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Us women are like snowflakes, each one unique so it wouldn’t be a surprise that we all have specific and individual needs for the nighttime ritual of taking off makeup.
We love to wear makeup and how it makes us feel but I doubt there is anyone thrilled with the thought of the mini battle to get it off at the end of the day.
But this end of the day battle can become a self-care ritual we can look forward to if we find the right product to assist us. Makeup removal is often neglected but is necessary.
Leaving on remnants of the day’s makeup can cause:
Harsh chemicals or preservatives can cause reactions to sensitive skin types. This is why it is so important to educate yourself on your options so that you can go to bed with a clean face which will lead to healthy skin.
The importance of makeup removal cannot be emphasized enough.
Removing makeup and daily debris will help your skin to:
Many women try to skip the process of removing makeup and may just put their nighttime treatment or cream on over the day’s wear and makeup residue.
This just wastes the product as it will not be able to perform its function on top of a layer of facial pollution.
Makeup removers can be as hard as shopping for bras, bikinis, or jeans. We are picky about how oily, drying, irritating they are. We could almost do a personality test with all the types of removers.
Our younger or oil-prone sisters may like a water-based remover to avoid breakouts. Our busy career-based sisters might like the convenience of towelettes.
Our eco-friendly sisters might not like the excess waste of throwing out the towelettes or cotton pads and want something washable and reusable. While our dry and mature skin sisters would like something more oil-based or moisturizing, especially for the eye area.
Then we have to take care of our sensitive sisters with a product that is nonirritating.
Self-care is often forgotten about in these days of rushing around with career, marriage, and kids. When are we supposed to take care of us? We go out with our "face" on but is it healthy to keep it on?
Going to bed with remnants of makeup from our day is not self-care of ourselves and can prematurely age us. We don't need a complex nighttime routine to go to bed with a clean face.
Just as coffee or tea in the morning can be a self-loving ritual to start the day, our makeup removal can be a self-care ritual to end our day on a loving note even with a gentle massage and some loving words to ourselves in the mirror.
Because each woman is different, it is important to learn about the products available to use so that we can maybe find a twinge of excitement about the day end makeup removal.
Here we are going to give you some examples of different types of the best makeup removers so that you can find your best option to change this chore into something you will look forward to each night.
We choose do-it-yourself (DIY) options for several reasons. We may want something that is more affordable and available right there in our kitchen.
Or maybe we want an all-natural option for the best way to remove eye makeup for sensitive skin. There are so many products out on the market that you cannot even pronounce the ingredients.
Many contain chemicals and preservatives that are better in the bottle than on our face.
From something as easy as a natural oil such as coconut oil, almond oil, etc. alone to remove makeup or to recipes that we can customize to our liking with ingredients such as essential oils, we can make a formula to remove the day’s makeup naturally and with no guilt.
Witch Hazel and honey are simple and gentle DIY makeup removers. Wellness Mama has DIY several recipes including these that you can also add yummy ingredients such as rose water and aloe vera plus many more!
Not one for making a mess in your kitchen concocting your favorite all-natural makeup remover? There are lots of options for you on the market.
Conscious Coconut is a favorite because it is an all-in-one product. You can use it on your hair, hands, face, even in cooking. Now that’s ALL natural!
They use fair-trade organic coconut oil and they are packaged by adults with developmental disabilities at the Macdonald Training Center in the USA.
Also for each product sold they donate a meal to a child in need through Feeding America. LOVE that.
Thayer’s, a well-known all-natural company since 1847, has an option with aloe and witch hazel if you do not want to create your own. They have a spray as well as, towelettes that come in yummy scents of rose petals, lavender, and cucumber. Their products are alcohol-free and cruelty-free.
Check out the Byrdie blog for more on the market and all-natural makeup removers and skin care.
When you want a cruelty-free regimen, time to look for the ever-growing market for vegan products. Alba products are botanically-based and 100% vegetarian. They have a wonderful marine complex formula that helps with cell regeneration!
This makes it ideal for sensitive skin and fragile eye areas. Not only does it easily make mascara and eyeliner disappear, but it is a skin treatment, too, giving you the benefits of sea algae and aloe vera juice.
If you want a travel-friendly version, try Yes To’s Cucumber Eye Makeup Remover Pads or Cucumber Makeup Wipes. Made with a base of cucumbers and aloe, these are gentle, refreshing and hydrating for the eye area. The wipes are also certified vegan!!
The scent will remind you of lost summer days. A great way to dissolve makeup after a long day with just a swipe of the pad then throw it away!
We are totally infatuated with Urban Oreganics a botanical apothecary with handcrafted, organic vegan, 100% natural products and recyclable packaging.
Their Instagram account is DIVINE and all their products make you want to eat them! Check out their makeup remover below made with aloe vera juice and witch hazel.
We see them daily on billboards and in high fashion magazines. They are easy to come across walking through major department stores or finding online.
Sephora has a great option if you want to strengthen your lashes as well as dissolve the day away. Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is great for contact lens wearers too.
The flavonoids and olive wood extracts leave the skin hydrated and help with lash growth by preventing breakage!
Dior has a great product for dry skin. Dior Hydra Life Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser begins as oil but with the addition of water becomes a cleansing face wash.
It emulsifies makeup residue for it to be rinsed away with ease. Its formula is similar to a milk bath for dry faces.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are the perfect makeup remover wipe! Just swish over your face to remove the day’s impurities.
They are convenient for on-the-go since you do not need water and they are a great economical choice. They are a fav of Huda Beauty.
Lancôme’s famous Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover is an excellent oil-free makeup remover. It has been well known for decades and is a favorite amongst many.
For more name brand options check out Cosmo’s blog on the best makeup removers.
Allure describes micellar water as “a combination of purified water; hydrating ingredients, such as glycerin; and low combinations of extremely mild surfactants, according to the cosmetic chemist Joseph Cinotta.”
Micellar water contains micelles, minuscule oil molecules suspended in soft water. The molecules in this popular product act as a magnet for impurities, oil, and makeup residue.
Models, actresses, celebrities are familiar and rave about this formula that has been popular in France for quite some time. It is light-weight and looks and feels like regular water. Check here how to make a DIY version.
All of the above are great. We have mentioned DIY, all natural, vegan, well-renown products and now what else could top those? What if you didn't need a product and could just water?
Introducing the Kiki & Josie Makeup Remover Glove.
This reusable and chemical-free glove design only needs water to remove even waterproof makeup which makes it the best makeup remover for sensitive skin! How convenient!
You can always find water from the tap to Evian and it's one less step of using a product. Made with advanced microfiber technology, this glove removes makeup while gently exfoliating.
The glove design is fun and convenient to use, more comfortable than using a traditional washcloth or towelette. Plus, the different glove designs are adorable and make for an amazing gift.
They are simple to clean, just throw them in the washing machine once a week and they can last up to 3-5 years! And if you like to use your favorite product to take away the day’s residue, these gloves can be used with your beloved facial cleanser too!
And for our traveling sisters, less to carry with you through the airports. No need to check the airline website to see how many ounces of liquid you are allowed to carry on.
Its lightweight and easy to store to bring with you to the airplane bathroom to refresh in that drying environment of 10,000 feet. Or just ask the handsome steward for some mineral water and rejuvenate from your seat.
Need to freshen your makeup between events during the day or between day and night plans?
The glove is perfect. Just a mirror and some water and you can have a clean palette quickly to re-apply your makeup because we all know fresh makeup is better than another reapplied layer.
You can do this from the car or the office bathroom. No need to carry an extra bottle of liquid in your already too heavy handbag!
Super for our gym going sisters too. Just whip out the glove before your workout to remove makeup and sludge from your face so that during your workout routine you do not add more impurities to the sweat you will accumulate.
Then after, just wipe down once more and be sweat-free to reapply makeup or just be fresh-faced!
It is the perfect makeup eraser.
And it is not just for makeup removal. With its microfiber design, teens and men can use it to exfoliate and cleanse their mugs too!
Perfect for teens who may need a gentle exfoliation to clean acne-prone skin without irritating it more.
By the way, what the heck is microfiber technology? I think it is best to quote Kiki & Josie’s site,
“The fibers in our makeup remover glove are made with advanced micro-technology. They are 30 times thinner than cotton fiber and up to 100 times thinner than a human hair! These tiny loops manage to break the surface tension that binds oil and makeup to the skin's surface, gently hooking the oil and removing debris.
All you need to do is add water 💦 to the glove and let the fibers hook the dirt/makeup from the pores.”
The Makeup Remover Glove is a great alternative to face cloths, which harbor bacteria and cotton pads which can contain irritating silicone/wood fibers. Not to mention makeup wipes which are made with chemicals harmful to the skin.
Makeup removal can be converted from a chore to a loving self-care ritual with ease. We need to make more time for self-care. Skincare is essential to anti-aging and stress relief.
An added massage or extra face splashes can help us to relax or to rejuvenate to reset during the day or before bedtime.
By educating ourselves about brands, types, and options, it is easy to find the best way to remove makeup. Not taking off your makeup at night can be detrimental to your self-care skin-care.
With a life of running around so much, a short and necessary routine at night removing makeup can be your time to focus on yourself.
We hope that you enjoyed this article and that you will now be able to find your best face makeup remover with ease.
Now it’s your turn...which is your favorite? Which do you already use? Which ones do you want to try? Are there any favs we missed? Let us know in the comments below.