At times we feel a bit lazy and would prefer not to do the whole skin care regime that is so important to us. However, it is vital to remove your makeup at night before you go to bed as this keeps our skin looking healthy and clean. It also allows the skin to breathe during the night and prevent the mascara and foundation from ruining our pillows with their stains.
Below are a few things you should do when cleaning your face and removing your makeup:-
1. Remove your hair from your face (bang). You can pin it back with a ponytail holder, headband or with clips.
2. The first thing you need to do is to remove the makeup from your eyes with a recommended makeup remover.
3. Using a cotton ball or washcloth, gently wipe over your eyes, making sure to get the eye lashes, eye lids, brow line and area underneath the eyes.
4. Remove your eyeliner with a Q-tip as this removes all traces of the makeup that you were unable to remove with the cotton ball.
5. With a little warm water, you can then rinse your face.
6. Using a wash cloth or just pour a little of your facial cleanser onto your face and neck, and massage in a circular motion until your entire facial and neck areas are covered in a nice, foamy lather, all the while avoiding your eyes.
7. Leave the cleanser for a few minutes giving it time to do its job.
8. Rinse your face and neck with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
9. Use a light layer of facial moisturizer to your face and neck before you head to bed.
How to Remove Eye Makeup and Mascara
Many persons may ask if they can use the same lotion, soap bar or regular face cleanser to remove eye makeup and mascara. The answer to this is “no” because the skin around your eyes are much thinner than the rest of your skin on your face.
It is recommended that you use a makeup remover that is designed for caring around your eye area. Use these simple steps to keep your eye area healthy. When choosing the right eye makeup, you would need some professional help as you will need the cleanser that suits your skin type.
There are lots of them to choose from, so be very careful when making your purchase. If you are some person who have oily skin, then you should choose an oil free remover and vice versa. For sensitive skin, choose one that is made for sensitive skin types.
There are lots of cheap products out there, so there is no need for you to break the bank to get a good product as many drug store brands make very good makeup removers. As mentioned before, you should clean your eye area first before doing routine nightly cleanse. In this way, when you wash your entire face; there would no mascara to run in your eyes.
It is important that you read your eye makeup remover directions and follow the recommended amount to use.
1. Moisten the area slightly around you’re your eye to wet the mascara as this allows the remover to soak into the mascara more thoroughly.
2. Begin at the top of the eye lid with very little pressure and wipe from top to bottom on the outside corners. Wipe away from corner of your eye and this should leave a small amount of remover on the lid.
3. Moisten a cotton ball with water and follow the same motion to remove excess makeup remover. Repeat if necessary with new cotton if any product remains. Now do second eye.
4. To remove mascara, add a small amount of makeup remover to Q-tip. Close your eye and roll the Q-tip over the lash in a downward motion. You can follow up with another Q-tip moistened with water or a cotton ball. Do not saturate cotton. Gently glide over your lash in a downward motion.
It may take a couple of cotton balls to remove mascara depending on type and how many coats you apply. To remove any mascara that has ended up under you eye use a small amount of remover on cotton to remove. Now that you have taken off your eye makeup and mascara you can complete your nightly facial care routine.
How to Remove Foundation
If you put on foundation makeup in the morning, it is a given that you remove at night before you go to bed. But removing makeup foundation is not a one-size-fits-all task. It all depends on the type of foundation you are wearing so that you can create the right mixture you should use to remove it.
Water-Based Foundation: This is the easiest foundation to remove. For this one; there is nothing special you will need for removal. This is just an extra simple method because the foundation is easily dissolved. With a gentle, soap-free cleanser and a faucet full of lukewarm water, your foundation makeup will be a mere memory in a matter of moments.
Oil-Based Foundation: For this removal you will need to bring out the heavy artillery — in makeup remover, that is. This type of foundation needs to be dissolved with a special makeup remover for oil-based foundation formulas. Using the water method is impossible.
1. Pat the makeup remover onto your face to coat it and leave it on for the recommended amount of time as suggested by the manufacturer.
2. Wipe it off with tissues, cotton pads or a soft, clean cloth. Follow up with a toner that matches your skin type to get your skin super-clean.
Helpful Tools – Keep your makeup area well-stocked with gentle cleansers or makeup removers and toners. If you have dry skin, stay away from toners that contain drying alcohol. Also keep cotton pads, tissues, or soft, clean cloths close by. This will keep you from having to root around for things to clean your face. Being organized will also help you roll out a routine each night that won’t take but a few minutes of your time.
Extra Advice – Whatever you do, always remove your makeup foundation before you slide between your sheets. Leaving makeup on your face can wreak some serious havoc on your complexion. The layer of dirt, oil and day-old makeup will mash into your pores and cause clogs, which can morph into pimples. Pre-moistened face cleansing cloths can be used in a pinch.
Just make sure you follow up with a toner to banish the entire residue.