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How To Remove Your Makeup Properly

How To Remove Your Makeup Properly

Leaving your makeup on overnight or not removing it properly can have serious effects on your skin. It can have the following impacts on your skin:

  • Dead skin and debris are not removed but stay on the skin, clog the pores and cause breakouts.
  • Makeup also prevents skin cell renewal, leaving old skin cells on the surface and dulling its complexion.
  • Makeup gets trapped on the skin, causing it to prematurely age.
  • It can also cause redness, irritation, and dryness
  • Makeup prevents your overnight skin care products from working effectively.

It is thus important to remove all of your makeup before going to bed. However, are you really taking your makeup off properly? Some of the wrong ways to remove makeup include:

  • Not using a cleanser - Not using a cleanser or even using the wrong cleanser does not get all of your makeup off. You need to use a cleanser that suits your skin type to remove all makeup, and don’t just use water.
  • Scrubbing the face - Scrubbing the face to try to remove makeup will damage your skin and worsen existing conditions. Apply gentle pressure when washing and avoid any vigorous scrubbing, even in stubborn areas.
  • Using harsh soaps - Using harsh soaps will damage your skin and dry it out. Use a gentle foam cleanser instead.
  • Just using wipes - We’re all guilty of it - but just using wipes on your face will not remove all makeup, you need to wash with water and cleanse your face too.

So how do we remove our makeup properly?

1. Firstly, use a wipe to dissolve the makeup on your face, but don’t scrub. Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes dissolve makeup, mascara, lipstick, sunscreen and dirt, whilst aloe and apricot kernel oil help soothe, calm and nourish the skin.

2. Next, use an eye makeup remover to get makeup off the eyes. Apply a small amount of remover to a cotton pad and gently massage over the area before rinsing. Dermalogica Soothing Eye Makeup Remover should do the trick to remove stubborn mascara and lipstick, and won’t irritate the eyes.

3. Then, use a pre cleanser. Make sure you use one that suits your skin type. Try Dermalogica Precleanse, which contains cleansing oils to dissolve makeup and remove debris from pores. Although it may seem surprising that this cleanser contains oil, oils actually help melt oily makeup, and this one prevents oily skin and the overproduction of sebum without leaving a greasy residue or drying the skin out. Massage over dry face to dissolve oil and dirt, concentrating on areas of congestion. Wet hands to create a milky emulsion and rinse.

4. Finally, use a gentle cleanser, making sure to wash every area covered by makeup, including the neck and hairline. Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel is designed to remove impurities without altering moisture levels. It’s soap free so won’t damage the skin or remove moisture, but instead soothe and calm. Lather gel in moist hands and apply to damp face and throat before rinsing. This will leave your skin feeling super clean, as all toxins and debris have been removed.


I hope you see a difference in your skin’s tone and texture. By following these steps and properly removing all makeup, your skin should feel clean and fresh, removed of impurities and dirt.


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