The Right Way to Remove Makeup

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Mother knows best… At least she does when it comes to day-old makeup and sleep. She always warned you to remove those pore-clogging creams and powders before going to bed. And she was right! Leaving cosmetics on overnight is bad for your skin. Here’s what happens when you catch some z’s decked out in makeup:

The Right Way to Remove Makeup

  • Your skin can’t breathe, especially if you are using oil-based foundations, concealers or beauty creams. The residue they create overnight causes impurities to become embedded in the skin, leaving oil, dirt and debris trapped inside. This can cause breakouts and make your pores appear enlarged.
  • Bacteria and toxins from pollution and external environmental elements build up on the skin throughout the day. When those toxins aren’t removed properly, it can lead to premature signs of aging.
  • Repeated snoozing in a full face of makeup ultimately leads to noticeable wear and tear of the skin, including irritation, fine lines and a dull complexion.

Effectively removing all traces of makeup and debris each night is one of the best ways to guarantee your skin remains its healthiest. Follow these guidelines to make sure you’re scrub-a-dub-dubbing your skin the proper way:

Step 1: Wipe away the day

Remove your heavy pigmented makeup like eye shadow, eyeliners and lipsticks. Avoid using toxic, chemical makeup removers which can strip the skin’s natural moisture barrier and healthy oils. Some great DIY makeup removers can be found in your kitchen cabinets. Apply natural oils like coconut oil or olive oil to break away the makeup without over-drying your skin.

Step2: Get wishy-washy

Once the heavy pigments have been loosened and wiped away, grab a good detoxifying cleanser to lift away remaining debris and impurities. Try the Refining Sugar Cleanser formulated with natural, dissolving cane sugar to effectively cleanse the skin and remove makeup. This multi-tasking formula gently exfoliates surface impurities as it transforms into a creamy, foaming lather to leave skin smoother, softer, and hydrated. Bonus: this cleanser is boosted with age-defying peptides and crocus chrysanthus extract for added firming and wrinkle-fighting power.

Cleansing tip: It’s a fact that most people do not wash their skin long enough to properly cleanse away the debris that can be imbedded in the pores. For best results wash the skin for a full 90 seconds to break away and remove dirt and dead skin cells.

Step 3: Seal the deal

The final step is to restore hydration and supply the skin with the nutrients necessary for long term health. You’ll need to apply a good, reparative moisturizer. A cream that works well for all skin types and ages is the Pumpkin Renew Cream, a lightweight daily moisturizer with antioxidant-rich cloudberry extract and pumpkin seed oil to protect and nourish skin. Astaxanthin, shea butter, and vitamin E replenish and balance skin’s moisture levels to prevent dehydration.