Ask a Beauty Editor: What Is the Best Way to Remove Makeup Without Aging Your Skin?
Ever wanted to pick the brain of a beauty editor? Or get beauty product recommendations from someone who has tried them all? You've come to the right place. In our weekly series, Ask a Beauty Editor, beauty editor Hana Hong answers your biggest skincare, haircare, and makeup questions, all submitted by Real Simple readers.
What's the best way to remove makeup without damaging your skin? - @hiitskali
Makeup removal definitely isn't the most fun part of your beauty routine, especially when it's late and you're tired, but I'm glad that you're wanting to do it right. While it's tempting to cut corners (been there, done that), improper makeup removal—or worse, not removing at all—is one of the worst things you can do for your face when it comes to aging, acne, and overall skin health.
To better understand how you should be removing makeup, it's more helpful to know what you should not be doing first. See below for the five most egregious makeup removing sins—and why you shouldn't be committing them.
5 Makeup-Removing Mistakes
The Right Way to Remove Makeup
Now that you're familiar with what not to do, let's talk about the right approach. There are multiple ways you could go about this, but no matter what product type you use, it's always best to practice double cleansing if you're wearing makeup.
The first part of a double cleanse is something to remove your makeup. My personal favorite is a cleansing balm—its makeup-melting abilities come without the pore-clogging side effects, and it feels almost therapeutic rubbing the creamy concoction on your face. You also have the luxury of skipping eye makeup remover, since balms can be used around the eye area. However, you could also use a cleansing oil or micellar water if you prefer, both of which will remove makeup effectively.
Start with a small scoop of the cleansing balm in clean, dry hands. After warming up the formula between your fingers, gently massage the balm in circular motions—taking extra care around the eyes—all over your face. Once the makeup starts to break down, rinse away the milk-like texture with warm water.
But don't stop there! Even though you just removed your makeup, that doesn't mean your skin is clean. After rinsing everything off, come in for a second cleanse with your regular, go-to cleanser. This step ensures any leftover makeup is removed, as well as cleansing the skin of dirt, oil, and other impurities that can clog pores.
After that, use a washcloth to pat dry your face and proceed with your post-cleansing skincare routine. Oh, and don't forget to change your face towel every two to three days as impurities and bacteria can quickly accumulate.