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Beauty Tips: Which Makeup Remover is Right for your Skin Type?

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Let’s face it: we barely ever wake up with our makeup perfectly in tact like it is in the movies! It’s so important that before going to bed, you remove your makeup. As many of you know, in Korean skin care, double cleansing is a necessity in your skin care routine and removing makeup is step one. You don’t want your pores to get clogged with impurities and wake up with makeup smudged all over your face! Makeup remover options have grown considerably in the last few years. With makeup remover wipes, makeup remover gels and cleansing oils, etc., it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose for your specific skin type.

Before getting into the different types, it’s very important to know how to remove your makeup. It’s important to remember that you should never have to rub to take your makeup off and using MORE makeup remover on your cotton pad is always better than not having enough.

The Different Types of Makeup Removers:

Micellar water or cleansing water: This is a gentle option for sensitive skin. It will remove basic makeup, but in order to completely clean the skin, you may need a few cleansing water rounds. An eye makeup remover will also be needed to fully remove waterproof eyeliner or mascara. Cleansing water can double as a makeup remover and as a cleanser, without leaving a sticky film. Since it is also gentle, it is great for all skin types, but particularly perfect for dry skin or sensitive skin.

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Makeup Remover Gel: For makeup remover gels targeted for face, these mild, gentle cleansers can remove makeup and impurities while leaving the skin feeling clean and healthy. For eye and lip makeup remover gels, these are strong enough to remove mascara and long-lasting lipstick without damaging your eyes and lips.

Foam Cleansers: Foam cleansers are typically needed to remove final facial makeup residue as well as ideal makeup removers for those who like to lather. Foam cleansers will give you a lot of bang for your buck! Just a small, pea-size amount will quickly and efficiently help to remove face makeup. Lip and eye makeup remover will still be necessary to use in addition to a foam cleanser. There are also several foam cleansers on the market specifically targeted for sensitive skin.

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Makeup Remover Oil/ Cleansing Oil: Cleansing oil leaves your face feeling soft and is a very effective source of makeup remover. It is usually ideal for dry skin (though can be used for all skin types). They are typically infused with various natural oils (such as primrose, jojoba seed, olive oil or macadamia oil), but they will not leave your skin feeling oily. Even oily skin can reap the benefits of oil makeup removers because they do not strip your skin of its natural oils; they help regulate oil production on the face. Cleansing oil helps to balance your skin's natural sebum production (since too much sebum can lead to unpleasant acne breakouts). They also help loosen up makeup, especially with removing waterproof eyeliner and mascara, which helps reduce friction on your face. It is perfect for removing long-lasting or strong water resistant makeup, which can allow for less redness and skin irritation. It is still important to use face wash after using cleansing oil.

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Makeup Remover Lotion/ Cleansing Lotion / Cleansing Milk: Makeup remover lotion gently removes all facial makeup without leaving a residue. Cleansing milk has a thin, creamy consistency, and is massaged into the skin to bring out dirt, makeup and sunscreen. It rinses off easily and leaves the skin feeling moisturized and smooth. Many lotions are lightweight and can remove makeup and impurities without stripping your skin. Those who feel uncomfortable using oil on their skin may feel more comfortable using lotion. This type of makeup remover is especially great for dry or sensitive skin, because of the extremely gentle and moisturizing formula.

Cream Cleansers: Cream cleansers really saturate your skin and get deep down into the pores to remove oil, make-up and other impurities. They often leave your skin feeling more hydrated than other kinds of makeup removers. With a thick and rich consistency, this cream can dissolve even the toughest makeup so it is perfect for heavy makeup wearers. It is beneficial to those with dry skin or mature skin as well as to those with acne prone skin. Most cleansing creams contain as much as 85% oil. All you need is to massage the cleansing cream onto your face to dissolve the makeup gently. Additionally, the cream is formulated to smooth and moisturize the skin, so it won’t leave your face feeling tight or dry. Some really enjoy cold cream cleansers, which are cold creams that cleanse away makeup and dirt as they hydrates and cool your skin.

Makeup Remover Wipes/ Makeup Remover Cloths: Perfect for tired or lazy people or those who are traveling! Cloths, wipes, and towelette-like makeup removers are designed to remove makeup without water. You can use them to remove a portion of your makeup or all of it. With a simple wipe (though sometimes several wipes), this product removes makeup and tones your skin. Some wipes contain vitamins and witch hazel to clean pores while providing hydration and are typically useful for anyone with super sensitive skin. Other wipes are formulated with lactose and amino acids to nourish and moisturize your skin, which is great for normal to dry skin. There are also wipes formulated with pomegranate and other natural ingredients, intended for oily to combination skin. They remove oil and makeup and can be used for eyes and lips. If you are acne prone, it can be worth to try these makeup remover wipes. Some are fragrance free and others have a lovely fragrant smell! Note that wipes can often leave behind a chemical residue so it is still important to rinse and wash your face afterwards.

Finding the Right Makeup Remover:

The key to deciding which type of makeup remover to use is to focus on what's most important to you. That includes choosing ingredients you're comfortable with, as well as a formula that suits your skin type and to your personal preference. Like all makeup, trial and error is the best way to know which type of makeup remover will be best suited for you!

Article Published: January 24, 2017 is a review site for Korean makeup, Korean skin care, and other Asian beauty products. It's the best way to blog and share your Asian skincare reviews!