Take off your makeup!

By Lori Cline, Editor in chief, Beauty and your beast.com.

Sorry, I didn't mean to yell, but before you begin the task of becoming (more) beautiful, don’t forget to take off your makeup.

I know that sounds ridiculous (of course you would take it off; you’re
not a moron). Let me explain.


I know a lot of women who do a quick once-over on their face with a washcloth and some soap (more about soap and water for makeup removal in a few minutes) and then either go to bed and put their makeup on after they get up or begin to put on makeup right after they wash their face. No, no, no!

The importance of taking care of your skin is right up there with world peace, and if you don’t take off all of your makeup completely, you are doing your skin a lot of harm, not to mention your makeup is going to look crappy.

In addition, you have to take off your makeup right. I know I am not telling you anything new, but a lot of women take their makeup off and use things that might not be good for them.

There's taking off face makeup and there's taking off eye makeup. Let's start with your face.

Face makeup: What to use to take it off.

Soap and water are not recommended by a lot of experts, however, a lot of women have no problem with it. If you are a soap
and water person, here's the scoop.

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Hopefully you are using the right kind of soap. There are some do's and don'ts for different soaps.

-Natural soap.

Let me try to break this down quickly and painlessly so we can get to the good stuff.

Sometimes you'll hear in an ad that a low "pH level"
is the most important thing to look for in a soap. You
don’t want a pH level that’s too high, either.

PH levels measure how acidic your skin is. The more acidic your skin, the more dry and irritated it is.

If you want to read more about pH levels and your skin, Skincarerx.com explains it very well. I am not a scientist so I won’t go into it, but it’s really what’s in the soap that matters.

Natural soap does not have chemical additives. Additives can irritate your skin, sometimes a lot. Thus, if possible, always use natural soap.

-Soaps with added detergents and deodorants.

Like chemical additives, they are not natural and will probably irritate your skin; in addition, they don’t make your skin radiant and dewey and whatever-else adjective I can't think of at the moment. Don't use 'em.

-Soaps that have things like coconut oil, castor oil, etc. in them.

Yes, use these. (For the record, coconut oil is awesome for your skin.) The oils in the soap will lubricate your skin and it won't get too dry; soaps can really dry your skin out.

Tip: Even a little soap residue shouldn't be left on your face when you're done rinsing. At the end of your makeup taking ritual, make sure you rinse really, really well.

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-Facial cleansers.

If you wash your face with a facial cleanser, make sure you are using the right one for your skin. When you purchase a cleanser, make sure you read the labels carefully. Most department and drugstores have cleansers formulated especially for each skin type.

There are different facial cleansers to take off your makeup. You can choose towelettes, a gel cleanser, or the good ol' facial makeup removers. Just make sure to watch alcohol content; it's really important that you don't get one that's too high. (You can read more about that here: Toner: Taking off your makeup completely).

The last (highly) recommended way of taking off facial makeup is one that isn’t mentioned much anymore, but it definitely works as good if not better than a lot of facial cleansers, and that is...

-Cold cream.

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Yep. Cold cream can be the best, especially for dry skin. It is chock full of emollients that will lubricate your skin as you take your makeup off. Your skin will be baby-butt soft when you are done.

My mom was in the entertainment business and used to use Pond's cold cream to take off her makeup. When I was little I thought is smelled bad and vowed to get something else – anything else – to use to take my makeup off when I got old enough to wear makeup.

I always wondered why she used Pond’s when she could use anything. As I got older, I found out that the stinky Pond’s took everything off completely and my skin was really soft and supple. And it had an added benefit: It’s pretty cheap.

You may be used to a particular makeup remover, and as long as it is working in the way that I have described, then you’re good to go. If you are willing to try something new, you might try the cleansing cream route.

Some inexpensive drugstore brands (Pond’s, etc.) are as good as the more expensive brands; if you check the ingredients, they are more or less the same. A lot of the time in any kind of beauty product, you are paying for the marketing, the image, and the packaging.

On an off note, that works. I always see something (“Who care about expense? Look how pretty !”) that I don't know if I should buy when I go shopping for makeup stuff. I have some things that I purchase and use just because I like the look and feel of the jar, you know? Now a whole lot of common sense there, but it makes me feel good just the same.


Eye makeup: What to use to take it off.

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Okay, I won’t drone on and on about this one. All I’ll say here is that the area around your eyes is very sensitive and you need to watch how you take it off and what you use to do it with.

What to use? There are eye makeup pads, eye makeup removers (liquid), there are eye makeup removers that are waterproof for sensitive eyes. There are oil free eye makeup removers for those who tend to dry out around the eyes, and gentle eye makeup removers can be used by all.

Ask your friends what they use; get some recommendations. (For the record, I have used Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover with success for years, and now my daughter is using it and loves it.)

You can also make your own eye makeup remover pads should you be so inclined - a lot of women do this - and they work just as well (if not better). There are all types of oils, etc. to make them with, and they are obviously a lot cheaper.

Take one or two cotton pads and dip them in olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil until they are completely saturated. Squeeze them until they don’t drip and then take your eye makeup off (pat, don't rub). These types of eye makeup pads will remove all eye makeup - even waterproof mascara – and will keep the area around your eye moist.

Note: I saw a recipe I was thinking of trying that used four tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and three tablespoons of almond oil. We'll see.

Other eye makeup remover possibilities (which I have not tried, by the way):

-Saline solution. I know someone who wears contacts and swears by it as an eye makeup remover.

-Baby wipes. (Hmmm...)

-Baby oil.

There are a couple of eye makeup removers that get a lot of thumbs-down for eye makeup removing and those no-no's are Vaseline and Mineral oil. (Mineral oil, by the way, has been used by makeup artists for years - but now, not so much, I guess. Maybe it's just getting a bad rap for some reason.) Vaseline has been used a lot too, but it is a breeding ground for bacteria and why chance anything when there are so many other eye makeup removers you can use?

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The tried and true method for a lot of women seems to be cold cream.

This is one that Ihave tried, and it really is awesome to take your eye makeup off because it totally moisturizes the skin around your eyes. Plus, if you use it on your face, it's a two-birds-with-one-stone kind of thing.

One thing you have to watch about using cold cream to take eye makeup off is that is may be irritating to sensitive eye types. You know how you get conditioner in your eyes and it burns? Cold cream can be like that, too.

Let's see, what else?

Never use a Kleenex or tissue to take off your makeup – face or eyes! They can irritate the skin cuz they have little pieces of wood fibers in them.

Okay, you are almost done. There is just one more thing you have to do to make sure your makeup is completely taken off. Toner: Taking off your makeup completely.

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