I wear A LOT of makeup. I mean primer, foundation, concealer, pressed powder, lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, the whole shebang. Every day, everywhere: to work, to the grocery store, to the mailbox, need I continue on? And because I wear so much, it becomes super important, especially in the interest of getting and maintaining healthy skin to make sure that I'm effectively taking it off every night. Blocked pores and acne aren't a good look on anybody! And just like I have a routine in applying it, I have my routine for removing it and it involves a trifecta of products I couldn't live without.
I start by using an eye makeup remover (notice everything I use is specifically oil free as we know my issue with acne) to gently remove makeup without having to pull or scrub or tug at my eyes; they are after all, the first place to show age. This one by Neutrogena even removes waterproof mascara with ease which is a big part of why I love it. Then I remove my lipstick or lip gloss with an oldie but goodie: good old fashioned baby wipes (trick I learned at the MAC Counter). And I don't bother with the expensive kind either. As you can see, these ones come from Family Dollar. They work perfectly to completely remove the color, are obviously super gentle since they're intended for babies and only cost $1.79! Finally I finish up with these Neutrogena cleansing wipes that have an amazingly addictive fresh grapefruit scent!
I know it seems like a lot of work, especially since all of this is before I even think about washing my face, but trust me, all those experts are correct in saying that sleeping in makeup is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. I'm speaking from experience here. Your skin needs time off to breathe to be at it's best and how else do you expect all of those creams and magic potions that we buy for our faces to work if they never get a chance to reach your skin? Makeup is great, but there's nothing like having beautiful luminous skin of your own underneath it all. With a payoff of a flawless complexion, it's worth the effort!