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In TV, it is not uncommon to see women awaken from eight hours of sleep with a full face of makeup. Samantha from “Bewitched” often threw off the covers with a perfectly made up face right down to her false eyelashes. “Hannah Montana” always got out of bed with mascara, foundation and lip gloss perfectly intact, and even the Bachelorettes on “The Bachelor” seem to emerge from sleep rather flawlessly. Don’t these ladies know how bad that is for their complexion?
Removing oil, makeup, and dirt is crucial for maintaining healthy skin and there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. According to New York City dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD, “The purpose of cleansing is to remove sweat, dirt, bacteria, and makeup from your skin. But to do that, you need to factor in everything from the products you use and the water temperature to when and how often you’re doing it.” To get the deep truth on the deep cleanse and discover tips for removing makeup, read on!
Take Off Your Makeup Before You Clean
Most regular cleansers are not strong enough to dissolve long wear makeup and high spf sunblock. Dermatologist Sonia Batra, MD, suggests removing makeup, “as gently as possible, so you’re not rubbing or tugging at your skin.” Dampen a cotton ball with oil based makeup remover and press over eyelids. Wait for 10 seconds to let the liner and mascara dissolve and then wipe away anything that remains. Use cotton pads soaked with cleansing water or cleansing cloths and wipe the makeup off the rest of your face until they come up clean.
The Right Way to Cleanse
Epidermologist and facialist Isabell Bellis explains face “swimming.” “On damp skin, starting at the corners of your mouth, glide your fingertips, covered with cleanser, up over your nose, into your forehead, around the eyes, and down the cheeks until you reach your chin, kind of like doing mini breaststrokes on your face.” This should be done for one or two minutes followed by a lukewarm water rinse. Pat with a towel, or if you’re acne prone and want to avoid the spread of bacteria, you may want to use a stack of tissues instead.
Layer on Treatment
Apply products: serum, toner, eye cream, moisturizer within a few minutes after cleansing while skin is damp and the pores are open, unless you are using prescription strength retinoids. For these, wait until skin is dry to prevent irritation.
Experts recommend double cleansing, claiming it gives a more thorough cleanse, however, this does not mean repeating the same process twice. For the first wash, use an oil -based cleanser, or even olive oil to rub into dry skin. This will also do the job of a makeup remover. After rinsing, move to a skin type specific product to get rid of sweat and bacteria.
Avoid Overusing Facial Wipes
Chicago dermatologist Peter Lio, MD, says, “Many wipes are loaded with harsh surfactants and preservatives that can cause dryness and irritation if not wiped off skin. He suggests using wipes for sensitive skin efficiently, starting in the center of the face and working toward the perimeter. He then recommends turning the pad over for a second wipe to make sure the dirt and makeup is lifted away, and not smeared around your face. Rinse with toner or water to get rid of buildup.
Assuming that you don’t wake up with a full face of perfectly set makeup, we’d love to hear about your cleaning rituals. How do you keep your pores unclogged and lovely? We want to know!