How to Remove Makeup Properly

Not removing your makeup properly can lead to breakouts, puffiness around your eyes and fine lines – in short: it’s bad for your skin. Here’s how to take off your beauty products the correct way, and get a healthier complexion while you’re at it!

Invest in a cleanser that doubles-up as a makeup remover (some are better than others). Then work the cleanser into your skin, massaging off your makeup with your hands or with a muslin cloth. If you’re wearing a lot of makeup you should double-cleanse. Once will remove the makeup and the second time will clean the skin. Don’t forget to work the product into your neck to get rid of any foundation that’s sitting there. You can even incorporate a cleansing device into your makeup removal routine that will catch makeup and dirt that’s sitting deep into your pores. A cleansing device also has the added benefit of giving you a clearer, more radiant complexion – what’s not to like? Conclude your cleansing routine with a toner to remove the last residue of makeup – you’ll be able to see if the cotton pad is still collecting makeup or not.

Use your normal makeup remover to blot away oil – don’t tug or rub too hard, as this will damage your lips. Follow by applying a layer of Tender Care to your lips and let it sit for three minutes. Then dampen a cloth with warm water and wipe away your lip colour, rinsing your face afterwards and leaving your lips to dry. Apply another coat of Tender Care to keep lips hydrated.

Invest in a good waterproof eye makeup remover, and apply it to a cotton ball, holding it against your eye for ten seconds. This will give the product time to dissolve your eye makeup. Wipe away and repeat. Make sure you don’t pull at your eyes as this can lead to redness, fine lines and eyelash loss. Repeat the step on the underside of your lashes too and use a cotton swab to reach your lash line and get at those last bits of mascara.

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