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When it comes to eye makeup, how much thought do you really give to how you take it all off at the end of the day? Don’t even think about skipping out on this step—sleeping in your makeup is a big skin care no-no. But if you’ve washed your face with a cleanser only to see you somehow now have streaks of mascara and eyeliner under your eyes, you could be going about your eye makeup removal process all wrong. The skin around your eyes is super-delicate, so it’s important to be gentle when removing your mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow. Ready to change the way you go about things? Keep reading to find out why it’s so important to wipe your eye makeup off before bed and how to do so gently yet effectively.
Of course, it’s always tempting to get under the covers after a long day and skip washing your face. But even if you don’t have the energy for any other part of your skin care routine at night, you should take off your makeup to avoid clogged pores and breakouts. The good news is that removing your eye makeup properly is seriously easy and won’t cost you all that much time.
Like we said early, when it comes to taking off your eye makeup, being gentle is key. Enter micellar water, a French favorite cleanser that is now gaining popularity worldwide—and for good reason. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—suspended in water. These molecules act like a magnet to help lift dirt, oil, and makeup residue up and away from the skin. Basically, micellar water is a lazy girl’s dream: There’s no rinsing—or harsh rubbing—required! Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which cleans dirt and impurities and removes even waterproof makeup (take that, waterproof mascara!). It’s even suitable for sensitive skin.
Want to try micellar water but never used it before? Well, it turns out it’s really easy!
Step 1: Saturate a cotton pad with micellar water.
Step 2: If you’re wearing eye makeup, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds and then gently wipe to remove.
Step 3: Wipe the pad over the rest of your face until your skin is completely clean.
In addition to micellar water, makeup removing towelettes are another great, easy option to remove your eye makeup. Working out at night? Toss a pack in your bag so you can swipe everything off before you hit the gym! Too tired to make it to the bathroom before bed? Keep a pack on your nightstand for easy access! Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean Makeup Removing Towelettes, which gently cleanse and remove all makeup—yes, even waterproof mascara and long-wear formulas! These ultra-soft towelettes gently dissolve all traces of makeup as well as dirt and oil without drying out your skin. Plus, they’re gentle enough to use around the eye area. Simply open the pack, and wipe a towelette around your eye area and the rest of your face. Like micellar water, there’s no rinsing required—so even if you’ve had a late night, no excuses! Just remember to reseal the pack to prevent the remaining towelettes from drying out. It’s that easy!
We get it: Some nights, you’re just going to be too tired to do anything after taking off your makeup. But it is important to establish a daily nighttime beauty routine if you want to keep your complexion happy. So, after you take off your eye makeup, at least follow up with an eye cream for hydration. Try the L’Oréal Paris Eye Defense, a light, non-greasy gel-cream that is formulated to help defend against the premature signs of aging around the eyes (think puffiness, wrinkles, and dark circles). Apply the eye cream in small dots around your eye area until absorbed.