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A Therapist’s Guide to Make-Up Removal

7th December 2016

Closeup portrait of a pretty young woman using cotton on closed eyes

 

Tis the season...for parties, festive dinners, and merrymaking with friends. And we know that some nights, removing your make-up is the last thing you want to do before you sink into slumber. However, it is important - there’s no way around it if you want good skin health. So we thought we would give you some expert support and advice on how to get it right from Therapist Supervisor at The House of ELEMIS, Hannah Barnes.

What's really so bad about leaving my eye make-up on at night?
Anything unnatural on the body for any length of time is going to inhibit the natural function. The eye area is made up of such delicate skin, we must cleanse the skin to remove any impurities and ensure we avoid any premature ageing or unnecessary drying of the skin. For the lashes also; you want them to be able to breathe and grow. Using White Flowers Eye & Lip Make-up Remover with Vitamin B5 to help enrich the lashes overnight, is a great way to protect them.

Why doesn't ELEMIS make face wipes?
We've all heard the worrying stories about face wipes; some being able to remove limescale, others cleaning stains off windscreens. Who knows if this is the case? But as a therapist, what I do know, is that a lot of my clients who have come to me for advice having used these for years, have extremely sensitive and dehydrated skin.

Make-up wipes typically contain a lot of alcohol and preservatives, to keep the wipe itself moist. This is unnatural and can destroy the skin’s natural microflora and acid mantle - the skin’s environment, natural protective film and pH balance - if these harmful substances come into contact with the skin. This in turn causes the skin to become problematic with dehydration or breakouts.

The closest thing we provide to a facial wipe is our incredible Smart Cleanse Micellar Water. I fell in love with this product when I first used it. It's perfect for those nights, when you come in exhausted from either work or play and can't muster up the energy to get to the sink to do a deep cleanse. Grab your bottle of Smart Cleanse Micellar Water, your packet of cotton wool and simply sweep away the day. Rest easy that you've gone to bed having carried out your skincare.

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ELEMIS Smart Cleanse Micellar Water

Oil, lotion, gel, micellar water....what's the best texture to remove eye make-up?
I believe it's personal choice. Just as you have your favourite facial cleansing texture to use, you can find your favourite eye make-up remover too. I personally love a more oil-based one, which feels nourishing and helps the make-up to simply slide off the skin and lashes.

What about waterproof make-up?
For waterproof make-up, using an oil based or bi-phase (one you shake to mix the oil and water-like solution together) is the best way to clear away that stubborn mascara and make-up off the eye area.

My eye area always tingles when I cleanse - what am I doing wrong?
You're not necessarily doing anything wrong, you just might be using something not specifically designed for the eye area or something your eyes are slightly sensitive to. I would recommend trying a different product, something natural and suitable for sensitive skin. White Flowers Eye & Lip Make-Up Remover contains White Water Lily, White Peony Extract and White Tea, as well as Marine Spring Water, all natural and calming ingredients to ensure you do not experience any heightened sensitivity in the eye area.

Woman applying ELEMIS makeup remover

 

What's the best temperature water to use?
The happy medium. Nothing too hot or too cold, just lukewarm water is perfect to enhance the effectiveness of your make-up remover.

Single or double cleanse?
Join the double cleanse club - two is always better than one! This will ensure make-up is fully removed and that your skin’s microflora is in its best possible environment.

What else do I need to perform the best cleanse?
Cotton wool pads are a therapist’s best friend. They're effective but also gentle and soft especially against the eye area to avoid any unnecessary pulling. The fibres also help to catch strands of mascara ensuring a thorough cleanse.

What kind of action should I use to rid my eyes of make-up but protect my lashes?
Never, and I repeat, never drag your eye area. Who needs to help gravity? It is important to let the cotton pad simply rest on the eye area to dissolve the make-up and impurities then gently slide downwards on the lashes to help the mascara glide off. At the corner of the eye work in an upwards sliding motion to help the structure of the skin and avoid any encouragement of ageing on the eye.

Do I need to cleanse my eyes again in the morning?
If your facial cleanser is suitable to use around the eye area, then when you are doing your facial cleanse in the morning gently work over the eyes too and that should be sufficient.
However, if you are unsure or it doesn't state that you can, I would recommend just quickly using your eye make-up remover again in the morning, to refresh and revitalise the area ready for the application of anymore skincare and make-up.

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