Cleansing gadgets, moisturizers, concentrates, facials: the beauty industry has educated men and women on the importance of skincare to maintain a smooth, fresh complexion. While many of us have picked up on these crucial steps, it seems that some of us have bypassed a foundational concept: makeup removal! How can you walk before you crawl? If the skin is not thoroughly cleansed of all makeup and dirt, it is not going to reap the benefits of any product you invest time in applying, and money buying.
As we sleep, our skin cells are renewing and rebuilding. If the pores are clogged with makeup and dirt from the hustle and bustle of the day, optimal results from skin care products cannot be expected simply because they cannot be absorbed. This is part of the reason why there are clients that use pricey serums and moisturizers, yet fail to achieve their desired results. Stop throwing away money! Make the most of your products by learning the basics of makeup removal. Your skin (and your pockets) will thank you!
Eye Makeup Remover:
Everyday that you wear eye makeup, from mascara to eyeliner and everything in between, it is important to use an eye makeup remover. These removers are designed specifically for heavy duty makeup, but are safe and gentle enough to use around the delicate eye area. It is a difficult balance to strike, but if you try Lancome’s popular Bi-Facil, I think you will agree that it gets the job done without being harsh on the skin.
Soak a cotton ball or cotton pad in the remover and let it rest on top of your closed eyes. This allows some time for the remover to break down the mascara so that it will easily slide off without any pulling or tugging at the lashes. After it has rested there for 1-2 minutes, slowly massage the eye area, wiping away as much pigment as possible. Repeat as many times as necessary, or until you have removed all makeup around the eye area. Remember: the less you pull at the skin, the better!
After the majority of your eye makeup is removed, it is time to wash the skin of foundation, powder, bronzer, dirt, oil, etc. Find a cleanser that best suits your skin’s current needs. Foaming cleansers are generally best for clients who have combination to oily skin. Creamy cleansers or cleansing balms are usually targeted for those who are more dehydrated. I often change my cleanser from season to season, so make sure what you are currently using is best for your skin now. The ultimate goal is to remove as much makeup as possible without stripping the skin (both oily, dry and combination) of its natural oils.
Toner is a step in a complete skin care regimen that is often overlooked. Not only will toner restore your skin’s PH balance and shrink the appearance of pores, but it will also guarantee that no oil, dirt, or makeup is left behind. This is one of the best ways to put your cleanser to the test. If you see remnants of anything other than the toner itself on the cotton pad, chances are you need a stronger cleanser!
(Side note: Some toners may be applied by splashing onto the face; however, I prefer to use cotton pads in order to keep the product on my face instead of down the drain!)
Let’s be realistic. We have all had those nights when an intense makeup removal regimen seems easier than a hike up Mount Kilimanjaro. I like to keep a tissue off cleanser or package of makeup wipes by my bed, for times like these. It is not as thorough as the steps above, but it is much better than sleeping in a full face of makeup! That takes the term “beauty sleep” to another level! Just like anything else, it takes 21 days to break a bad habit. Do not beat yourself up over one full-faced slumber. Tomorrow is a new day.