Cleansing 101 for Make-Up Wearers

The 101:  No matter which skin type you have; whether it’s oily, dehydrated, young or mature… if you wear make-up then you must use a Cream or Oil based cleanser to thoroughly remove your make-up.

  Using a ‘like-for-like’ action, these types of cleansers are made to break down your make-up. The surfactants in the formulation will actually seek and trap oil and debris on your skin and encapsulate it in a water bubble that will simply rinse away with no chance of sticking to the skin.

  Cream and Oil based cleansers are the most effective at removing stubborn makeup but still gentle and non-irritating on the skin so that even though you’ve had to give your skin a good going over to remove all that make-up; your skin won’t be angry and sensitised.

  Most importantly, when you have been wearing make-up, I recommend you also do a second cleanse using a cleanser specific to your skin type in order to prep your skin for the application of your skin actives, like AHA’s, vitamins and anti-aging peptides.

  The How to:  When removing makeup, it’s best to use cream or oil cleansers on a dry skin.  Don’t pre-wet your skin or your hands.  Just go ahead and apply directly to your face with dry hands and massage all over in small circular movements to emulsify the make-up.  Make sure to get into those nooks and crannies, like the folds of your nose, your chin and even in amongst your eyebrow hair and over your eyes if your particular cleanse allows for this.

  If you have been wearing a lot of thick make-up, I suggest you firstly wipe away the cleanser and make-up with a facial cloth or tissue and then rinse with tepid water (use a soft cotton round to remove make-up and cleanser from the eyelids and around the eyes).   This two step rinse will ensure perfect removal.  However, if you have been wearing a light application of make-up then skipping straight to the rinsing stage is perfectly fine.

  Pro-tip:... Be sure to rinse with tepid water.  Do not use hot water or icy cold water as extreme temperatures can cause broken capillaries.  Also, check out the following blogs to learn how to best cleanse for your specific skin type.