Beauty & Confidence: Beauty & Makeup Tips
Makeup Removal Doâ€™s and Donâ€™ts
By Kara Solarz for Beauty & Confidence
Letâ€™s face it: Most of us prefer applying makeup to taking it off. So that may explain why many women arenâ€™t removing their makeup correctly, which can lead to clogged pores and blemishes. To get the right technique — and score a glowing complexion — consider the following expert guide:
DONâ€™T go overboard. When it comes to your skin, more isnâ€™t always better. Beware of products that can dry out your skin, like harsh facial scrubs — especially if you have a sensitive complexion. Dana Elise, a Beverly Hills aesthetician with a bevy of celebrity clients, advises against using baby wipes, which arenâ€™t gentle enough for delicate faces. Instead, stick with makeup remover and tissues.
DO make it a habit. If your made-up face hits the pillow more than youâ€™d like to admit, set up a makeup removal station at your nightstand. It should include makeup removal pads or towels, although Elise recommends using them sparingly to avoid drying out your skin. Another smart staple: witch hazel, which acts as a refreshing astringent for oily to dry skin, and tissues to apply it.
DO go in order. First things first: Remove makeup from lips and eyes. Your eye makeup remover can do double duty on your lips, although petroleum jelly or olive oil and a tissue also work. Next, use a gentle cleanser to rinse off foundation and dirt. Finish with a moisturizing serum.
DONâ€™T choose any cleanser. Just like you pick your lip color based on your skin tone, you should match your makeup remover to your skin type. Take a cue from Elise: Opt for an oil- and alcohol-free product if you have oily or combination skin. Have a normal, sensitive or dry complexion? Pick a milk-based wash to keep your face baby soft.
DONâ€™T wash with hot water. Experts say that it can remove protective oils, which can dry out your skin. Instead, use cool or warm water to rinse your face.
DO use a headband. Elise recommends leaving this face-washing staple on overnight: It keeps hair off of your forehead, which can minimize breakouts.
Kara SolarzÂ is a web editor, copywriter, and avid but inflexible yogi whoâ€™s written for WhatToExpect.com, DailyGlow.com,Â CompletelyYou.com and ChaosÂ magazine. She frequently contributes to Beauty & Confidence