Coming home from a tiring day at work or a late night party, only to find out you have run out of your makeup removing wipes? We understand your frustration, but you should not… rather MUST NOT sleep with your face full of makeup. Because none of us want to wake up with regrets in the form of pimples and dry patches on our face in the morning.
Makeup wipes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Makeup wipes are one of the most convenient ways to clean makeup off of your face. They come with different formulations suited for different skin types; dry, oily, sensitive and normal. They are travel friendly and often claim to be the only skincare you need before hitting the bed.
Makeup wipes, though convenient, are not very environment friendly and produce a lot of waste. They are also not considered fully hygienic for the sensitive skin of your face and besides that constant pulling and scrubbing with a wipe on the face can damage and irritate the skin.
What most people don’t know is that makeup wipes only help remove makeup from the surface of the skin, it does not sink into the pores and crevices of your skin and thus proves to be severely comedogenic and unhygienic for the skin giving rise to multitude of skin problems like acne, comedones, psoriasis, eczema, fungal and bacterial diseases etc.
Cleansing Micellar Water: Micellar water is a holy grail of most makeup users, it removes makeup by easily dissolving makeup products even waterproof mascaras and smudge-proof liquid lipsticks. Simply drench a cotton pad in micellar water and swipe away all the makeup on your face.
Micellar water is available to suit all skin types and makeup preferences.
Oil: Oils are becoming increasingly famous after a mass myth-busting that applying oils makes your skin oily. Now everyone knows that oils not only gently moisturize the skin but also are great for removing makeup.
Most makeup products are oil based due to which oil acts as a solvent for makeup.
Pour a few drops on your hand, rub it between your palms and then massage all over your face. When the makeup is all dissolved in the oil, wipe the oil away and then cleanse/wash your face.
Coconut oil and olive oil are most commonly used for this purpose, they moisturise the skin too leaving it soft and supple.
Petroleum Jelly: Another way to remove makeup is with petroleum jelly. This highly hydrating jelly works well to dissolve makeup due to its oily nature, making it a good alternative in emergency situations to effectively remove makeup.
Cream cleanser/Moisturizer: Are you irritated by the stretchy and dry feeling after removing makeup? Cream based cleansers can help you out. Cream cleansers and moisturizers can be used for makeup removal, all you have to do is melt away your makeup by massaging the product on your face and then wiping it off clean.
Gel Cleansers: Gel cleansers are also a great alternative to makeup removal. They don’t excessively make the skin oily, but gently hydrate the skin while you slather the product into your skin to remove makeup. Don’t forget to wash up after.
Soap and Water: Lather it up! If you have absolutely nothing at home, you still can save your skin tonight by using good old soap and water. Though it might be tough to remove resistant makeup with soap, you can still take off most layers of makeup from your skin with soap, allowing it to breathe through the night.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are makeup wipes safe for sensitive skin?
Makeup wipes are good at removing makeup and are convenient, but they are not entirely safe for sensitive skin. They are rather unhygienic as they don’t remove makeup from pores and tend to pull and stretch the skin.
Do I need to wash my face after removing makeup?
Definitely! After makeup removal, there is still some debris mixed with the makeup removing product on your face hence washing your face after makeup removal is essential.
Can I use oil on my face if I have oily skin?
Yes you can! Oil is great for oily skins too as it does not make the skin further oily. Infact, most skins are oily because of over stripping of the face from its natural oils causing the skin to over produce its natural oil to compensate for the loss. So keep your face moisturised enough especially if it is oily.