How to Remove Your Makeup and Not Destroy Your Face

Part of wearing makeup is having to take it off. Over the years, there have been a number of ways in which people have suggested to do this. There have been a number of products and cleansers that have been designed for this very thing. However, before you go and spend a bunch of money, it’s smart to know what kinds of care to provide your skin. To remove make up appropriately, you need to know what kind of cleansing products is going to work well with your skin type.

First things first… Pre-wash

Yes! Pre-washing is essential to truly getting your makeup off. Experts agree that before you tackle your mascara, foundation or lipstick that you need to actually clean your face before you clean your face. This is because when you do a prewash, with just a simple water flush. This helps to get loose particles of makeup removed and allows you to not mix it up with your facewash on the next step. Water is a great option for this step, however if you want to make sure that your face is totally in the clear, then you may also want to consider a cleansing oil like Makeup Breakup Cool Oil by Boscia or Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil by Clinique. These oils work well for normal to dry skin. For oily skin, consider cleansing wipes. They are ideal for helping to reduce acne as well. Most major makeup and cleaning brands have towelettes including Biore and Neutrogena.

Scrub or not to scrub?

Avoid a heavy hand when removing makeup, especially around the lips and eyes. Once you have prepped your face with a pre-wash then you are ready to actually wash your face. Choose a cleanser that works well with your skin type. If you aren’t sure, here are a few suggestions.

  • NormalYour skin is easy to find a cleanser for but you also want to watch out for causing a problem by choosing the wrong cleanser. Stick for foaming or gel cleansers such as those by Neutrogena or creams such as Noxema. These will be harsh enough to get your face truly clean, but also will condition your skin so that it does not dry out.
  • DryFor dry skin, stick with oil and cream cleansers that include additional conditioning. Clinique has a beauty line that is excellent for dry skin, as does Sephora and MAC. You need not use super expensive products, but often if you have a combination of dry and oily or dry with acne, you may need to. An inexpensive must-have for this skin type is the Dove Beauty Bar. It’s not really a bar soap, rather it is a moisturizer and cleanser in bar form. It makes a difference because it won’t dry out your skin like bar soap will, which is basically in all other cases one of the worst things that you can do for your skin.
  • OilyFoaming cleansers and bar soaps can both be ideal choices, because while they normally dry out the skin… this isn’t always a bad thing on oilier skin types. Dove’s Beauty Bar  is a good choice as well if you have combination skin that is dry in some areas and oily in others. Cleansing balms can help for stubborn makeup and can be used during both the wash and pre-wash stages.

Start the Washing


Washing your face and removing makeup is an easy enough process once you have the right tools in place to do the job well.

  1. Splash warm water on your face. Using warm water helps to open your pores.
  2. Lather the cleanser of your choice and apply based on the directions on the label.
  3. Rub your cleanser in your face in quick upward circular motions. This will help to create an good later to remove makeup and debris and also invigorate your skin as it brings blood to the surface.
  4. Rinse off cleanser using cool water. The colder water will cinch up your pores, keeping it from anything sneaking in them and clogging them.
  5. Pat dry your face. Do not rub your face in the towel as this can cause dry skin, acne and friction on your delicate facial skin.

If you have any additional makeup left on your face, grab a moist facial towelette, if you have some and wipe off additional areas. For oily makeup that is having a hard time coming off, then placing a warm damp washcloth on your face in the area for a moment and then gently rubbing can help to get it off. However, for thick evening makeup, oil based or theater make up, you may have to wash your face multiple times to completely remove any excess.

Saving Face

Skin care cream

The final step, and it is optional but recommended. Apply a bit of moisturizer to your face. Olay Regenerist is an evening option that is excellent to add around the eyes and any wrinkle areas. If you prefer a standard moisturizer that can be used on the entire body, consider Cerave. There are a number of evening creams on the market that can help to repair your skin overnight while you sleep as well.

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