Advice from a pro to remove makeup properly and have beautiful skin

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Makeup removal is an essential step in the skincare routine. Find out everything you need to know to clean your skin properly.

If it is gentle punctuation after a hard day, makeup removal is also and above all a crucial step in the beauty routine. 

Why remove makeup?

Makeup removal is the first skincare step for healthy and beautiful skin. Indeed, it is at nightfall that it regenerates. Letting your foundation macerate on your face all night is, therefore, sacrilege! “In addition to being subjected to the stress of the day, the skin does not breathe under makeup, which is often loaded with silicone. This pore clogging leads to other blackheads and pimples”, Explains the expert. For those who wear makeup, this detox ritual is therefore not an option. 

Do not confuse makeup removal and cleansing.

Watch out for the shortcut! An essential makeup remover does not purify the skin 100%. As the name suggests, he only removes makeup. For a natural cleaning, it is necessary to obtain a suitable product. “A cleanser is used to remove impurities, dead cells, but also pollution, “explains our pro. Elements that are not to be taken lightly! Indeed, a thesis shared by the University of Rennes thus affirms that pollution accelerates skin aging, thus leading to disorganization of the various tissues of the skin.

How to choose your makeup remover?

For Astrid Hermelin, the makeup remover must above all respect the hydrolipidic film (protective layer covering the surface of the skin) and the skin’s pH, whatever the skin type. Also, remember to choose your treatment according to your makeup. If you have a light hand, you can opt for micellar water. Conversely, if you like elaborate beauty treatments, prefer an oil. Finally, if you have waterproof makeup that is proof against all emotions, you can use two-phase products: an oily part of dissolving stubborn makeup and a watery part.

Which makeup remover for oily skin?

If you have oily skin, you can ideally opt for oil, despite popular belief. “Oily skin is very often attacked by drying products. It is therefore not a concern to use oils, as long as they are non-comedogenic . “Our pro invites us to carefully observe the composition of the products in order, in particular, to track down silicones, which prevent the skin from breathing. It is also possible to prefer cleansing gels and creams suitable for oily skin (see mention on the pack).

What makeup remover for dry skin?

If you have dry skin, turn to cleansing milk to rinse off with a tonic instead. There are also very gentle products specially designed for this type of skin.

When to use micellar water?

In recent years, micellar waters have been the stars of the parapharmacy and beauty hygiene departments. These are formulated with micelles, lipophilic (like fat), and hydrophilic (like water). A recipe that combines makeup removal and cleansing to say goodbye to sebum, pollution, foundation, and other mascara. For Astrid Hermelin, these products are efficient, especially for young skin. It is also the perfect ally at the end of late evenings when you have only one desire: to throw yourself in bed. It allows, in a few strokes of cotton, to free the skin of its impurities. However, our experts say classic micellar waters are less suitable for sensitive skin because they are too aggressive. Do not hesitate to use a mist of thermal water after use to soothe skin scalded by micelles.

Which eye makeup remover?

To avoid exploding your toiletry bag, all-in-one makeup removers are a ready-made solution. With just one product, we say “bye bye” to foundation, lipstick, and mascara. It is mandatory to indicate on the packaging of the products whether they can be applied near the eyes, which are susceptible areas. If you want to be sure of yourself, always make sure that your makeup remover is free of alcohol and perfume before removing your eyeshadow with it. For sensitive eyes, prefer formulations made from cornflower water, with decongestant and soothing properties.

Focus on layering

A ritual straight from Asia, layering has been crossing the gates of the West for several years. This method consists of applying successively to his face several layers of different treatments. Far from being a routine designed for moms in a hurry, layering is still an excellent time to take for yourself. In order, you can apply makeup remover, cleanser, lotion, serum, eye area, then moisturizer. In other words, we are far from minimalism and zero waste! For Astrid Hermelin, this method allows for a natural break of well-being. However, it is not necessary to have such a diversity of products to have beautiful skin. Going simple with the right products can be just as effective!

How to properly use your makeup remover?

For good makeup removal, we start by taking care of the eyes, then the mouth, to finish with the complexion. There is no point in rubbing brutally; gentle movements will suffice to make even the most stubborn mascaras disappear. If you are using lotion or micellar water, apply it all with a cotton ball. If you are in the oil team, the application is made with your fingers. So remember to wash your hands well. You can apply it on dry skin by massaging, then emulsify with a coat of water while continuing to massage, to finally rinse everything. You can also use it directly to your moistened face. Follow with a cleanser, then finish your routine with a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type. Your face will say thank you! 

DIY eye makeup remover 

 For a homemade cleansing oil, you need: 

  • 10 g of dried calendula flowers
  • 1 teaspoon of dried eyebright
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons of sunflower oil 

In a jar, insert the calendula flowers and eyebright. Then add olive oil, avocado oil, and sunflower oil. Close the jar tightly and let macerate for four weeks next to a window. Filter and pour into a pump bottle, and voila! 

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