Every woman knows the feeling of coming home from a late night and trudging to the bathroom to wash her face before bed (maybe that’s a generous assumption, but I know I always try to). That’s when you slide open your drawer and lock eyes with the temptress herself: the pack of lavender-scented makeup remover wipes.
Ah, makeup wipes. They look so innocent in their pastel packaging, with an unassuming, gentle fragrance like chamomile. The silent, soapy savior of a tired night’s greasy face, right? Wrong. So very wrong.
A makeup wipe is, in essence, a thin cloth soaked in alcohol — that’s how it removes your makeup. So, while alcohol may have been a primary component in the events that led up to this tired, groggy moment, I assure you: You want to leave the alcohol out of your skincare routine.
There are two major issues with makeup wipes that exacerbate current skin problems and create new ones:
Instead, I suggest using an oil-based cleanser. For those of you with skin issues, I’m sure you’re skeptical. Did I just suggest using an OIL on your face?
Certain oils are incredibly beneficial for your skin and actually restore the natural moisture barrier that is so vital for healthy skin to carry out its life functions properly. You could legitimately rub olive oil (or coconut oil) on your makeup-laden face, and it would dissolve all of the foundation, mascara and your OWN oils in 10 seconds flat.
Oil cleansing has become trendier in the past six months as people began accepting that harsh sulfates weren't a natural way to cleanse your skin (after all, using soap on your face is a practice that was adopted late in the 19th century; people had to use more natural substances before the invention of "face wash").
I wouldn’t suggest leaving this oil on your face for any extended period of time, but washing it off with a gentle cleanser (like the CeraVe cleanser mentioned in my last post) will leave your skin surprisingly smooth and fresh. There are also certain oils you’d want to avoid, because they’re more likely to clog your pores (grapeseed oil is one of these).
I really love the Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil. It’s a little pricey ($16 for a 6.0 fl. oz.), but still relatively cheap compared to department store options, like the Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil ($32 for the same amount).
It’s a little extra work, but it’s a small change for impressive results. And unlike makeup wipes, if you're REALLY that tired, you could abandon the bathroom after this step and go to sleep without moisturizer or additional cleansing, and not be much worse off. Give it a try, and let me know how it works for you!
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