Tip # 1.
Wash your face. Every day.
I know a good number of you do but I also know a good number of you don’t. Sleeping in your makeup (with products that are meant to just sit on top of your skin), doesn’t allow your skin to breathe and can clog pores causing breakouts. This is particularly important in the evenings because that is when skin is repairing and renewing itself, and if your skin is topped with leftover gunk and grime from the day, then you aren’t doing your skin any favors. I understand that on the odd occasion, it happens, nobody’s perfect. But if it can helped, spend the extra moment to do it. Your skin will thank you. And then you can thank your skin for being happy and glowy.
I also make sure I use an eye makeup remover as well in the evening before I use my cleanser because I always wear waterproof mascara (to keep the curl! – more on that in an upcoming blog). Even if you don’t use waterproof makeup, I would recommend using an eye makeup remover beforehand to gently take off your eye makeup so you reduce pulling and rubbing at the eyes and getting leftover globs of eye makeup in your eyes.
Here are some of my favorites:
Eye Makeup Removers:
Lancome Bi-Facil – A dual phase (meaning you have to shake it up!) eye makeup remover that takes off everything including waterproof makeup effectively. I also like MAC Gently Off eye makeup remover, which is similar, and I often switch between these two depending on what I have on hand.
MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover – If you don’t use waterproof mascara, this one is perfect for removing eye makeup as it is very effective, yet is soothing and refreshing. It is non-greasy and contains cucumber extract for hydration and calming sensitive skins. I really like to use this one to fix ‘mistakes’. It is perfect on a q-tip for precisely fixing spots or cleaning up eyebrows.
Shiseido Facial Cotton – I know what you’re thinking, what does this have to do with cleansers? Well I always use these to remove my eye makeup with as well as using it for toner. I know it may seem exorbitant, and I thought so too at first. But after I trying them some 10 years ago, I can never go back. These cotton pads are 100% cotton and so soft and gentle for the face. Because they are on the pricier side considering they are just cotton pads, I always cut or tear mine in half. I will use one half for my eyes and other half for toner. Cotton Pads in the drugstore often contain a lot of wood pulp which absorbs a lot of product. I use much less product when I use these (which will save you money in the long run).
MAC Cleanse Off Oil – I like to use this cleanser in the evening as it does a great job of washing off all of my makeup. I know it sounds strange to be washing your face with oil but it actually makes sense. Oil actually dissolves oil so it lifts off the dirt and impurities and dissolves makeup. And it washes off completely with water. There is no oily residue afterwards. Just clean skin. There are also some other great cleansing oils from other lines out there. Shu Uemura and DHC make some really nice ones.
Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel – I’ve been using this cleanser for 8 years. I like to use this one in the mornings. It is light and fresh and very gentle. It also has enzymes that gently exfoliate dead skin cells. I used to use this cleanser day and night before I started using the Cleanse Off Oil so it is very effective at removing makeup as well. But I do prefer the heavy-duty cleansing power of the Cleanse Off Oil in the evenings and alternately using something lighter in the mornings when I don’t have anything (other than my night cream and an evening’s worth of grime) to remove. This one goes into my hall of fame for sure. I don’t think I’ve used another product as long as I’ve used this (other than their night cream – more on that when we get to moisturizers!).
Philosophy Purity Made Simple – I tried this one before and I liked it. I just find that the ones I currently use (above) work for me best. But that might not be the case for you so I am recommending other options for you to consider. A LOT of people love this cleanser. It is gentle and effective and a cult favorite amongst many.
Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser – I like to use this one in the shower, especially after a morning yoga class (though I’m not sure what that has to do with anything, but it’s true) to help cleanse and exfoliate. A little goes a long way and it foams up and washes off perfectly. This cleanser is not meant for every day use as it contains Glycolic acid for exfoliation. This cleanser is a great alternative to the Cleansing oil if you prefer one that foams up instead.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser – I have to be honest, I have not tried this one before (although I plan to at some point!). But this one is a gel formula and is apparently quite gentle and is a number one seller at Sephora. Some people say that they don’t know what it is about this particular cleanser that they like so much but they just reach for it often. So if you’re feeling experimental, this one could be a good choice!
I am sure there are many other great ones out there. It just takes time and patience to find out what works for you.
These suggestions are a result of my own personal search to find out what is right for me and if it helps you in any way, then I am happy to share about it!