What is the best way to remove makeup?

Lots of factors can leave the skin gasping for air, which is why it needs tender loving care and to be cleansed morning and night. Makeup, pollution, sweat, excess sebum, dead skin cells: the list goes on. Find out how to remove makeup properly.

No one likes waking up with raccoon eyes; eyes that have dark makeup circles around them. To wake up looking fresh-faced, it’s imperative that you take your makeup off before getting into bed. The best makeup remover will leave your skin oil-free, hydrated, and revitalized for the new day.

1. Why is it important to remove makeup

Before you learn how to remove makeup, you have to understand the basics behind why you should remove it in the first place. Leaving your makeup on overnight can cause extensive damage to your skin.

Your skin’s renewal process takes place while you are asleep, but to do this it needs to be able to breathe. When you leave your makeup on overnight, you are stopping this process from happening.

Most makeup products are oil-based and when left on overnight, it blocks up your pores and creates a plug of dirt and dead cells along the way. This could lead to blackheads, pimples, and even wrinkles.

Leaving eye makeup on overnight can also lead to serious eye issues such as infections, irritation, styes, and damaged eyelashes. Removing your makeup before you sleep isn’t just the most basic of skin care tips -it’s a health care tip too.

2. Makeup removal 101

Now that you know why we remove makeup, it’s time to get into the makeup remover skin care steps. There's more to cleansing than simply removing your makeup. Treat your skin to the meticulous, in-depth cleansing routine suited to your skin type. Take your time to buy the best skin care products for your skin and make removing your makeup an essential part of your everyday beauty skin care routine.

Step one: Remove your makeup

Before you get to using face wash, you need to use a specialist makeup remover to get rid of the majority of the oil-based products for ultimate breathability. Makeup removers come in many different forms. Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover is an innovative dual-phase lotion with organic plant extracts that instantly removes heavy, waterproof makeup without leaving a trace. It’s also gentle enough as a face cleanser for sensitive skin.

If you’re looking for a makeup remover that is better suited to cleansing light-to-medium makeup and is particularly effective for the sensitive skin around the eyes, then look no further than Clarins Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. It’s the best eye makeup remover that soothes and cleanses at the same time. This oil-free eye makeup remover is beautifully mild for all skin types.

Step two: Use a face cleanser

Invest in a non-drying, creamy, water-based cleanser to wash away excess sebum, pollution residue, and dead skin cells. Clarins Hydrating Gentle Foaming Cleanser is the best facial cleanser for makeup removal. Formulated with naturally lathering Organic Saponaria extract, it water-activates into a silky foam that gently and effectively removes impurities, makeup, and pollution while preserving the skin's natural microbiota. Moisture-rich Organic Aloe Vera extract leave skin feeling smooth, radiant, and hydrated.

If you’re looking for a waterless cleanser for dry skin or a cleanser for oily skin, then have a look at our Velvet Cleansing Milk. The creamy cleansing milk is formulated with gentle, purifying Alpine herbs to melt away lightweight makeup, impurities, and pollutants while preserving the skin's microbiota to leave skin feeling soft, clean, hydrated, and incredibly comfortable—simply wipe with a tissue.

Step three: Toner it up

Don’t forget the face toner in your makeup remover endeavors either. Toning helps to get the last bit of dirt off of your face and helps to reduce the appearance of pores. Clarins Hydrating Toning Lotion doesn’t only do an amazing job at removing makeup, the Aloe Vera extract helps to soothe and visibly soften the face at the same time. Once you’re done with this toner, you’ll be left with radiant-looking, balanced and refreshed skin. It’s the perfect prep for your face cream or moisturizer.

Step four: Moisturize

No skin care routine is complete without moisturizer. Once your skin is perfectly cleansed, always moisturize with a face cream for your skin type, depending on your needs. The Clarins Super-Restorative Day Cream can be applied in the morning, or after removing your makeup during the day. If you are removing your makeup before bed, then try the night cream. Made with Organic Montpellier Rock-rose and an Anti-Pollution Complex, this is a powerful face cream that nourishes your skin while you sleep.

3. Tips for flawless cleansing

Don't skip your morning cleansing. Even if you removed all your makeup the night before, your skin goes into overdrive while you sleep, producing as much sebum as it does during the day, as well as turning over dead cells. Remember to use your fingers to cleanse rather than cotton pads or makeup wipes: not only is this a more eco-friendly option, it's also gentler on the skin. Using your fingers means less damage to the upper layers of your skin and less damage to its hydrolipidic film.

Also, remember to hydrate your body as well as your skin. Having a healthy, youthful glow is often achieved through the simplest means, such as the best skin care products combined with a healthy diet and lots of water.

Treat your face to a gentle, refreshing makeup removal process every night.

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