Huffington Post recently posed the question: is makeup remover damaging to your skin? And thankfully, the short answer is no. But there are some important things to keep in mind when using makeup remover.
Be Careful Around the Eye Area 1 of 7
Eye makeup can be somewhat difficult to remove, especially waterproof mascara. "Leftover mascara can lead to eye infections, discoloration and puffy eyes in the morning," said Dr. David Bank. But sensitive areas still should be treated gently to avoid some of the same issues of leftover makeup.
Photo Credits: Coconut Oil Eye Makeup Remover
Consider Using a Separate Eye Makeup Remover 2 of 7
If you have sensitive skin or fall victim to dry eyes, consider using a separate makeup remove just for your eyes. This one is suitable for contact lens wearers, as well as people with sensitive skin and sensitive eyes.
Buy it at MaryKay.com for $15
Baby Oil Is Not a Good Makeup Remover 3 of 7
Although women have been using baby oil as makeup remover for years, it's really not good for your face. Baby oil can cause breakouts for those with acne-prone skin.
Photo Credit: Johnson's Baby
Check the Ingredients 4 of 7
Regardless of the product, you must read labels. Many makeup removers contain ingredients that can dry and irritate the skin. Pictured is Pur~lisse Pur~delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser and Makeup Remover. Its formula is ideal for gently removing makeup without drying or irritating the skin.
Buy it at Pur~lisse for $36.00
Makeup Remover Should Be Washed Off 5 of 7
It's a misconception that makeup remover towelettes can be used without rinsing or washing the face before bed. The fact is they contain cleansers, preservatives, and fragrances that will leave residue on your face. Left on, these things can also dry out and irritate the skin.
Coconut Oil Can Be Used as a Natural Makeup Remover 6 of 7
One of the many beauty powers of coconut oil is that it gently removes stubborn eye makeup. I even use it on my entire face to remove makeup. I must warn you, though … some have experienced breakouts from coconut oil.
Baby Wipes Are Perfect for Quick Makeup Removal Jobs 7 of 7
Baby wipes are wonderful for quick lipstick or eye color changes. Although they are gentle enough to use on a baby, the same rules apply as if you were using a full makeup removal towelette. You still want to make sure you thoroughly cleanse your face after using.
Buy Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes, Soft Pack, Fragrance Free for $1.99 at Drugstore.com
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