I think I spent a solid six months or so of my “tween” years going to bed with makeup on. If I could slap myself with a package of makeup remover towelettes back then, I would. Little did I know I my skin was aging, simply by lack of swiping a cloth or cold cream across my face.
“Your skin will age faster if you keep makeup on while you sleep. The skin replenishes and repairs itself during the night,” says Michele Marcelo, makeup artist at David Rios Salon & Spa. Needless to say, I will never ever go to bed with makeup on.
So how do you properly remove makeup without getting gook in your eyes and shedding any precious lashes? Marcelo breaks down the step-by-step process: “Use a cotton pad (I like to use quilted cotton rounds) and place over a closed eye; hold in place for a moment, then swipe toward the nose and go back and forth over the lid to catch the mascara first and then lift off, turn over the pad and repeat using the same technique.”
Shopping for makeup remover doesn’t have to be a high-end purchase, but it does need to be the best fit for your skin type. “If you have sensitive skin, go with a labeled sensitive product that is mild and gentle on skin,” says Marcelo. If you’re always on-the-go, makeup wipes are easy to use and travel with. “The formula is saturated in the cloth and if you’re mascara is waterproof, it gets the job done right from the beginning,” she adds.
For Marcelo, Lancôme’s Bi- Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover and Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes are a favorite of hers. I’m a huge fan of makeup remover towelettes including Yes to Carrots and Olay Clean & Mild. In the morning, I religiously cleanse my skin with Alchimie Forever Gentle Cream Cleanser.