The end of the day is here, your exhausted and are contemplating how to get the makeup off? A few choices are wiping with makeup remover wipes, washing with soap and water, double cleansing or just doing your face in the morning! Personally in my lifetime I can confess to using all these methods but defiantly know better now. Today I am going to breakdown each option allowing you to make the right decision for you!
Skin Night Washing and Wash in the Morning!
Yes, I had to start with the worst option! All day long our face is exposed to dust, dirt, environment pollutants, skin care products and makeup just to name a few. Leaving all of those factors on the skin overnight can result in clogged pores, product buildup and unhealthy skin. Overtime clogged pores lead to blackheads, acne and visibly larger pores. While sleeping bacteria and makeup transfer to sheets and pillowcases turning your bed into a bacteria breading ground. Every night you get back into the bed that has bacteria and makeup from the night before ready to transfer onto your face leaving you with an endless exposure to bacteria. To read more about how sheets causing acne check out my blog post here.
Makeup Remover Wipes!
Not only are these a single use item filling the landfills and oceans, but most all of them are filled with harsh ingredients such alcohol, high levels of fragrances & formaldehyde that can burn, irritate or even strip the protective layer of skin. This disruption result in higher oil production bring acne and oily skin. If that wasn't enough these wipes are created to loosen makeup, dirt and dead skin using sulfates. To read more about what sulfates and paraben are check out my blog post here.
I understand life and totally get sometimes makeup remover wipes are the only option. When shopping for a clean option look for biodegradable material, no fragrance or alcohol and contains safe, skin nourishing ingredients. These are a few clean options I have found:
Ingredients: Aloe Vera Juice, Glycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) (&) Maltodextrin, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recucita Matricaria (Chamomile) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid
Ingredients: Agua, Miel, Sorbitan Laurate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil), Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate, Dilauryl Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, water/aqua/eau, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf/flower water, salix nigra (willow) bark extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) pulp water*, glycerin*, sodium hyaluronate, levulinic acid, sodium levulinate, vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) fruit/leaf extract, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract, oryza sativa (rice) seed extract*, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract*, betula alba (birch) sap, lactobacillus/arundinaria gigantea (bamboo) ferment filtrate, caprylyl/capryl wheat bran/straw glycosides, fusel wheat bran/straw glycosides, polyglyceryl-5 oleate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, glyceryl caprylate, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, pseudotsuga menziesii (fir) needle oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil*, boswellia carterii (frankincense) resin extract, leuconostoc ferment filtrate, propanediol, soybean peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, citric acid, potassium sorbate, alcohol, linalool, citronellol, geraniol, limonene
Washing your face with soap and water is not enough to remover everything that needs to be removed such as makeup, dirt, oils, skin care products, spf and more. When wearing makeup think of washing with soap and water once as loosing up and spreading makeup, dirt and everything over face and neck and not washing away it all. This will result in product build up, clogged pores, acne and unhappy skin. I highly recommend giving a double cleanse a try!
Double cleansing is the method of cleaning once with an oil cleanser to loosens up the layer of makeup, dirt, product rinse with warm wash rag and then follow up by washing with facial cleanser. Cleansing with oil may be scary at first but trust me your skin will be forever changed, in a good way! Unfortunately there are so many oil cleanser options and not all of them are effective at removing makeup or agreeing with my acne prone skin. Thankfully The Detox Market Offers a sample kit where you select 3 samples of your choosing and it only cost $7.99 before tax and shipping. This is the best option for a few reasons, first it allows you to try products that are in your budget, secondly you can choose any samples they offer, third the size of the sample is enough to see if it will cause breakouts, irritation or just not work saving money and product waste. I tried the following cleansing oils and balms ranking from best to worst:
- Mahalo Cleanser Melt removed makeup even from my eyes without any tugging, provided my skin with moisture and caused no breakouts. Comes in a bit pricey at $70 but its worth every penny!
- Mad Hippie Oil Cleanser removed makeup from my face easily but didn't remove all my mascara when using W3ll People, did provide my skin with moisture and caused no breakouts. Comes in at $17.99 perfect for a tight budget! This cleanser also help my face with congested pores, clearing a spot on my face I had for a month.
- One Love Botanicals Botanical B Enzyme didn't do a very good job at removing makeup and unfortunately it cause my skin to breakout. Comes in at $42
- Maya Chia was a big disappointment, it really didn't do much in the sense of removing makeup and my skin was very unhappy afterwards. I did have a few breakouts and would not purchase for my skin. Comes in at $48
How To Double Cleanse
- Start with clean hands! Pump about a dime size of oil cleanser or balm into the palm of hand and rub between hands.
- Apply hands to dry face and massage into face and neck working in circular motion for two minutes.
- Using a clean wash rag press a damp rag onto face and gently wipe face and neck. Rinse rag and wipe one more time.
- Grab your favorite facial cleanser and pump a dime size into your fingertips
- Begin working in a circular motion in and outward for one minute.
- Rinse with warm wash rag and continue your skin care routine. Read more about a full skin care routine on my blog here.