Goooooooooooooooooooooooood morning world (or good night to those not in Europe 🙂 ) This next beauty post – as a follow-up to the previous one – will give you insight in to what I do at the end of the day, before drifting off to the land of slumber (more commonly known as la la land :)). To those of you just getting home from a night of partying, studying or whatever else you do on a Monday night, these tips will be just for you!
Make-up removal 101
This is a face mask. Not just any face mask…but my current favorite “masque“. The Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque to be exact. I use this once a week, and depending on your skin type, I recommend starting this routine as well (plus/minus two or more times). But let’s not go in to the nitty-gritty details of why you should be considering investing in a mask just yet.
(You will find more about why you should use this, and various other products in my soon to be posted, regular beauty segment on important, must-have beauty essentials for glowing skin.)
Now, how many of you come home after a long work/school/totally awesome activity day and just want to eat, drink and be merry until you pass out on the couch, while reading a book in bed, or – like me – while watching the latest episode of Men at Work? Did we think to remove the make-up we were wearing all day? …nope, we’ll do that in the morning – if at all – before applying a new layer.
Soooooo, if so many women all over the world go to bed with their make-up still on, it has to be ok, right? WRONG! And I will tell you why…:
I admit, I’ve also been the culprit of a little voice telling me I could go to bed earlier, if I skip the whole make-up-removal process. But honestly, do I win that much more extra sleep? Not if I end up staying up anyways, watching “just one more episode of (fill in your favorite show here), and then I’ll call it quits”. And not only do I not profit from any extra sleep, but by not removing the gunk on my face, I put my skin in danger of..dun dun DUUUUUUUUUUN…ZITS!
Yup, you heard me. By skipping something as simple as spending five minutes on skin care, you might wake up with not only smudged eyeliner and possibly a smear of colour on your pillow case, no, you might also be greeted by a puffy, puss filled form of acne when you check out your morning reflection in the mirror…
But never fear, for I am here, and offer you short and simple way of preventing this disaster.
For the lazy/efficient/time-pressed people: Face Wipes
Face wipes are a wonderful invention, with each individual wipe soaked in just enough product, to get basic make-up off your skin. I am currently using Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing Wipes, but have also had great results from brands like Bebe Young Care and Nivea Naturals. (Note: Wipes are effective when it comes to foundation, eyeshadow, and eyeliner-removal, but for mascara you will need eye make-up remover (see below)).
For non-wipers (+ for mascara removal): Facial Cleanser and Eye Make-up Remover
Although skin cleansers come in many shapes and sizes, they all haveone thing in common is: they do a more thorough, and much-needed job of freeing up your skin pores. This is vital because your pores are clogged by regular make-up usage, resulting in a build up of the pore-produced oil called Sebum (our body’s natural skin protector), which then causes a zit-outbreak (Releeease the Craaacken..tihi this somehow just fit 🙂 ). To successfully remove pore-cloggers, apply cleanser to a cotton pad and swipe over face (if using the Kiehl’s product, apply directly to face in circular motion, and wipe off with cotton pad). Follow by washing face with water, and applying toner (my all-time favorite for evening skin care is by Dr. Haushka, see below.)
For more extreme eye-make up (think glitter, mascara, liquid eye-liner) you should additionally use an Eye Make-Up Remover. Shake the product well before using, and soak a cotton pad. Place cotton pad on eye and press slightly. Then swipe the make-up off (gently!) and follow by washing face with water.
After make-up removal: Toner and Under-Eye Skin Care
After either make-up removal process, you should use a toner. This helps sooth the skin after cleansing (more details will be in the before mentioned, soon to be posted, must-have products article). Also, I recommend using a good quality Under-Eye cream, as the skin under your eyes tends to be a bit thinner and more fragile (i.e. wrinkle prone) and needs extra hydration.
Happy cleansing! 🙂
p.s. I dedicate this post on skin care how to’s to my bestest friend in the whole world, because if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be using much more than a cleanser and a moisturizer, and wouldn’t know about many of these products (which come to think of it, might be the reason why I used to have more money in my bank account 😉 ).
Question of the day: Do you remove your make-up? If yes, what is your favorite method?