There’s a plethora of makeup removers out there. In fact, far too many! I’m not sure how many other methods there are out there, but I’ve used the following:
Makeup Remover Wipes
Makeup remover wipes are handy for traveling light and convenient, and for those times where you’re so tired that you wish you could skip cleansing and head to bed immediately. However, my personal opinion is that they don’t clean as well as the normal liquid makeup removers, are not environmentally friendly, and can get a little rough on skin. They can also get quite costly if you use them daily. My favourite brand of makeup wipes would be Simple cos they cleanse well, and are fragrance & alcohol free. However, the texture of the wipes can be a little scratchy.
Using oils to cleanse face might sound scary to some, especially those with oily skin. However cleansing oils are actually good for deep cleansing and does not make skin any oilier than other methods. As long as you use it the right way. When I first used COs, I was young and didn’t know that they were to be used differently from facial cleansers. So I wet my face and hands and poured the CO onto my palm before massaging it onto my face. Then, the technology of COs was not that good yet, and so the CO emulsified in my hand immediately and I was left with a pimply face soon after because makeup wasn’t removed properly. Nowadays, however, some COs can be used with wet hands and face, and deep cleanse pores really well. My choice of CO? Fancl. I like the thick cushiony texture that feels like velvet on face, and it is fragrance & alcohol free.
I don’t have much experience with cleansing gels, having only used 2 brands to the best of my memory – Biotherm & Cleansing Express. However, I feel that they do not remove makeup as well as COs and they’re probably more suited for light makeup and sunscreen removal.
Now, this is a new way to remove makeup, and the trend in makeup removing lately. Cleansing water, as the name suggests, is light as water, and feels like water on your skin. Mandom’s Cleansing Express took the local beauty blogging scene by storm as almost every beauty blog I frequent was raving about it, and soon I was converted as well. There is no burden on the skin as there’s minimal tugging and rubbing, and if you use good quality cotton pads, it will feel like you’re just applying toner. Since I bought my first bottle, I have gone through at least another 5 bottles of Cleansing Express thus far. I hardly do repeat purchases, and even if I do, not so frequently. Guess this shows how much I love CE!
Makeup remover cream is arguably one of the oldest methods of removing makeup. I remember the older generation using Pond’s cream to remove makeup. However, I think the thick texture of the cream may not be that suitable for those with oily skin as incorrect removal of the cream may actually lead to clogged pores and cause pimples. Also, the moisturizing layer left on skin after removal may be too much for oily skins to handle.
Now that I’ve given my little commentary on makeup removing methods, perhaps you could share with me what are your favourites and other methods of makeup removal that I have not heard of! Experiment is key, right?