1. Removing makeup and cleaning the skin are two different steps. Use a cleansing oil or cleansing balm like DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($4.95-$26,dhccare.com) and a duo-phase eye makeup remover like Nars Eye Makeup Remover ($25, narscosmetics.com) if you wear heavy eye makeup or waterproof mascara, before you wash your face to breakdown makeup and excess oil. A one step cleanser like Philosophy Purity Made Simple ($10-$47, sephora.com) is a good option for when you’re in a rush – although a two-step cleansing routine is the most effective.
Why the extra step? Have you ever tried to clean up a greasy or oily pan using just water? It just isn’t effective. The simple principle is this – oil breaks down oil. Using a water soluble oil based cleanser or balm will break down the oil build-up, debris and makeup making it easy to wash away WITHOUT having to over strip your skin.
HOW TO: Cleansing oils and balms normally work best on dry skin. Use a sufficient amount of product and warm it in your hands. Massage over your face for about one minute, concentrating on your clogged or problem areas. Finish by sweeping the oil/balm over your eye area with gentle up and down motions (get under those lashes!) without rubbing the delicate eye area. Add warm water to emulsify oil or use a warm damp wash cloth to gently remove balm. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
When using a duo-phase EYE MAKEUP REMOVER, shake well, apply a good amount to a cotton pad -it should be uniformly damp, not soaking – and remove excess eye makeup using gentle up/down and side to side motions (get under lashes). Don’t rub. If you’re wearing stubborn mascara, hold the cotton pad to your lashes for a few seconds. You can also use eye makeup remover to take off long lasting lipstick.
…OR PROMISE YOU’LL AT LEAST DO THIS→: A “One Step” cleansing wipe like NEW Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($4.97 MSRP, drugstores) or Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes ($12, Sephora) will remove most of your makeup and cleanse the skin without having to use water. These are great for quick makeup changes or for late nights (or early mornings!).
Also try these Lovely Favorites: Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil ($11.99, webichi.com) and L’Oreal Clean Artiste Waterproof & Long Wearing Eye Makeup Remover ($6.49, drugstore.com).
Green Clean Choice: A dab of Organic Grapeseed Oil or Olive Oil will also effectively remove eye makeup. It leaves a bit of a film behind which conditions the lashes and delicate skin around the eyes.