How to Remove Makeup Without Losing Lashes and Irritating Your Skin

1. Do a first pass

First, you should do a general clean sweep. Don’t worry about the particulars, just use a gentle wipe or gel to remove most of the makeup on your face.

For heavy (or stage) makeup, you may need to use a more substantial product, such as an oil-based cleanser.

2. Cleanse thoroughly

Splash tepid water on your face and gently massage face wash all over, including the eye area, just keep your eyes closed! “This should remove most makeup,” says Dr. Graf. Then, pat skin dry with a towel.

3. Take care of eye makeup residue

To get rid of the remaining bits of liner, mascara, and so forth, Orlando recommends using a mild, fragrance-free eye makeup remover with a cotton ball “to help prevent damaging the skin or lashes.”

Be gentle: press the cotton ball onto the lid, hold for a few seconds, then lightly wipe.

Graf stresses that it’s important not to rub. “Rubbing your eyes can stretch and worsen wrinkles, which is why using mild products and a light touch is important,” she explains. If you’ve been an eye-rubber for years, don’t fret. “Damage is reversible when you stop rubbing,” says Graf.

In other words, change your habits now, and you should diminish wrinkles and fine lines in the long run!

4. Hydrate hydrate hydrate

When putting on eye cream, the well-known advice holds true: dab it underneath your eyes using your ring finger, because it’s difficult to apply too much pressure with this digit. “We should be using an eye cream no matter what age we are,” says Dr. Graf, who favors retinoid-based products.

Finally, apply your regular nighttime moisturizer everywhere else on your face, neck, and decolletage.


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