I’m always looking for ways to simplify my skincare routine using effective, non abrasive products. Doesn’t seem like too much to ask for, right? My 19 year old self didn’t care much about skincare let alone removing my makeup — rarely did I ever take it off after a night out (those party times). My habits have drastically changed since (thank goodness) and I’ve been consistent with a particular combo that’s effective, sensitive-skin friendly, and quick.
1. Remove the makeup
Taking off my makeup with wipes is the first step for me, they do a great job at removing the first layer of gunk on my face while refreshing my skin. I like to switch between the Aveeno Ultra-Calming wipes and these Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover wipes as both are gentle do and even remove WATERPROOF mascara.
2. Wash with a Cleanser
Recently, I shared my nighttime skincare routine on Snapchat and explained how you cannot just use a makeup removing wipe and apply moisturizer after. No, no, no ladies — wash the face! Using a cleanser gets deep into your pores and removes yet another layer of dirt and makeup. I’ve been using very simple face washes (not targeted to anything in particular) so that it doesn’t strip my natural oils and leave my skin dry and tight.
Switching every other day between the No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser and Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser, I lather onto my face with warm water massaging thoroughly to remove as much residue and dirt. Rinsing off with warm water, pat dry with a small face towel.
3. Natural Toner
To finish the washing/removing process, an effective final step to help remove any excess left on the skin is using a natural toner. Personally, witch hazel is a great natural toner for me it not only serves as a final cleansing step but helps with dark spots, redness, treats blemishes, seals pores, and other amazing benefits. It does have a distinct scent to it and if it bothers, try a rosewater mist (provides same amount of benefits + hydration). After the cooling effect witch hazel leaves, I follow with the rest of my skincare steps.
I’ve learned from experience my skin is sensitive and stubborn, it becomes immune to a product very fast. By rotating similar products regularly, it tricks it into thinking it’s a new product and remains “normal”. Let me know in the comments below what steps you take to remove your makeup, I’d love to know!