Ladies, isn’t it the HARDEST task to remove your makeup after a long day or night out. The only thing you can think about when you get home is hitting the sheets and staying there. Well in the name of beautiful skin underneath that makeup, you must, must, must suck it up and get that makeup off your face. Your skin will suffer more than you even know, by sleeping with it on, and not to mention how nasty your sheets and pillow cases are bound to look the next morning. Here are some tips and tricks to removing that makeup fast and effectively.
1. Start with a oil or moisturizer
A good oil or moisturizer like plain olive oil or face cream/cold cream will help to loosen up that beautiful makeup that promises to not move off your face at night. The problem with that promise to last all day and night, is that when it comes time to remove, it can prove to be almost next to impossible. This is why a good natural oil is the best first step. I personally just take a bit of olive oil and vaseline on a cotton swab and rub it over the skin. I will immediately see the makeup begin to smear and loosen up.
2. Eye Makeup Remover
For eye makeup I am especially careful. This is where being lazy can truly go wrong. The last thing you want to do is rub and irritate the skin around your eyes, as it causes more permanent damage in the long run. I like to use a good eye makeup remover in addition to the oil/moisturizer to really make sure I loosen up the mascara, and any other eye makeup I may be wearing. My personal favorite is H2O Plus Water-Activated Eye Makeup Remover. It works like a charm, isn’t to expensive, and is light weight so it doesn’t clog my pores. A little goes a long way with this product as well, so it last quite a bit of time.
My go to face cleansers are cetaphil and African Black soap. Whatever cleanser you choose is fine, but my skin seems to love these products. After you have already loosened up your makeup, begin to cleanse your face. This will remove the makeup removal products and grease and grime from the oil/moisturizer used in the previous steps. After you’ve cleansed your face you should be left with make up free and clear skin.
It is important to use a toner, and it picks up any residual dirt and bacteria left on the skin. Keeping your pores tight and clean, and free from anything that can cause acne, dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. I personally like to mix my toner with a few drops of lavender oil. It helps with inflammation and is just an extra bit of acne prevention.
Now that you have completely removed EVERYTHING from your skin, it is important that you give its some life back with a light moisturizer. If you have oily skin, be especially careful with what you choose, as too much oil and moisture can cause the skin to get clogged and agitated.
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