A crucial step in your daily skincare routine, makeup removal can prove counterproductive if you continue to make certain mistakes. Here are the four main faux pas to avoid.
Cleansers, what are the mistakes not to make?
Four mistakes that are best removed from your beauty routine.
Error 1 : Not washing hands:
The first thing to do before removing your makeup is to thoroughly wash your hands, especially if you are using a makeup removal oil that requires hand application. Indeed, hands can be real breeding grounds for bacteria, dirt and irritating products such as hand sanitiser. It would be best to prevent these from ending up on your face.
Error 2 : Choosing an unsuitable product:
It is crucial to choose a makeup remover that is suitable for your skin type. Be wary of misconceptions, such as the idea that cleansing oil should be avoided for oily skin, when in fact it helps to nourish and balance the skin's pH, without leaving a greasy finish. In summary, thecleansing oil is suitable for all skin types, although dry and sensitive skin should avoid it as it requires rinsing with water. Themicellar water is suitable for all skin types, but it is particularly recommended for combination to oily skin. Lastly, cleansing milk is generally recommended for dry, mature and sensitive skin due to its soft and light texture, while cleansing gel is more suitable for normal to combination skin.
Error 3 : Not being gentle:
Some people believe that vigorous rubbing is necessary to remove makeup and cleanse the skin. However, this bad habit can weaken your skin. Even worse, if you think that rubbing your eyes hard with a cotton pad soaked in makeup remover will more quickly and effectively remove your mascara or eyeshadow. On the contrary, you will be assaulting your eye contour and causing irritation, despite it being a highly sensitive area.
Error 4 : Neglecting/forgetting certain areas:
Remember to thoroughly remove makeup from all areas: the neck, eyes, lips, and ears. For instance, inadequately cleansed lips can become chapped, or poorly removed mascara can dry out and make eyelashes brittle, leading to their loss in clumps. In more extreme cases, mascara residues can slip under the eyelid and cause corneal infection or conjunctivitis. Similarly, a poorly cleansed neck or ears can promote the appearance of skin imperfections, as pores can become clogged with makeup.
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