Not wearing makeup to work is better than going to bed with makeup on.
Here’s a fact that most of us aren’t aware of, or we probably ignore it altogether – Removing makeup from your skin is more important than wearing it. Just like us, skin has a life of it’s own. When we face problems in life, we’re irritated, we’re disturbed or we just simply break down. Similarly, our skin is designed to react to any kind of product that is causing irritation to it, by breaking out.
Any product other than your moisturizer/essential oil harms your skin if slept over it. Leaving on makeup and not cleansing before going to bed is the most crucial reason behind unnecessary acne, sebum production, dull and blemished skin. For what I have suffered, it’s safe for me to swear by the one golden rule for healthy and clear skin – Always, always cleanse your face before going to bed at night. Just like brushing my teeth every morning and night, cleansing my face is a routine for me, which I can’t get away with. The science is simple. Our skin consists of pores which basically act like lungs. Skin needs to breathe, just like we do. And this breathing process of the skin is best at night when we’re asleep. This is the time when our skin repairs and regenerates itself, and for this sole purpose, our pores need to be grime-free and clean.
So today I have decided to share with you all a simple and friendly cleansing routine that I swear by :
STEP 1 – Makeup removal wipes/Baby wipes
Start your cleansing process by wiping off all that product using makeup removal wipes designed specially for this purpose, or some good old baby wipes! With ingredients like Aqua, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, and Chamomilla Flower extract, I personally love Mothercare’s baby wipes. They are super gentle on the skin (Paraben free) yet do the job of thorough cleansing.
This step is crucial as the ingredients present in these wipes gently break down the chemicals that are on your skin in the form of makeup. I always make sure I use wipes to remove makeup, especially when I have foundation on. A makeup-free day doesn’t require this step.
STEP 2 – Facial Cleanser + Washcloth
After wiping off all that makeup (including eyes and lips), wait around for about two minutes before washing your face. I use the Cetaphil Facial Cleanser as I have extremely sensitive skin and this is one product that has worked wonders for me! It contains Cetyl Alcohol and Stearyl Alcohol Lotion, which is again very gentle on the skin yet does the job of thorough cleansing. You can use your regular facial cleanser/wash and massage it gently onto the skin in circular motions, to remove any sort of dirt that may be left behind. If you still feel that some makeup residue is left, use a washcloth to gently rub and wipe your face with it. Wash your face once with lukewarm water, and end the process with a cold splash. This will close your pores after all that thorough cleansing.
STEP 3 – Moisturizer
The key to healthy skin is a good moisturizer. Trust me, when you find the right moisturizer which does what it has to do, you are solving seventy percent of your skin problems. So always moisturize after cleansing your skin! I personally like to apply my moisturizer on damp skin as I feel the skin absorbs it faster and leaves it with a fresh glow. My favourite moisturizers for summer are the Vitamin C and E ones from The Body Shop, and in winters I stick to my Acnemoist lotion (reviewed in an earlier post).
Indulging and investing time in makeup removal routines can actually change the way you see makeup. A lot of women are apprehensive of wearing makeup regularly because it might cause the skin to breakout. I myself don’t wear makeup every day. But sometimes, we need or want to, and nothing should stop us!