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The most effective way to remove makeup

Updated on July 2, 2011

A skin care routine

There are many facial cleansers out there that claims to remove makeup, deep cleanse your pores without drying out your skin all in one step. But the truth is there is no one product that does all that effectively.

An overview

In order to remove makeup effectively without dryness, you need separate products and a step-by-step routine to remove, cleanse, tone and rejuvenate. The following is my own personal makeup removal routine and the actual beauty product I use.

What you'll need

You'll need cotton balls or pads, facial tissues (such as Kleenex) or a small washcloth reserved just for your face. In order to remove makeup effectively, you only need ordinary drugstore products. There is no need to purchase expensive facial cleansers.

Step 1: Prep

Wash you hands first before touching your face. Use some elastics or scrunchies to tie your hair back if you have long hair. Use a headband to keep bangs away from your forehead.

Step 2: Remove

The best product to remove makeup is--cold cream! Apply a thin layer (there is no need to wet your face first) and massage your skin gently. The cold cream will release makeup particles. Tissue off with cotton pads, tissues or a washcloth. If I'm not wearing makeup, I jump to step #4.

My staple is Pond's Deep Cleanser Cold Cream. Yes, cold cream is greasy because it is made of mineral oils. But it is the oil that breaks up gunk, dirt and makeup on your skin without clogging your pores.

Step 3: Eye care

If you want to remove eye makeup without irritations, use an eye makeup remover. Apply product according to the product's directions and take care not to have the solution get into your eyes.

Step 4: Cleanse

Now, use warm water to wet your face. Use whatever facial cleanser you like to clean off the cold cream residues. The warm water will help open pores and allow the cleanser to clean deeper. Rinse off with cold water.

I like to use Beauty Without Cruelty facial wash. It is gentle, has a clean smell and the pump bottle is convenient.

Step 5: Tone

While your face is still damp, wipe your face with toner soaked cotton pad. The toner will pick up cleanser residue (if there's any). It also helps close pores and re-balance the pH level on your skin.

I used to be loyal to Olay Toner. Since they have raised their prices, I make a switch to T.N. Dickinson's All Natural Astringent For Face and Body. For roughly the same price, I get 16oz--twice as much as the Olay bottle. Plus witch hazel is an all natural ingredient, I feel safer using this twice daily. Mind you this astringent does contain some alcohol, thus it can also relieves minor skin cuts and irritations.

Step 6: Use a serum

Now your skin is fresh and clean! This is the best time to apply serum if you usually use one in your face care routine. This drugstore type serum is what I'm using at the moment:

I love Beauty Without Cruelty Organic Vitamin C With Coq10 Vitality Serum because it has loads of organic ingredients and it contains Co-enzyme Q10 (for rejuvenation and antioxidant purposes). It has helped lesson my freckle-like pigmentation and improved skin texture.

My favorite drugstore brand serum

These are some other drugstore brands I have used in the past. I have switched because skin tone and pigmentation are my primary concerns. These serums promise wrinkle reduction but I have no immediate need on improving fine lines. Still I feel these are the best value for your money for preventative purposes. None of them irritated my skin and my makeup went on more smoothly. Applying these are like feeding your skin nightly.

Step 7: Moisturize

Most serum are water based and they do not moisturize your skin. So for the last step, use a

moisturizer! It doesn't matter if you have dry skin, oily skin or combination skin. Moisturizing is an essential step. Use less on you T-zone if you have combination skin. At night, I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion. It hydrates the skin fast and has no fragrance.

Before you get out of the house

Protecting your skin with a SPF lotion is a must. For my face, I use Eucerin Sensitive Facial Skin Moisture Lotion with SPF 30. Unlike most chemical SPF facial lotion I find, this dermatologist recommended SPF lotion has zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which acts as physical UVA/UVB blocker. It is also oil free so it is not greasy. Even though I have to apply evenly and give the lotion a little time to sink in, I find it very effective and worth the effort in a long run.

Go deeper into your skin

Now that you know the best way to cleanse your face, learn what causes large pores on the face? and how to how to care for large skin pores.

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