eyes

Especially if you’re wearing waterproof makeup, the thick, dark product that builds up from both mascara and eyeliner can be extremely difficult to remove.

Oil -based removers are great for this, as they’re gentle and can remove mascara and other cosmetic products. What’s more, did you know that they are also excellent for long-lasting lipsticks?

Since the skin around the eyes is very sensitive and delicate, it is important to be as careful as possible. Makeup remover wipes are not recommended, and although you can use cotton pads, the ideal is to use your fingers. However, if you have wet wipes or pads previously soaked with a cleaning product specially designed to be used in this area, carefully hold them over the eyes for a bit, to allow the remover to penetrate well into the skin, and then wipe the product.

Tip: Some experts apply the remover first, then let it sit while you floss and brush, which helps both the mascara and eyeliner soften and slide off more easily once you’re ready to wipe it off. Plus, the longer it stays on, the less time you’ll have to spend rubbing and cleaning your eyes, which can cause irritation and wrinkles.


After using a make-up remover, it is often necessary to rinse or wash your face a little. In this sense, before washing your face, some specialists advise using hot steam, thus becoming an excellent option for self-care of the skin in order to help soften the pores, so that the cleansing product can penetrate deeper.

And how to do it? It is very simple. You just have to put water in a saucepan on the fire, and heat until it reaches the boiling point. Then remove it from the heat and let it cool down a bit, but not enough to avoid wasting the vapors. Add a drop of lavender essential oil, or tea tree, stand on top of the saucepan with a towel on top. Stay like this for 2 or 3 minutes.

Once this is done, use your favorite facial cleanser. Rinse your skin with lukewarm water, which will help your pores open up. Gently apply the cleanser, always in a circular motion, all over your face (and don’t forget your neck too). Be sure to cleanse your face all the way down to your hairline, where makeup also collects. Finally, once applied, leave it on for 15 to 20 seconds. To finish, rinse with cold water.

Tones the skin

After cleansing your skin, an excellent – and recommended – way to tone your skin is to use a facial toner, which provides not only interesting qualities, but will also help ensure that no makeup or dirt remains.

To apply it, simply add a few drops of your favorite toner to a cotton pad and gently rub it into your skin. Of course, pay special attention to those areas of the face where the cosmetic product tends to accumulate more, such as both sides of the nose and what is known as the “T zone” (that is, the area of ​​the face that includes the chin area, nose and forehead).


After you have applied your make-up remover, your facial cleanser, and your favorite facial toner, it is time to provide the skin with moisture and hydration, and this can only be achieved with a good moisturizer, even if you do not have dry skin.

And this also means not only moisturizing the skin, but also the eye and lip area.

Tip: If you leave your skin damp while you apply the moisturizer, you will be able to maintain hydration even more if possible.

And remember something essential: baby wipes are not recommended, because although they may resemble makeup remover wipes, they are not formulated to carry out the same job. Even when they provide a gentle cleanse for the skin, they don’t necessarily contain the ingredients originally needed to break down even the stubbornest makeup. On the contrary, some of these wipes could even contain alcohol, with the risk of irritation and stinging that this could entail.

The correct way to remove eye makeup

As you probably know, it is essential to be as careful as possible when cleaning all parts of the face. And as we discussed in the previous section, it is true that eye makeup -such as mascara- can be even more complicated to remove, especially if it is a waterproof or water-resistant mask.

Since mascara and eyeliner can be difficult to remove, and it is not recommended to rub the eye area excessively as it is a very sensitive part of the face, it is advisable to opt for a make-up remover. oil-based, but a product that is not so oily as to leave an uncomfortable residue on the skin.

Alternatively, you can use specially formulated micellar water to remove waterproof makeup. And is that if you use an effective makeup remover, you should not need to scrub or rub the skin intensely, since you should be able to rinse it off more easily.

Or, you can choose a dual-phase eye make-up remover (also known as bi-phasic eye make-up remover), which contains one-part oil and one-part water, so that while the oil manages to drag the pigment, the phase water will soothe the skin and act as a rinse. To apply it, you just have to press it gently on the lashes for 5 to 10 seconds, and then gently wipe it off.

And in the case of long-lasting lipsticks? How to remove them correctly:

Although in the previous section we provided you with the necessary steps to also remove makeup from the lip area, we have preferred to place special emphasis on the process to follow to remove lipsticks, particularly those that are long-lasting.

Many experts recommend using a Vaseline-based balm, useful for softening and loosening lipstick. To achieve this, it is only necessary to apply a thick layer, and let it rest for a few minutes. Then, too lightly remove the lipstick, use a very soft-bristled toothbrush. Although a perfectly clean cotton towel will also come in handy.

Why it is essential to remove your makeup before going to bed:

Many experts agree on the importance of removing your makeup before going to bed.  Although it is true that some beauty specialist indicates that technically it is not necessary, as long as you use the correct type of makeup, the reality is that most dermatologists think the opposite.

When you go to bed with your makeup on (or at least a small amount if you haven’t removed it properly, even if it’s not completely visible), your skin doesn’t “breathe,” which could end up clogging your pores and causing breakouts. acne. Obviously, everything will depend on the type of makeup, since there are some cosmetic products that can be used for long hours without risk.

In any case, many dermatologists do not think the same. Sleeping with makeup on can cause unnecessary exposure to free radicals in the environment, which makeup traps every time it is applied to the skin, and stays on it for long hours. These radicals cause the  breakdown of collagen, which can lead to the appearance of fine lines on the skin.

However, regardless of whether your makeup is correct, and whether it’s okay to leave it on for a single night, you could also end up ruining your pillowcase, possibly forcing you to replace it. and change it the next day.

On the other hand, since a huge amount of oxidative stress accumulates during the day, when you go to bed with your makeup on you are not giving your skin a chance to recover, which can lead to premature aging.

At this point, you may be asking yourself the following question: what happens if you leave your makeup on for just one night? It has probably happened to you that some other night you went out to dinner with friends, and then you went to a disco, so that you did not get home until very late, and from there you went directly to bed.

If so, a night of sleeping in makeup is unlikely to cause lasting skin damage. But if you do this regularly, the pores will end up getting more and more clogged. Thus, eventually, it could result in the formation of a microcomedo, which consists of a microscopic and subclinical comedo (meaning it is not yet visible), but it is capable of attracting acne-causing bacteria to your pores.

In short, here is a short and simple summary of the possible consequences of sleeping with makeup on:

  • Eye irritation and infection. Especially when makeup has been applied to the eye area, not removing eye makeup can cause redness, dryness, irritation, and in more severe cases, eye infection.
  • Obstruction. As we have already told you on several occasions, not removing your foundation completely, and leaving it on for long hours, can lead to clogged pores, increasing the risk of the appearance of uncomfortable and annoying pimples. In addition, the lash follicles and sebaceous glands can also easily become clogged, especially if you sleep with mascara on. If these areas become clogged they can form small bumps, known as styes.
  • Dry Skin. Even if you don’t leave makeup on your skin, traces of makeup that you haven’t been able to remove properly can inhibit the absorption of skin care products, creating a barrier that prevents beneficial ingredients from being able to penetrate normally into the skin. skin surface. In short, even when you have dry skin, your moisturizer will not be able to nourish it as it should.
  • Eyelash breakage. Mascara can make your lashes brittle, break more easily, and ultimately fall out much faster.
  • Chapped lips. Going to bed and sleeping with any type of lipstick, even if it has moisturizing qualities, can cause dryness, and the lips can crack more easily as they lose moisture.

Before going to sleep: How to prepare your face for the night

Now that you have managed to remove all your makeup, and your skin is completely clean and hydrated, you can rest and sleep peacefully. This means that, in the morning, your skin will be perfect, and your face will be ready to start again with your own day-to-day routine. You don’t even necessarily have to wash your skin again in the morning, although it might be recommended.

It all depends on your skin type. If you have dry skin, washing it twice could end up stripping it of even more much-needed moisture. However, if you have oily skin, you could use a morning cleanse to remove any overnight sebum or oil buildup.

Even when you use a make-up remover wipe, because you are very tired or don’t have much time, remember that they are not highly recommended options, especially if you use them regularly, since they leave some substances on the skin that could end up irritating it. In any case, if you use them on an occasional basis, do not forget that the essential thing is to continue with your usual skin care routine afterwards, which will provide your skin with the care and protection that it so much needs.

The key, as we see, is to try to keep the skin free of any make-up and cosmetic product for as long as possible, particularly as long as it is not essential to wear it. And, above all, hydrate and nourish it properly, with which you will be able to avoid and prevent one of the most unwanted effects: premature aging.


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